Because the Snap Server acquisition prompted questions about its ability to protect application data, Overland Storage Inc. today introduced a new Business Continuity Appliance for server and application failover based in part on a partnership with InMage Systems Inc.
Overland acquired the Snap Server product line from Adaptec a year ago, and its move into the internal storage market with the NAS boxes’ direct-attached disks prompted customers to ask more frequently about server, operating system and application availability offerings from Overland.
“We saw deals going away from us,” Overland senior product director Kevin Wise said candidly. “BCA strengthens that part of our data protection story.”
The BCA is available in two form factors: the BCA100 and the BCA200. The BCA100 is a 1U pizza box and the BCA200 is a 2U chassis. The BCA100 contains enough software licenses to support up to five application servers, the BCA200 comes with support for up to 10 and can expand beyond that with additional license keys.
“The REO BCA is designed and priced for SMBs—starting at less than $24,000,” noted Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) analyst Lauren Whitehouse in an email to Storage Soup. “The all-in-one appliance enables application-aware failover/failback to deliver near-zero recovery objectives … now SMBs have a cost-efficient alternative to tape-based backup for local operational recovery and remote disaster recovery.”
The boxes can protect application data, but they don’t perform bare-metal restores. That means customers need operating system licenses available at a secondary DR location to completely rebuild a server. Customers can also purchase application agents to support Microsoft Exchange, SQL and Windows file systems. Plans call for adding support for Oracle and Microsoft SharePoint down the road.
Wise was cagey when I asked for a complete list of the partners Overland is working with for this product, saying multiple pieces of software had been integrated into the box. Vice president of product marketing Ravi Pendekanti confirmed InMage software is at least one of the pieces of the software puzzle, contributing continuous data protection (CDP) with replication. Overland reps would not name any other partners.
“The real value of this product is in the integration and support,” Wise said.
Sure, but customers want to know what’s being integrated, I pressed. No dice. Long story short – if you’re evaluating this product, make sure to ask for all the details on what’s behind the curtain.