Overland Storage Aids Primary Care Provider in Safeguarding Electronic Medical Records With REO and NEO Tiered Data Protection

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 General News
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SAN DIEGO, Jan. 22 Overland Storage, Inc.(Nasdaq: OVRL) today announced that Graybill Medical Group, one of the largestproviders of primary medical care in San Diego County, has deployed the REO(R)9100 disk-based backup, recovery and virtual tape library (VTL) appliance aswell as the NEO(TM) 2000 scalable tape library. Overland's tiered dataprotection offerings are the foundation of a highly reliable and scalabledisk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) backup and recovery solution that has reducedGraybill's backup window by 50 percent while lowering administrative overheadfrom seven hours a week to less than one hour.

For more than 75 years, Graybill Medical Group has been providingresponsive, top-quality patient care to families in the Escondido, Calif.,area. As the largest primary care medical group in the vicinity, Graybillaccommodates more than 129,000 office visits annually at its three locations.As one of the most technically advanced healthcare facilities in southernCalifornia, Graybill embraced a leading-edge electronic medical records (EMR)solution as part of a decision to migrate to a paperless environment.

According to Forest Hudson, information systems manager at GraybillMedical Group, the EMR system had an immediate impact on the group'stechnology foundation, with storage doubling over a three-to-six month period.Additionally, the group's requirements for protecting the influx of medicalrecords rose dramatically, creating expanded backup requirements. Full nightlybackups became arduous and time consuming, often exceeding the allowablebackup window while also requiring manual intervention to swap out tapes.

To keep pace with ever-increasing backup requirements, Graybill sought acomplementary disk- and tape-based solution, ultimately choosing Overland'sREO 9100 disk-based appliance and NEO 2000 tape library. "REO's 'set it andforget it' operation means less time working on backups while NEO gives us aneight-fold capacity increase to scale our data archive as needed," saysHudson. "Overland's tiered disk and tape data protection blends best-of-classfeatures, automation and performance to match our continuing focus onworld-class patient care."

In October 2007, Graybill Medical Group shut down several of its officeswhen wildfires raging throughout San Diego's North County forced widespreadevacuation. Fortunately, Overland's tiered backup approach provided anadditional layer of protection as an employee was able to take a full backupto an offsite disaster recovery location while remaining backups wereperformed automatically, without requiring manual intervention. In the nearfuture, Graybill will undergo a full-scale deployment of an all-digitalPicture Archiving Communications System (PACS), which will be easilyaccommodated by its existing Overland REO and NEO data protection foundation.

According to Vern LoForti, president and CEO of Overland Storage, thecompany's tiered data protection strategy is designed to deliver optimizedsolutions, giving customers the flexibility to choose the most appropriatecombination of disk and tape appliances to meet their backup, near-linearchive and long-term data retention requirements. "Our objective is to offerthe broadest array of versatile disk and expandable tape products, socustomers can deploy a tiered platform that meets all their requirements interms of capacity, performance and price per terabyte."

About Overland Storage

Now in its 27th year, Overland Storage is a market leader and innovativeprovider of smart, affordable data protection appliances that help midrangeand distributed enterprises ensure business-critical data is constantlyprotected, readily available and always there. Overland's award-winningproducts include NEO SERIES(R) and ARCvault(TM) tape libraries, REO SERIES(R)disk-based appliances with Virtual Tape Library (VTL) capabilities andULTAMUS(TM) RAID high-per

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