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Overland’s latest step towards disk

Companies like to try and bury bad news by disclosing it on a Friday, so it’s no surprise that Overland Storage issued a press release about layoffs on the day before the three-day Labor Day weekend.There is really little surprise around Overland’s 53 layoffs, which come to 13 percent of its employees. It’s the next step in the company’s transition from a tape to disk vendor as it fights for survival. Overland acquired the Snap Server NAS product line from Adaptec for $3.6 million in June, but lost $8.6 million last quarter, and had $9.7 million in cash at the end of the quarter. The restructuring is expected to save around $10 million a year.

Overland CEO Vern LoForti said on the last earnings conference call that the company is close to completing financing to support the Snap business. A company spokeswoman says that financing is still in place, which means Friday’s layoff did not come about because financing fell through. But even that financing would not be enough without layoffs.

 “… our recent acquisition of the Snap Server business facilitates our entry into the distributed NAS market, and initial customer response has been very positive,” LoForti said in a statement about the layoffs. “The Snap acquisition did, however, result in a substantial increase to our operating expense base. Having recognized the need to rationalize the newly combined business, we have examined all areas of the company in order to streamline and focus on the geographic regions and product initiatives that offer the most immediate return on investment.”

So basically, it comes down to replacing 53 jobs on the tape end of the business with about the same amount acquired with Snap.

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How do you feel about vCenter Single Sign-On?
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They should have at least provided a workaround or not make it mandatory
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forcing use of a web-based management utility (phasing out vsphere client) and replacing it with a lackluster product not fully capable of being a full-blown replacement regardless.
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cs512tr, is SSO still causing problems for you?
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AD was just fine, having to mess with SSO on big companies is just a completely headache.. and time consuming...
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Our AD Integration is broken since Update to 5.5 because our user accounts have their e-mail address as a name alias. Our AD users are in the subdomain sub.company.com but their e-mail address is: user@company.com. In the VMware logs we can see that SSO uses the domain suffix from the e-mail address instead of the provided credentials. The login name SUBDOMAIN\user is transferred into user@company.com. No fixes available so far!
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VMware has not released any documentation on scripting SSO. That is causing me more headaches than anything. The .exe for installing SSO is missing in the RTM and I finally figured out that I had to install each and every one of the items in the Prerequisites folder prior to installing SSO with the .msi. I am still trying to figure out how to setup identity sources via script. I would hate to think I will have to reverse engineer their JAVA code to figure it out.
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Nice improvement in 5.5
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it's an improvement.
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Major improvement over 5.1
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It's much better than in 5.1.
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It is much simpler and more efficient.
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visible improvements from 5.1
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Although a small issue, which I can understand the promptness with which the issues was documented and fixed seems a major plus. I'm using 5.5 without any issues with my upgrade. There is so much more to like in 5.5
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Better now
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It is not bad at all, I like it.
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from what I hear this has only affected a small amount of users and they have been left operational when rolled back unlike with 5.1 where you were hosed completely.
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this was released last Sunday (5 days ago) and VMware has been very reactive to those that have experienced issues. A vast improvement
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like!
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it needs to be taken out
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I like it
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This is going to be here for sure. SSO is very valuable asset for enterprises going forward.
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The reason the KB was published so soon after the product shipped is that VMware is responsive to customers' reports regardless how few such reports were.
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SSO is bad Thing Software.
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I didn't like it to start but as it is here to stay I did a couple of labs and I like it now!!
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It's Ok.
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Call it vCUF

C omplete U seless F eature
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I guess, that with following the best practices and the instructions of vmware the SSO problems will be solved. Personnaly i have performed an in place upgrade frome vsphere 4.1U1 to vSphere 5.1U1 then from 5.1U1 to 5.5 and I have not had problems, the most problems that i encountered were on the first upgrade (from 4.1U1 to 5.1U1).
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hey - at leasy it aint M$
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SSO Installation is much better that 5.1
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work really bad if you have trusted ad and groups with mixed peoples from diff ad.s
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I have yet to be able to upgrade in a lab env, dread having to do it at a customer site -VMware should have tested this more thoroughly.
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I wish VMware would leave AD authentication alone. What exactly is the driving force behind pushing SSO?
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5.1 was a pain to get running. Now I see 5.5 is giving me grief also.
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It's pretty bad. I don't see the value in an enterprise, may for a service provider.
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Fortunately, I am experienced enough with Microsoft Enterprise CA, a lot of folks are not. I thought SSO for 5.1 was easy compared to SSO for 5.5. Took me 3 full days of reading multiple articles before I got it working in a test environment. Nothing should be that loosely documented, you have to read several dozen articles to get the big picture. My trimmed down steps only take a page, along with some custom scripts.
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