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Ultera and Sercel Form Strategic Partnership
 To Market Mirage Data Recorders Worldwide 


LAGUNA HILLS, Calif.—May 07, 2007—Ultera Systems Inc., a leading provider of high-performance virtual tape libraries, has entered into a strategic partnership with Sercel, the world leader in seismic acquisition, under which the French company will internationally market and support the Mirage™ Data Recorder (MDR).  

The ultra-reliable MDR is designed for real-time data acquisition in mission critical operations where repeating the test is either impossible or cost prohibitive. It eliminates problems associated with traditional tape drives by replacing tape drives and cartridges with two high performance disk drives in removable canisters.

 “We are constantly evaluating data acquisition technology to ensure we offer our geophysical clients the fastest, most reliable equipment available,” stated Daniel Boucard, Land Product Development Manager for Sercel.  “We recently completed testing and evaluating Ultera’s Mirage Data Recorders and certified they meet our stringent standards for quality, accuracy and reliability. As a result, we are excited to resell MDRs globally.”

“This agreement with Sercel is a major step forward in our efforts to sell Ultera products internationally,” said Ultera president Mo Nour, “Sercel is the largest manufacturer of seismic acquisition equipment in the world.  We anticipate providing product immediately.”

The Mirage Data Recorder features built-in redundancy to ensure recording continues if one of the drives fails. Once data is recorded, automatic write protection prevents accidental data erasure. For extra protection, the identical tape volumes stored on transportable hard drives allow field technicians to take one to the base camp for processing or archiving to conventional tape cartridges while retaining the other hard drive as a backup.

The MDR’s high capacity disks permit companies to store more data on a single volume. A single MDR disk is equivalent to up to 70 tape cartridges. Each drive can be configured to accept 10 to 70 IBM 3590 tapes, or up to seven LTO format tape cartridges.

 The Mirage Data Recorder is the newest addition to Ultera’s family of Mirage Virtual Tape technologies and is available in a four-bay tower or 2U rack mount. Each includes an MDR controller, one tape drive archive port and two disk modules with 146GB/300GB/750GB removable disks.

 About Sercel

Headquartered in Nantes, France, with locations around the globe, Sercel has been world leader in the seismic acquisition industry for over 50 years. The company continues to design, manufacture and support a full range of high-tech integrated equipment for hydrocarbon exploration in land, transition zone, ocean bottom cable, marine and down-hole environments. Sercel’s 2,000 employees pride themselves in delivering highly productive equipment that operates reliably and efficiently in even the most adverse conditions. For more information, visit

 About Ultera Systems

Founded in 1994, Ultera designs and delivers high-performance technologies for tape, virtual tape and other removable storage devices. The company’s proprietary tape RAID ASIC design incorporates the latest technology available to achieve maximum performance and data reliability. Ultera hard drive-based virtual tape libraries, tape arrays, optical arrays and media duplication products are marketed and sold through major OEMs, storage integrators, technology providers, resellers and distributors. For more information phone (949) 367-8880, email, or visit the company website at



Daly-Swartz PR for Ultera Systems

Jeffrey Swartz, 949.470.0075

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