South Africa: Overland’s new ‘green’ storage releases


Channel Data, an authorised distributor of Overland Storage products has released three new offerings designed to help organisations address their data storage needs while minimising their carbon footprint.

Overland’s Ultamus RAID nearline storage arrays, REO Series disk backup and recovery appliances, together with NEO Series and ARCvault tape backup and archive appliances have all been declared RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliant.

The RoHS agreement restricts the usage of six hazardous materials (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ether in the manufacture of electronic equipment.

Channel Data MD, Mike Hamilton welcomes the announcement. He says the tightening of environmental compliance measures on a world-wide scale poses a sizable challenge to high-tech manufacturers and distributors.

“Overland Storage appliances have several environmental and sustainable data storage advantages,” says Hamilton. “Apart from the absence of heavy metals, they optimise power consumption as they are manufactured in smaller form factors to a ‘cableless’ design which results in fewer parts and thus reduced emissions.

“They also feature cutting-edge technologies, such as deduplication, which stores unique instances of data – not all duplicate data – offering an eco-friendly alternative to data conservation.

“With compression technologies which increase backup disk capacity by a factor of between 12 and 25 significantly more data can be stored in the same disk space. This radically reduces hardware costs and decreases energy consumption, thereby saving electricity.”

He adds that Overland’s modular and scalable tape library alternatives to disk systems can reduce overall power consumption by 5% and reduce heat output by a much larger margin – as tape technology generates just 1% of the heat associated with (disk-based) RAID appliances.

The absence of heavy metals means that all Overland Storage equipment is recyclable.