Articles about Overland Storage

Sphere 3D keeps business ship afloat atop sea of red ink

+Comment Overland Storage's – oops, sorry – Sphere 3D's ability to walk on water, otherwise known as floating on red ink, continues unabated with its fourth quarter and full calendar year 2015 results. Tape and disk data protection vendor Overland Storage was bought by Sphere 3D in December 2014. Much has been made of its Glassware …
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2016
Help_hand

Overland Storage by any other name would still make losses (and has)

Comment Overland Storage ... sorry, Sphere 3D these days after the acquisition, continues on its merry way with no appreciable change in its progress – revenues are still falling and losses are deepening. Actually, if you look at 22 consistently loss-making quarters, you might even think this is its strategy. CEO and chairman Eric …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2015
CSIRO's silicon sphere

Sphere 3D now sure about Azure, joins Microsoft Cloud Alliance

Virtualisation and data management company Sphere 3D says its Glassware 2.0 and SnapCLOUD VirtualNAS products can now use Azure, as the company has joined a Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance. Glassware is, we are told, a "virtual application hosting platform which uses a lightweight containerisation technology to enable …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2015

Imation ejects its removable disk biz, hands it to Sphere 3D

With an echo back to its prior Overland Storage data protection days, Sphere 3D has bought Imation’s RDX removable disk storage business. RDX is a removable disk (well, duh – Ed.) cartridge with up to 2TB capacity intended for use as a tape replacement in off-system/off-site backup. The drives fit into QuikStor and QuikStation …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2015
craft_brewery

Everyone's at it: Backup folk spaff out tsunami of cloudy, flashy gear

The artisanal world of back-up product creation continues to blast out refinements, with product announcements from Arkivum, CommVault, Unitrends and Veeam, as well as cloud filer product news from Sphere 3D (previously Overland Storage). Arkivum has a pair of tape-based archiving products; Arkivum/1+1 and Arkivum/OnSite and …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2015
Sunset

Red-inked Crossroads goes straight on with rights issue

Comment Crossroads Systems, which makes StrongBox archiving and Sphinx virtual tape systems, as well as the smaller RVA tape verification product, is looking poverty-stricken as it goes for a rights issue to replenish its coffers. Sphinx virtual tape OEM revenues have been falling for several quarters and StrongBox LTFS archiving …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2015

Healthy Drobo set free by Connected Data to go it alone

Drobo, maker of simple-to-use personal data storage robots which you populate yourself with disk drives, is being spun-out by owner Connected Data, with an investment group buying the business. The firm was originally called Data Robotics but changed its name in 2011 to the name of its Drobo* product, which amassed a large and …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2015
The Black Knight, defeated

Merged Sphere 3D merrily continues Overland's loss trend

Sphere 3D, now replete with the fruits of its Overland Storage merger, has carried on Overland's history of declining revenues and constant losses. We thought we might have had to undergo a mental reset for a moment. Canadian application virtualisation software hawker Sphere 3D took over/merged with Overland recently and this …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2015
RDX_QuikStor

Sphere 3D: Our pop-out 2TB disk product? Of COURSE it's rugged

Forget Overland Storage – that company has merged with Sphere 3D, which added its software virtualisation technologies, like Glassware, to the Overland line of SnapServer, SnapScale, SnapSAN, NEO and RDX disk array, tape library and removable disk products. And now it has got itself an RDX QuikStor removable disk product –r …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2015
Transporter

Imation rolls out the Barrall

Imation has recruited BlueArc and Drobo founder Dr. Geoff Barrall to its board. Barrall has an impressive storage, having founded BlueArc, a hardware-accelerated filer startup which was bought by HDS. Subsequently he was the founder and CEO of Data Robotics, the startup which produced the Drobo (Data Storage Robot), a CTO and …
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2014

Overland Storage becomes part of Sphere3D

Overland Storage is merging with Sphere 3D; two loss-making companies hoping to come good by coming together. Overland has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canadian Sphere 3D, and Sphere 3D Corporation will trade on Nasdaq. Both boards approved the deal as did Overland's shareholders; 99 per cent of the shares were voted in …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2014

ANOTHER red-ink-spattered quarter for Overland Storage

Comment Data manager Overland is still making losses (bigger ones more recently) with profitability like a mirage forever receding into the distance, despite having acquired Tandberg Data as a way of cutting its operating expenses and expanding its markets. Revenues for its 2015 first fiscal quarter were $22.9m, double the $10.6m …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2014
SpectraLogic TeraPack

Tape vendor sueball match over: SpectraLogic and Overland down rackets

Tape Library vendor SpectraLogic has announced that it has beaten off a patent lawsuit from Overland Storage. Overland had claimed Spectra was infringing its IP. Instead the US Patent Office has ruled the IP had been present in an earlier IBM tape library. The firm said the patent in question is U.S. Patent No. 6,328,766, which …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2014

Hey small biz: You know what you need? A tape library – Overland

Overland has got itself a new NEO tape library (cue jokes about the Matrix Reloaded) called the NEOxl, and it's packed a huge amount of capacity inside it. The two models in the product line both support LTO5 and LTO6 tape formats and come in 6U enclosures: NEOxl 60 To 3 drives and 60 slots 90TB-375TB capacity (90TB is …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2014

All awash in red ink, but Overland Storage is still swimming

Analysis Overland Storage, the troubled tape and low-end scale-out disk array storage vendor, is still battling on, with a swell in revenues despite increasing losses. How does CEO Eric Kelly do it? Overland's fourth quarter (Q4) and fiscal 2014 year headline numbers are, well, impressive comes to mind: Q4 revenues of $24.2m, up 100 …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2014
Sheep muster

The A-to-Z of storage news: Your quick 'n' dirty tasting menu

The time around VMworld - which runs from 25 to 28 August in San Francisco – saw a frenetic pace of announcements which were obliterated from the main news radar screens by things like VMware’s EVO: RAIL. Here’a catch-up list of many of them. In alphabetic order of the suppliers: Brocade has extended support for its Solid …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2014

Overland Storage and BDT end four-year-long patent spat

Overland Storage and BDT have terminated their four-year lawsuit in which Overland sued BDT for allegedly using its intellectual property unlawfully. Tape automation product supplier Overland commenced its action against German tape automation supplier BDT concerning tape media handling in tape libraries. It did so on a no win/ …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2014
Storage step 5

Loved-up shared storage silos in SHOCK SPLIT!

Blocks and Files A previously uniform shared storage architecture is splintering apart as server virtualisation, dedupe, flash and the cloud shatter the old order – giving us five steps to heaven, or hell, depending on your viewpoint. The old shared storage order was a bunch of servers linked across a network to a storage area network (SAN) or …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2014
John Morelli

Sphere 3D's mini microvisor: Drilling into touchy biz tech

Analysis I have just seen an Overland SnapScale DX2 scale-out filer storage array running Corel WordPerfect and serving it via the Glassware 2.0 product, also running in the DX2, to an iPad across a Wi-Fi network. What the heck's going on here? Overland Storage is merging with mobe-tech-enabling outfit Sphere 3D in an all-share …
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2014
Sphere 3D

Overland Storage, 'miracle' flirty virty Sphere 3D jump in bed

Perennial loss-making Overland Storage will merge with Canadian company Sphere 3D. The combined companies will take the name of Sphere 3D, whose Glassware software apparently does the seemingly impossible: “Enable mobile device users the full functionality of any software program or application on any device, anywhere.” …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2014
Violinist

Violin Memory fiddles with board, adds new director – music to Clinton Group's ears?

Violin Memory has announced a new board director and expanded the board from seven to eight seats to do so. The Clinton Group, the activist investor that's been yelling at Violin to sell itself, is now on-board and on-message. The new director is Vic Mahadevan, the ex-NetApp chief strategy officer. The canned quotes are full of …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2014
lifebelt

Overland Storage in fiendish reverse stock split share value ploy

Overland Storage, the troubled tape and low-end scale-out disk array storage vendor, is wanting to do a reverse stock split to get its share price up above the Nasdaq exit level. This is revealed in an SEC Form-8K filing by Overland. It states: "On April 3, 2014, the Board of Directors of the Company approved a one-for-five (1- …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2014
Drobo 4-bay

Storage boxen-flinger Drobo: Our Q4 numbers were not that NASty

Glossy storage boxen flinger Drobo has "adjusted" its prices and snuggled up to partners and says it is experiencing a resurgent demand for its products. A new 4-bay product should benefit from that. Drobo founder Geoff Barrall returned to the helm at Drobo when his ConnectedData startup merged with Drobo in May 2013. While …
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2014
Roughly 150kg of gold

TGI Monday: Brocade profits up, Scality and Tegile fattening up

Tracking storage supplier and association news is like standing underneath a waterfall; you get deluged. Of course, the main stories stand out but there are lots of others that are worthy of note. In alphabetic order we have: Fibre Channel and Ethernet switch networking vendor Brocade announced strongly profitable results for …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2014
BizNAS

98.8% of Overland shareclutchers say OMG, YES to Tandberg takeover

Overland Storage shareholders have overwhelmingly voted in favour of the Tandberg Data takeover by Overland. There was a 98.8 per cent vote in favour of the takeover at a 16 January meeting. But, then, there was no other option on the table except the virtual certainty of an eventual Overland collapse and a total wipeout of …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2014
SpectraLogic T-Finity library

SpectraLogic asks US patent office to probe Overland patent

Tape library supplier SpectraLogic has petitioned the United States Patent and Trademark Office to review one of the patents which lies at the heart of an IP infringement lawsuit it has been battling since 2012. The patent's holder, Overland Storage, is a distressed tape library and scale-out disk array storage vendor currently …
Team Register, 30 Dec 2013
Google Lenoir datacentre with Oracle tape libraries

The year when Google made TAPE cool again...

Year in Review Tape has pretty much been rescued over the past year by revelations that both Google and Amazon were using tape libraries for data archiving purposes.If these glamorous, bleeding edge online cloud service provider firms used boring old legacy tape then, hey, the stuff must still really be useful. It was a mixed picture though …
Chris Mellor, 29 Dec 2013
Scrooge McDuck

Don't count out Overland Storage: Borged mixed tape biz = PROFIT at last

Analysis We expected declining revenues and another loss and Overland didn’t disappoint. First fiscal 2014 quarter revenues of $10.6m were down 9 per cent on the annual compare and 12 per cent compared to the previous quarter. On the other hand, its new acquisition means it pulls a lot of resources out of the tape biz and into the more …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2013

Mixed tape: Overland Storage buys Tandberg Data in CASH-FREE transaction

Struggling tape and disk storage vendor Overland Storage is buying recovering tape systems vendor Tandberg Storage for $42m in stock to help boost its revenues. Tandberg Data supplies tape and disk-based storage and data protection products to small and medium businesses. It has recently recovered from a bankruptcy experience in …
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2013
nTier Verde visual status

OK, we're flogging a disk array, but cut us open and we bleed TAPE – SpectraLogic

Tape library supplier SpectraLogic has quietly added a spinning rust product to its archive portfolio: the nTier Verde array. Hmm. Tape-based data protection vendors like Overland Storage and Quantum have gone into the disk array business to offset declining tape revenues. And results have varied: financial impact has been …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2013
Seagate 8-bay rackmount NAS

Shrinking market doesn't scare the NASty boys of storage

The network-attached storage market appears to have shrunk slightly, but it seems that Buffalo, Seagate and Overland think the market's set to grow soon. There has been quite a bit of NAS action of late, with Buffalo pushing out a new product, Seagate spinning out a pair of rackmount NAS shelves, and Overland introducing one …
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2013

Cash-bleeding Overland: A healthy BYOD brings a sound mind

Overland Storage announced its usual loss-making quarterly results but said it was going full tilt into giving BYOD and smart mobile device owners full access to enterprise apps no matter their size. CEO Eric Kelly has now become chairman of its Canadian partner, Sphere 3D, which provides the virtualisation wizardry needed for …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2013

Staggering disk biz Overland heads for Nasdaq exit …. again

Perennially almost-but-not-quite failing Overland Storage is once again under notice from Nasdaq that it might be booted out of the stock exchange after apparently falling short of the "minimum market value" required. It's no fun at all for the beleaguered company's management as it has had to file an 8K form with the US …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2013
Tandberg telepresence video-conferencing session

Overland Storage may acquire Tandberg

Overland Storage may be about to acquire Tandberg Data. A crippled tape and disk data protection and NAS storage supplier bleeding cash, Overland Storage is looking for respite from its financial woes by acquiring, on a basis of equals, the newly recovered Tandberg Data. The news is laid out in an SEC form SC 13D/A filing …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013
Caution tape

Disk biz Overland bleeds more cash - bah, only a flesh wound!

Another quarter for Overland Storage, and another big loss as revenue slides year-on-year. The struggling tape and disk array vendor hopes its scale-out clustered NAS, branded the SnapScale, can turn its fortunes around - along with damages it'll possibly get from BDT and other tape biz if it wins a patent-infringement court …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2013
WD RE4 Enterprise disk drive

Shrewd El Reg plotter shows storage bods in revealing numbers

"Spaghetti" storage vendor groups are what you see when you lay bare these firms' quarterly revenue histories in a revealing graph. They fall neatly into four groups: the great, the good, the bad and the ugly. Which group are your suppliers in? Let's kick of this chart-fest with an overall look: All storage vendors Click on …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2012

Bleeding storage firm Overland: OK, we're losers, but so are our rivals

Is Overland toast? Its latest results are dreadful - again - with revenues down and losses up, yet management talks about operating profitability being gained by July 2013. Is it nuts? CEO and president Eric Kelly said: "Our lower than expected total revenue is largely due to the difficult macroeconomic environment in Europe …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2012
WD RE4 Enterprise disk drive

This is Frankfurt calling: Scattered outbreaks of hot crunchiness

SNW Europe This is the second installment of El Reg's coverage of StorageNetworkWorld Europe, aka Powering The Cloud, bringing you another smorgasbord of storage goodness from the biggest storage show in the old coutries. Some of it's hot, and some is even crunchy... so dip in. BridgeSTOR and DDFS BridgeSTOR CEO John Matze told us more …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2012
Quantum CEO Jon Gacek

Tape is sexy again - so why can't Quantum stop drowning?

Quantum's share price is dropping, dropping and dropping, despite positive product announcements and a general swing in opinion about tape storage products. So what lies behind its loss of 62 per cent of share value and market capitalisation in nine months? We hear that, at EMC World in May 2011, the infamous "Tape Sucks" EMC …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2012
LTO-2 tape cartridge

BridgeSTOR: They called us mad, but we've put deduped data on TAPE!

Tape Summit BridgeSTOR has announced it will store deduplicated data on tape, a medium considered totally unsuitable for deduplication by everybody else. John Matze said his company's Data Deduplication File System (DDFS) works with the open Linear Tape File System (LTFS) so that deduped data on tape can be rehydrated and restored. Matze …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2012

Insider 'fesses up: Amazon's Glacier cloud is made of ... TAPE

IP Expo It's October and that show has come around again – IP Expo, the successor to Storage Expo. This year, the UK's "premier IT trade show" took place in Earl's Court, and saw a busy floor with lots of stands, lots of lead-hunting stand staff and the usual assortment of attention-grabbing oddities, like a man dressed as an HP Cloud, …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2012
The Register breaking news

SpectraLogic smacks back at Overland for 'unwarranted' lawsuit

Tape library vendor SpectraLogic has filed its response to on-the-ropes storage biz Overland's lawsuit, which accused Spectra of patent infringements. Overland is suing European tape automation supplier BDT through the International Trade Commission (ITC) for patent infringement and trade violation and has also sued several of …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2012
The Register breaking news

Thecus chucks 2 new NAS boxes at SOHO punters

Desktop and low-end rackmount NAS boxes keep on getting more powerful and Thecus has just introduced a brace of new ones, together with directly attached storage box that can be daisy-chained to a master unit. The rackmount N4510 and desktop N7510 are both Atom-powered, with 2GB of DDR3 SDRAM, and have 4- and 7-bays respectively …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2012
cable

Targeted firm smacks back, chucks patent sueball at Overland

Storage firm Quantum has bared its teeth at the T Rex of tape – aka Overland Storage – and counter-sued for patent infringement. What's happening is that Overland Storage, on the hunt for royalty payments and/or licence fees and damages, had sued BDT, a Germany-based maker of tape automation devices used by many OEMs, for patent …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2012
cable

Overland patent broadside: Targeted firms vow to fight

Quantum and other vendors being sued by Overland Storage for allegedly infringing its patents are in more of a mood to fight than settle. On Friday Overland - the supplier of REO and NEO tape and disk protection systems, and Snap-branded filers - said it was suing Quantum, Venture Corp, Spectra Logic, PivotStor, Qualstar, …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2012

Overland Storage looses off fusillade of patent suits into tape crowds

On-the-ropes tape, disk protection and NAS vendor Overland Storage is suing seven tape product vendors for patent busting, including SpectraLogic. Overland Storage used to sell tape autoloaders and libraries to OEMs like HP a long time ago. But it lost that business, with autoloader-maker BDT capturing some of its clients. …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2012

Overland Storage takes market hit on ITC's initial patents ruling

Updated Overland Storage has lost the initial determination of a trade violation case it was hoping to win and its shares have dived off a cliff. Is this a bungee jump with a bounce back, or a one way street? Overland makes tape and disk-based data protection gear and Snap-brand filer and block access arrays for the SMB market. It's …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2012

Permabit flashes enterprise SDK at mystery partner

Funky array startup Violin Memory is apparently adding deduplication to its memory array, and it could be licensing Permabit's Albireo technology to do it. Deduplication software technology supplier Permabit has developed its Albireo software to work on flash arrays: enterprise flash arrays to be precise. The "Albireo Software …
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2012

Overland tugs parachute cord as storage biz hurtles earthwards

Overland Storage hopes to raise $5.8m from a stock offering and may use the cash for working capital - raising questions over its ability to fund its operations from sales until the biz recovers. It's that phrase "may use the cash for working capital" that gets you feeling nervous. Let's have a look at the revenue and profit/ …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2012
channel

How to tell if your biz will do a Kodak

Blocks and Files Disruptive or enhancing innovation? Kodak's descent into Chapter 11 hell is a tolling bell for all successful storage suppliers facing innovative technology from competitors. King Canute didn't reinvent himself: can you? Let's look at the tape market. Tape devices were backup devices; they were the target storage devices for …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2012