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Ultera Systems Signs Western Scientific 

San Diego-based RAID manufacturer is now an authorized reseller of the Mirage Virtual Tape  

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., January 21, 2003 — Ultera Systems, the leading provider of scalable Virtual Tape Controllers (VTC) for enterprise backup, restore and archive has announced today that they have signed a reseller agreement with Western Scientific of San Diego, CA.  The agreement authorizes Western Scientific to resell Ultera’s Mirage Virtual Tape controller. 

   “Ultera is very pleased and excited about our partnership with Western Scientific, when you consider their 20+ year history in the data storage business. Their selection of our new Mirage Virtual Tape product over the competition is a real win for Ultera”, said Mo Nour, President and Founder of Ultera Systems.

   The recently introduced Mirage controller operates as a hard drive based virtual tape library providing high performance backup and restore with instantaneous file access and a unique embedded archive capability with seamless scalability.  Mirage brings immediate performance improvements to backup, restore and archival applications, as its measured backup/restore rate is 280GB/Hr. for the SCSI version and 540GB/Hr. for the fibre channel version. 

   “Ultera’s Mirage Virtual Tape is a very powerful addition to the vast lineup of storage solutions we offer.  Mirage will enable us to provide our existing customers enhanced backup capability without reconfiguring their systems or retraining their personnel”, said Dave Krueger, Executive Vice President of Western Scientific.

   “With over 20 years in the storage solution business we understand what new products will provide our customers with the best performance and reliability at the best price and the Mirage Virtual Tape exceeded our stringent requirements hands down!” …continued Krueger.

   Mirage also features an auto-archive operation that automatically moves data stored in the virtual library to a physical library. All library robotics are managed by the controller including exporting of tapes from the library for off-site storage. Mirage fully supports ALL industry tape drives and tape libraries, disk RAID and is totally application software transparent.

About Ultera
Ultera Systems, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of high performance secondary storage controllers and subsystems for high-speed backup, archive and data acquisition applications. Founded in 1994 Ultera has exclusively designed and delivered high performance technology for tape and other removable storage devices. Its product lines are marketed and sold through OEMs, VARs, and Systems Integrators worldwide. Ultera is based in Laguna Hills, Calif.

About Western Scientific
Western Scientific was founded in 1978 and provides custom-built Beowulf Clusters, RAID storage solutions, high-end UNIX, LINUX, Windows NT and SPARC workstations, automated tape backup, and networking solutions for the public and private sector, both in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit our website at


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