A little bird told me that Overland Storage was looking at adding de-duplication to its virtual tape libraries.
The technology would probably be supplied under an OEM agreement and that would mean someone such as FalconStor or Sepaton or another owner of de-dupe technology.
It's not a surprising move but does confirm the continued progress of Overland as it moves on from the dark period in its recent past when results tumbled and so did its then-CEO, Christopher Calisi.
Apparently, as a by-product of it cancelling a failed manufacturing ourtsourcing agreement, it now has one of the most modern tape automation manufacturing plants in the industry, meaning that its carbon emissions are pretty low. The company is also looking at trying to measure exactly what proportion of data centre IT infrastructure carbon emissions come from tape automation devices.
The expectation is that servers will be the top emitters, with disk storage and networking next and then, a long, long way behind, tape automation devices with all those non-spinning cartridges sitting in green purity in their slots.
Green, green, grow the tape libraries oh....