|ULTERA INTRODUCES LIBRARY MASTER™,
ADVANCED TAPE ARRAY CONTROLLER
Latest RAID Development by Ultera Leverages Performance of
Sony AIT and Qualstar Tape Library System
Laguna Hills, CA - May 11, 1999 - Ultera Systems, the
leading tape array controller company, today introduced its most advanced product
LibraryMasterÔ, which is specifically designed to integrate with tape libraries.
Driving five tape drives in parallel, the new Ultera RAID
controller reads and writes data at four times the speed of conventional subsystems, while
providing guaranteed data recoverability in the event of a damaged or lost tape media.
"This is a reality now," said Fred Bedard, Ultera Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Backup applications can take
advantage of faster processors, I/O and tape drives, and leverage the performance of their
existing backup software to a new level."
Guaranteed Data Recoverability
By allowing the output from the host system to write to four drives in parallel and
using the fifth drive to generate parity code, data retrieval is guaranteed. Should a tape
cartridge be lost or damaged, LibraryMaster will automatically rebuild lost data by
drawing from the remaining tapes.
Enhances Sony and Qualstar Systems
Interfaced with Sonys Advanced
Intelligent Tape (AIT) drives, and Qualstars TLS-4000 Tape Library, Ulteras
new technology enhances AIT automation capabilities. "The solution provided through
the LibraryMaster with Sony AIT drives and Qualstars scalable library systems is
absolutely on target with the demands we have been seeing for mid-to-high-end enterprise
backup applications in providing new levels of performance and data integrity," said
John Woelbern, Senior Marketing Product Manager for Sonys Tape Streamer Products
Division. "By utilizing Sonys new AIT-2 tape technology, for example, this
solution can now provide an astounding native data transfer rate of over 40 megabytes per
second, assuming 2.0:1 data compression.."
Qualstar Vice President of Sales Bob Covey said that
LibraryMaster is a technology complimentary to the Qualstars library line. "Our
libraries are recognized for their reliability and advanced design characteristics.
Ulteras LibraryMaster enhances the performance of our system as well as providing
expanded security through its unique data recoverability."
Compatibility With Existing Systems
LibraryMaster requires no additional software and is totally compatible with all
leading backup software and storage management packages and operating systems, including
Windows NT, UNIX, and Mac OS. It supports ultra, fast, and wide SCSI, with either
single-ended or differential interface. LibraryMaster is currently shipped as a 19"
rack-mount configuration with LCD control panel. Manufacturers suggested retail
price is $14,550.
About Ultera Systems
Ultera Systems, Inc. designs, manufacturers and markets RAID tape array controllers
and CD-R, DVD multimastering controllers and systems under the trade names
"Striper," "Imager," "LibraryMaster," and
"MultiMaster." Ultera company headquarters are in Laguna Hills, California.
For further information, call (949) 367-8800, email email@example.com or visit Ultera's web site at http://www.ultera.com.
Based in San Jose, Calif., the Tape Streamer Products Division of Sony
Electronics Component Company markets tape drives and autoloaders through OEM,
industrial distribution and reseller channels. For additional information about Sony
computer products, call (800) 352-7669 or visit Sonys World Wide Web site at http://www.sony.com/storagebysony.
For more information on Sony recording media,
Qualstar Corporation is the leading manufacturer of automated libraries for AIT and
AIT-2 technology tape drives. Its TLS-4000 family spans capacities from 300 GB to 46 TB in
10 models. Its complete tape automation product lines are marketed through OEMs, VARs, and
Systems Integrators worldwide. Qualstar is based in Canoga Park, Calif. For further
information, call (800) 468-0680, (818) 592-0061 or visit Qualstar's Web site at http://www.qualstar.com.
Ultera, Striper, Imager, MultiMaster, and LibraryMaster are
trademarks of Ultera Systems Inc. Mac is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Corp.
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. UNIX is a trademark of the Open
Group. Any other tradenames used are the property of their holders.
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