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LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., July 19, 1999.... Ultera Systems today announced plug-and-play mirroring controllers for producing two or more backup tapes as quickly as one. The Imager™ series of controllers appears to have a single drive or autoloader but actually mirrors the data being backed up onto two drives or two autoloaders, running them at their maximum recording speed. By cascading the devices, a user can produce four, six or more copies simultaneously without a sacrifice in speed.

"Many enterprises, including those running financial applications, need more than one copy of their backup tapes," explained Fred Bedard, Ultera's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Frequently they need one backup tape on-site for easy access and another off-site for disaster recovery. Imager lets them record both at the same time, with or without an operator present. In fact, we are seeing more applications in this area now incorporating tape libraries."

The Imager series includes two models. Imager 1 operates at up to 20MB/sec burst rate over a SCSI-1 or SCSI-2 host channel, and records at up to 10MB/sec onto two individual drives or two autoloaders. Imager 2 can sustain data rates up to 40MB/sec from the host and maintain this throughput to the drives. Imager 2 also supports tape libraries providing a fully transparent means to mirror data in backup, archiving and disaster recovery applications.

Imagers can be managed on-line through a GUI interface, which is compatible with Windows95, 98 and NT. Imagers can also be operated off-line through their own control panel for tape copying, comparing or verifying. MSRP starts at $4,050 for the Internal half-height 5.25 inch. Desktop and rackmount units are available for immediate delivery.

About Ultera Systems
Ultera Systems, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of RAID tape array controllers targeted at high-speed backup, archive and high-speed data acquisition applications. Its tape array product lines are marketed under the trade names Imager, Striper™, 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 or visit Ultera's web site at

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