|ULTERA EXCELS DVD PRESENCE IN
DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH OPTICAL LASER
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif.,
February 23, 2000 UItera
Systems, the leading tape array controller and tape array system supplier, today announced
another move, immediately positioning the company in the DVD marketplace. Ultera has
signed an agreement with Optical Laser Inc. as its national distributor for the
companys new DVD-R MultiMaster, the most versatile DVD mastering solution
available for short-run DVD duplication.
Ulteras DVD-R array controller allows up to 12 SCSI-based
DVD-R drives to be connected to a single host, creating 12 DVD copies in the time it
usually takes to record just one, making the UItera DVD-R MultiMaster the most economical
solution to create multiple DVD audio, video or data disks.
Optical Laser is a leading nationwide distributor of digital video,
mass storage and document imaging solutions, and under terms of the new distribution deal,
will offer the Ultera DVD-R MultiMaster, along with Pioneer DVD-R drives and mastering
software, to its extensive network of VARs nationwide. The agreement with Optical Laser is
Ulteras first with a national distributor for the DVD-R MultiMaster product line.
The rapid maturation of the DVD market with accompanying price
decreases in recordable DVD drives is expected to accelerate the market transformation
from recordable CD technology to DVD in the year 2000. DVD-R's relatively low cost per
megabyte, coupled with its physical storage efficiency -- approximately six times the
capacity of CD-ROM -- and the portability of its recording equipment makes the medium
applicable to a large variety of uses in virtually all industries in three key
applications areas: testing and development of DVD masters before they are sent out for
mass duplication, small-scale distribution of DVD content, and archival data storage
similar to CD-R.
"DVD technology has already been established as the
fastest-growing consumer electronics technology ever and the DVD-R market is poised for
the same kind of explosion next year," said Fred Bedard, Vice President of Sales and
Marketing at UItera. "With partners such as Optical Laser and Pioneer, UItera is
extremely well-positioned to play a key role in fulfilling the potential of
"Optical Laser has always been guided by the goal of growing
our clients' business by providing leading-edge solutions, and Ulteras innovative
DVD-R MultiMaster certainly fits that profile," said Arsenio
Batoy, Vice President of
Sales at Optical Laser. "This is a cornerstone product that will make
technology as ubiquitous as CD-R."
Ulteras DVD-R MultiMaster delivers plug-and-play compatibility
with all major OS platforms, including Windows 95/98/NT, Mac OS, UNIX and Linux. It works
seamlessly with all major DVD mastering software, including Daikins Scenarist* and
DVD Rep* from Prassi Software, without the need for any special drivers.
Ulteras DVD-R MultiMaster array controller requires only a
single SCSI ID to drive up to 12 DVD-R drives, each at the maximum data transfer rate of
1.2 MB per second. The controller synchronizes the duplication process to multiple drives
with no performance degradation. Ulteras innovative design features comprehensive
monitoring and diagnostics that isolate a suspect drive, cable or array channel interface
and automatically disables the affected array channel until the repair is made while all
other drives on the array continue to operate unimpeded at full speed.
About Optical Laser
Optical Laser is a full-service distributor of digital video, mass storage, and document
imaging solutions. Founded in 1988, Optical Laser was ranked as one of the Inc. 500
fastest growing private companies in America, in 1995, 1996, and 1997. With its
headquarters and main distribution center in Huntington Beach, CA, along with an East
Coast area office in Alexandria, VA, and warehouse facility in Baltimore, MD, Optical
Laser serves its clients nationwide. Optical Laser provides value to its VAR clients by
offering technical consulting, competitive prices, flexible financing, rapid delivery, and
post-sales support. For more information, along with a complete listing of vendors and
products carried, visit their web site at www.opticallaser.com.
About Ultera Systems
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Ultera Systems, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of RAID Tape Array controllers and
subsystems designed for high-speed backup, archive and high-speed data acquisition
applications. All industry standard tape drives, tape libraries and storage management
software are compatible with the Ultera Arrays. Its tape array product lines are marketed
under the trade names "Striper," "Imager," "LibraryMaster"
and "ShadowMaster," and sold through OEMs, VARs and Systems Integrators
worldwide. Not new to the optical arena, Ultera has deployed its advanced controller
technology in optical storage applications for years, in thousands of installations
worldwide. Ultera is based in Laguna Hills, Calif.
For further information, call (949) 367-8800, email email@example.com or visit Ultera's web site at http://www.ultera.com.
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