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NEO Agility 80
Making increasing amounts of data more accessible

NEO Agility 80

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Every business in today's data-intensive world is faced with increasing data storage requirements and the challenges associated with effectively managing that data. Most companies recognize the importance of backing up frequently used data onto disk or the Cloud, and storing less frequently used data on tape for archive and disaster recovery applications. However, for some users, the process of creating, storing, retrieving and sharing large data sets can be costly and cumbersome and need help bridging that gap.

Enter NEO Agility™, providing users with the ability to effortlessly manage, share and protect valuable data files utilizing the exciting LTFS technology. Providing archiving capability that is complementary to the backup process, NEO Agility allows users to capitalize on the reliability, portability and affordability of tape-based storage while benefiting from the ease of data access associated with disk-based storage.

With This Product You Can:

  • Lower your cost of storage
  • Increase the efficiency of your primary storage
  • Easily and quickly store and retrieve up to 720TB* of data
  • Effortlessly share files between individuals, organizations or locations
  • Archive data on WORM cartridges for regulatory compliance requirements
  • Facilitate exchange of data between primary storage and archive systems

Provides Easy Access to Files
Even though archived files may be physically located on tape, users have convenient access to the data. Files appear in the OS directory tree structure just as if they were located on the primary storage. Because LTO cartridges contained in the NEO Agility solution are self-describing, they contain all the file system information needed to recover data and can be easily transferred between archive systems.

Familiar File System User Interface
NEO Agility presents a familiar Windows file/folder structure user interface allowing files to be easily moved to and from the client computer and NEO tape library with simple "drag & drop" actions across the network. Because files are written to and retrieved from the archive as if through a standard disk-based volume or network share, NEO Agility is easily used with most applications.

Provides Cost-Effective NAS Storage
Being able to access your NEO Series tape library as a NAS share allows easy exchange of data between primary and archive storage. Because NEO Agility allows you to easily archive data off to tape, even though it appears as if the archive is on disk, the content needing to be stored is minimized, providing the IT Administrator with the bandwidth needed to focus on other activities.

Superior Compatibility
Files stored on NEO Agility are immediately available to your file system and other applications. NEO Agility accepts all file types which are then presented in a Windows file/folder structure. Files are transferred to/from the archive locally or using either the standard Windows network protocol (CIFS/SMB) or FTP file transfers. NEO Agility can also be connected with a SAN via fibre channel. In addition, NEO Agility provides an object storage interface using an XML API. These interface options mean that NEO Agility effortlessly works with a variety of applications natively and can provide third party applications with the ability to control and monitor the archive system.

Replication of Data
NEO Agility software can replicate LTO cartridges that may have been exported from the NEO Series library for off-site retention, providing strong data protection and disaster recovery.

Frees Up Expensive Primary Storage
With NEO Agility, there's no need to clutter up expensive primary storage space with files you may not need frequently or instantaneously. The ease of use of NEO Agility means you can effortlessly move data to tape while still having rapid and reliable access to that data as needed. By providing support for LTFS and TAR formats, NEO Agility also avoids costly vendor lock-in and proprietary formats.

Simplified Installation and Use
Setting up a NEO Agility appliance is as simple as plugging it in and connecting it to your host and your NEO tape library. Minimizing the use of IT resources to setup and manage the NEO Agility solution means cost of ownership is reduced and users can quickly begin sharing and archiving important data. Alert modules contained within NEO Agility provide email and on-screen alerts which can be tailored to specific IT personnel requirements. Additionally, reporting can be configured to provide information on files contained on any cartridge, improving the useability and reducing the load on busy IT personnel.

Flexible Storage Capacities
Grow into, not out of, your storage. Both NEO Agility and its compatible NEO Series tape libraries scale to meet your particular data storage needs. And because you can utilize your NEO Series library for both NEO Agility archive and traditional backup activities, the flexibility and efficiency of your NEO solution provides the ultimate in investment protection. Unlike other more basic LTFS solutions, NEO Agility supports LTO cartridge spanning, preventing archive operations from being limited by the capacity of the LTO cartridges. And with NEO Agility's ability to manage an unlimited number of offline cartridges, the capacity of the NEO Agility archive becomes infinite.

Tape Library Compatibility
NEO Agility is optimized to be used with Overland Storage NEOs T48, NEOxl80 and NEO 8000e tape libraries. However, it also it supports other NEO Series tape libraries (i.e. NEOs StorageLoader) as well as tape libraries sourced from other vendors. This provides NEO Agility customers with the ultimate in flexibility by enabling the advantages NEO Agility brings to their archiving and data sharing applications without requiring changes to their environment if they do not yet benefit from the use of a NEO Series tape library.


  • Provides easy access to files
  • Familiar file system user interface
  • Provides cost-effective NAS storage
  • Superior compatibility
  • Replication of Data
  • Frees up expensive primary storage
  • Simplified Installation and use
  • Flexible storage capacities
  • Tape Library Compatibility

Key features

Lowers cost of storage and increases efficiency by freeing up primary storage space

Delivers effortless drag and drop of files from tape, just as if they were located on a standard disk volume

Delivers up to 15PB of near-line capacity & unlimited offline capacity

Provides up to 8TB of disk cache for increased performance

Enables easy sharing of data with other users on the network

Utilizes CIFS/SMB and FTP file transfer network protocols

Provides interoperability in Windows, Linux and MAC environments

Writes to LTO cartridges in LTFS or TAR formats

Compatible with LTO WORM cartridges required for regulatory compliance

Technical Specifications:

NEO Agility Server NEO Agility 48 NEO Agility 80 NEO Agility 160
Software NEO Agility Server Software
Operating system Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition
Processor Intel Xeon 6-Core Processor; 1.6Ghz Intel Xeon 6-Core Processor; 2.4Ghz Intel Xeon 6-Core Processor; 2.4Ghz
RAM 32GB 64 GB 64 GB
RAID 1 5 5
System disk 2xSATA 8xSAS 8xSAS
Disk cache 6TB 8.4TB 8.4TB
Network Interface 1Gb Ethernet 10Gb Ethernet 10Gb Ethernet
Library interface 6Gb SAS 6Gb SAS/8Gb FC 8Gb FC
Form factor 1u
Max. std. on-line capacity* 720 TB 1.2 PB 2.4 PB
Max. total on-line capacity* 720 TB 8.4 PB 15 PB
Off-line capacity unlimited
Power (with redundancy) 700 watts
Humidity 20 to 80%
Temperature 0 C to 40C
Dimensions 17.2"w x 1.7"h x 25.6"d 17.2"w x 1.7"h x 23.5"d 17.2"w x 1.7"h x 23.5"d
Weight 46 lbs
Rack rails included
Std. warranty 1 year telephone support (software)


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