BACKGROUND: Sybase, Inc., one of the ten largest global independent software companies, wanted to standardize on a new data backup and archiving platform. The challenges of this all-encompassing project were daunting. The task of creating a universal backup standard demanded that Sybase design a solution to satisfy the constantly changing storage requirements at the company's headquarters and many off-site locations.

PROBLEM SOLVED: The problem we faced was that it would not be practical to use a centralized storage system for the Sybase distributed computing environment. Even a combination of central storage systems and smaller storage units was not practical. In addition to the initial capital investment for the robotics and bar code readers, the units were not compatible ­ although the DLT mechanisms themselves were ­ between large units and the small units like Overland's. If we were to implement a silo in one site, another vendor in a second site and Overland in a third, we would not have met our disaster recovery and centralized support objectives. Even if we were able to achieve the local office's data backup and restore requirements, we wouldn't be developing the kind of uniform, global infrastructure we needed. That helped us narrow the field down to Overland.

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