Overland Storage has released what it calls the industry's first disk-based alternative to entry-level tape autoloaders. The REO 1000 joins the company's growing REO family of disk-based backup and recovery systems. The REO 1000 provides fast backups and high-speed file restores and helps provide more cost-effective data protection than entry-level tape loaders, according to the company. Overland is targeting the REO 1000 at small to midsized businesses. "..\[T\]he REO 1000 provides manageability, flexibility, and reliability features not found in entry-level tape autoloaders, including virtualized storage elements, the ability to appear to backup servers and applications as either disk or tape, and RAID data protection," said Robert Scroop, vice president and general manager of the Storage Resource business Unit.
   The REO 1000 is available now and starts at $4949. The system ships in a 1U (2.75") rack form-factor and features 1TB native capacity (2TB compressed), Linear Tape Open 2 (LTO-2) tape drive emulation, Internet SCSI (iSCSI) connectivity, RAID data protection, and support for most OSs and third-party applications.