Overland Storage has acquired MaxiScale, a startup developer of storage technology which is expected to give Overland the ability to help solution providers deliver scalable NAS architectures to SMB customers.
The acquisition of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based MaxiScale means a big jump in product capability for Overland, said Geoff Barrall, CTO and vice president of engineering for the San Diego-based storage vendor.
"Historically, we had no way to cluster our SnapServer appliances, or offer shared storage or failover," Barrall said. "But now we can tie them together with full file sharing across all SnapServers."
In theory, MaxiScale technology allows scaling of NAS appliances with no limits, although MaxiScale tested it to up to 250 nodes, Barrall said. However, he said he expects customers will not be scaling to that level any time soon.
MaxiScale makes Overland the first storage vendor with the ability to offer scalable NAS infrastructures to SMBs, Barrall said. "No other products in the SnapServer category can do this," he said. "So we'll be the first to bring out this midmarket technology to SMBs."
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