SCSI TAPE RAID FROM ULTERA DOUBLES POTENTIAL SPEED
FOR BACKUPS, HIGH SPEED RECORDING
Laguna Hills, Calif., March 13, 1997... Today at CeBIT in
Hannover, Germany, Ultera Systems of California introduced a new version of its high speed
tape array controller which operates at up to twice the speed of its existing product.
Called Striper2, the new unit implements a 16-bit Ultra SCSI interface
rated at 40MB/sec.
For maximum recording speed, a Striper2 array could be used in a
data striping mode where high speed incoming data is recorded a byte at a time in parallel
on up to four tape drives simultaneously. (A fifth is used for parity.) High speed tape
backups or high speed data capture could run at up to 40MB/sec in this mode.
For recording multiple copies simultaneously, Striper2 can operate
in mirroring mode. Up to five copies could be made in the time it takes to record just one
The high cumulative speeds are possible because each tape drive has its own dedicated 10MB/sec channel. And in each application, the cluster of tapes looks like a very
large, very fast single drive to the host computer.
"Tape technology continually pushes recording speeds and
capacities higher," said Mo Nourmohamadian, Ultera president. "Some of the
drives being introduced today transfer at over 5MB/sec. Our array controller can handle up
to twice that speed on each channel, with up to five channels operating simultaneously. In
effect, were already prepared for the next generation of drives, but thats how
it should be.".
A "Scrambler" feature has been added for operator
convenience. (It isnt necessary to remember which tape cartridge or reel goes in
which drive.) And Flash memory makes updates easier. In addition, support for a graphics
user interface has been implemented for tape subsystem management.
Ultera Striper2 controllers are
compatible with all popular tape drives, from 8mm to DAT to DLT to reel-to-reel.
Controller prices remain unchanged over earlier models at $4,300 with a single-ended
interface. A recommended differential interface adds $300. Deliveries begin in the second
Ultera Systems designs and manufactures high performance storage
products, including RAID tape array controllers and compact disk duplicators. The company
is headquartered at 26052 Merit Circle, Suite 106, Laguna Hills, California 92653.
For further information, call (949) 367-8800, email email@example.com or visit Ultera's web site at http://www.ultera.com.
Editor contact: Cynthia Karch (949) 367-8800
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