|ULTERA LAUNCHES NEW
IN TAPE LIBRARY PERFORMANCE WITH LIBRARYMASTER TAPE ARRAY CONTROLLER
Latest Array Development by Ultera
Performance of Tape Library Systems
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., July 12, 1999.... Ultera Systems, the leading tape array controller and tape
array system supplier, today introduced its most advanced product, LibraryMaster,
bringing breakthrough performance, fault tolerance and data recovery to the current
generation of SCSI-based automated tape libraries.
LibraryMaster combines Ulteras advanced controller
technology with a new robotics control module to deliver an integrated solution to
maximize a customers investment in tape automation hardware and software.
"Tape libraries are an affordable method to keep pace with the explosion of
on-line data capacity, but they have yet to make major advances in dealing with limited
bandwidth issues," said Fred Bedard, Ultera Systems Vice President of Sales and
Marketing. "LibraryMaster lets customers use their existing tape hardware and
software and supercharges throughput and data reliability to unprecedented levels.
LibraryMaster brings a new era of backup opportunities to the tape library market."
up to five tape drives in parallel, the new Ultera tape array 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 or failed tape drive.
Ulteras LibraryMaster products provide plug-and-play compatibility with all major
tape technologies and are designed to be fully compatible with any SCSI robotic tape
libraries. The high performance and high reliability of Ultera tape array controllers are
100% transparent to backup software applications, which recognize a single library with
multiple drives as a virtual single drive system. All robotic control is coordinated via
LibraryMaster gives customers maximum flexibility
in designing advanced data backup and recovery solutions. For optimal performance, users
can select the striping option that combines the bandwidth of multiple tape drives to
create the fastest backup possible (increasing speed up to 400%), and/or the
disaster-resistant mirroring configuration that creates multiple copies of every backup
session for maximum data protection with 100% guaranteed data recovery.
performance configuration utilizes the bandwidth of two or more tape drives to generate
sustained backup speeds of up to 40 megabytes per second. Using a RAID 0 mode, the
LibraryMaster stripes the data across two or four tape drives to achieve maximum
throughput. The addition of a parity drive enables RAID-3 operation to produce an extra
layer of data protection and fault tolerance. Using this configuration, if one cartridge
is damaged or lost or even if a tape drive fails, the LibraryMaster will automatically
restore and rebuild lost data by drawing from the remaining tapes for guaranteed data
mirroring mode guarantees maximum data availability as all data is written to two or more
drives simultaneously, creating multiple backup copies in the same time it normally takes
to record a single tape. Ulteras LibraryMaster controller transparently automates
the mirrored tape sets, allowing the most highly fault-tolerant tape operations. An
administrator can painlessly create multiple backup tapes, sending one set offsite to
protect against catastrophic disasters, while keeping another backup set stored inside the
library for a dual level of fault tolerance. In the case of a dual failure of a hard disk
drive and the primary backup tapes, critical corporate data is safeguarded.
LibraryMaster works with all tape technologies, including DLTtape*, AIT*, Mammoth* and
SLR*, as well as the forthcoming LTO*. It operates transparently with the leading backup
software on a variety of operating systems, including the major UNIX* platforms, NetWare*,
Windows NT* and Linux*.
LibraryMaster is available in an OEM version for integration within a library.
Reseller models are available in table top or rackmount configurations. Availability is
immediate, with a suggested retail price of $14,550.
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 "ShadowMaster," and sold through OEMs,
VARs, and Systems Integrators worldwide. Ultera is based in Laguna Hills, Calif.
For further information, call (949) 367-8800, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Ultera's web site at http://www.ultera.com.
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