Cleveland Indians receive Laureate Award

Storage, Inc. announced
that esteemed customer, the Cleveland Indians baseball team, has been bestowed
with a Laureate award by IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program. This year’s
honorees were commemorated last night during the 19th annual Laureates Medal
Ceremony & Gala Awards event at the Andrew W. Mellon auditorium in


The Cleveland Indians’ award-winning case study, “Best Practices Data
Protection for In-House Video Application,” was recognized for its highly
innovative use of information technology in the Arts & Entertainment

As one of
the most technologically advanced teams in Major League Baseball, the Cleveland
Indians developed a sophisticated in-house video application to capture every
at-bat during home games for the purposes of training and advanced scouting.
The system, which is accessible through a simple, touch-screen monitor, enables
players, coaches and scouts to easily locate and view different images.

The new
video system is supported by a complementary disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T)
solution from Overland Storage, reducing the team’s backup window by more than
50 percent while lowering administrative overhead from 45 minutes daily to
nearly nothing. Additionally,

REO 9000 disk-based backup, recovery and virtual tape library (VTL) appliance
and NEO 4000 tape library allow the team to dramatically increase the amount of
data kept online-storing 21 days of critical operational data on REO and up to
60 days of data and video backups on NEO.

to Whitney Kuszmaul, network manager for the Cleveland Indians,

Overland’s best-of-class
products play a pivotal role in the team’s award- winning D2D2T data protection
plan. “We are extremely pleased that our leading-edge data protection
plan, featuring

REO and NEO, has been recognized for technical excellence by the prestigious
Computerworld Honors Program,” he says. “Overland’s highly flexible
and scalable disk and tape based appliances ensure we can continue to embrace
the latest video and other technologies to boost productivity and lower
operating costs.”

populated with 3 TBs, the REO is being expanded to 9 TBs with room to grow to
44 TBs of raw capacity. Meanwhile, the Indians are expanding their NEO library
to safeguard online video for every game from all 32 major league teams totaling
some 2,600 games for the 2007 season. “Overland provides the Cleveland
Indians with a ‘future-proof’ solution that meets their ever- increasing backup
and recovery requirements while helping take their game to the next
level,” says Michael Kerman, vice president of worldwide marketing and
chief strategy officer for Overland Storage.

Each year,
members of the Chairmen’s Committee, a group of 100 chairmen/CEOs of global
technology companies, nominate individuals and organizations from around the
world whose visionary applications of information technology promote positive
social and economic progress. “Each laureate selected for this honor
understands the importance of using one’s resources and technical prowess to
benefit one’s fellow man,” says Bob Carrigan, chairman of the
Computerworld Honors Program Committee and president of IDG Communications.

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