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ULTERA EXPANDS NORTH AMERICAN PRESENCE IN DEAL WITH SKYDATA
Full Line of Controllers to be Available to Canadian Market

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif.,... February 14, 2000 – Ultera Systems, the leading tape array controller and tape array system supplier, today announced that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with SkyData, a leading Canadian distributor of mass storage products.

Ultera’s full line of tape array solutions will be available in Canada exclusively through SkyData, a leading supplier to computer resellers and end users. The company provides complete storage solutions including a wide range of disk, tape and optical storage solutions.

"SkyData has optimized their expertise by focusing exclusively on mass storage and related products," said Fred Bedard, Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Ultera Systems. "The demand for high-performance backup that Ultera controllers offer is one SkyData recognizes and is uniquely positioned to meet."

"The explosive growth of corporate data and the disk storage market is perfect for Ultera’s tape array technology," said Howard Goldberg, CEO and Founder of SkyData. "We are always prepared to offer our customers the best in storage solutions, and as the exclusive supplier, we are committed to the performance and reliability advantages of Ultera’s unique array controllers."

Through the strategic partnering with SkyData, Ultera products will now also be available to Canadian government customers through SkyData’s support of the National Master Standing Offer (NMSO), which guarantees superior quality and competitive pricing for Canadian federal agencies.

Ultera Systems provides unprecedented tape performance with its innovative line of tape array controllers. Ultera controllers can be configured for RAID-1 operation, mirroring data to a pair of drives, or RAID-3 with data and parity information striped across a set of two or four drives. This configuration offers fault-tolerance, allowing tape backup operations to continue even in the event of a drive or media failure, as well as the fastest available performance by utilizing the cumulative bandwidth of all attached tape drives. An optional parity drive can be added to maximize reliability of the tape array.

SkyData will offer the entire Ultera tape controller line, including:

  • Striper Series: high-end tape array controller that stripes data across up to five independent parallel array channels allowing for fast - up to 40 MB/sec. - flexible and highly reliable data protection.

  • LibraryMaster™ Series: extends the tape array paradigm to the library level, creating an array of multi-drive libraries utilizing Ultera’s third-generation Tape RAID technology to provide the highest tape performance, backup/restore automation and fault-tolerant data protection while complementing existing tape technologies.

  • Imager™ Series: allows simultaneous creation of up to five identical backup tapes in real time with no additional system overhead or software changes necessary.

  • Shadow Master™ Series: provides real-time data mirroring across multiple tape loaders and libraries for the ultimate in data reliability and disaster recovery.

About SkyData
SkyData Corporation is a privately owned, Canadian corporation with offices and manufacturing facilities in Mississauga, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec. Incorporated in March of 1995 with a mandate to manufacture and distribute mass storage subsystems to Canadian computer resellers, SkyData offers a broad range of complete plug-and-play SCSI solutions targeted to PC Networking, Macintosh and UNIX Workstation environments. Its product orientation is towards a solution rather than the simple distribution of components. Consequently, customers receive all the hardware and software they require to address their particular application, hardware platform and operating environment.

About Ultera Systems
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 "Shadow Master," and sold through OEMs, VARs and Systems Integrators worldwide. Ultera is based in Laguna Hills, Calif.

For further information, call (949) 367-8800, email inform@ultera.com or visit Ultera's web site at http://www.ultera.com.

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