ULTERA SYSTEMS ADDS NEW MIDWESTERN INTEGRATOR
FOR FULL LINE
OF TAPE ARRAY CONTROLLERS
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., August 9, 1999....
Ultera Systems, the leading tape array controller and tape array system supplier, today
announced that it has signed a reseller agreement with Systems & Software Inc.
a top networking integrator servicing Fortune 500 clients in the Midwest.
St. Louis-based SSI will supply Ultera-based tape array solutions to its customer base,
which includes clients such as Boeing Corp., Nordyne and the U.S. Air Force.
"Systems & Software has a long-standing record of excellence in tackling network
storage integration," said Fred Bedard, Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Ultera
Systems. "Their presence in enterprise network storage and experience in Fortune 500
accounts make them an ideal partner to sell Ultera-based tape solutions."
Don Bostick, founder and CEO of SSI, said that Ulteras tape array controller
technology has not only created a high level of excitement within his company, but also
generated several system sales immediately following a recent demonstration at a trade
show in St. Louis.
At that trade show, SSI demonstrated an Ultera-based solution using two
plus a parity drive. In the demonstration, the single AIT drive achieved backup throughput
of 270 megabytes per minute. But when the same system was backed up with an Ultera
Striper array controller using two AIT drives plus a parity drive, throughput did
not double as expected, but more than tripled compared to the standalone drive, said
Bostick. To demonstrate the fault tolerance of the Ultera architecture, an operator then
deliberately ejected a tape and the backup continued to run uninterrupted at the same high
The trade show demonstration proved so convincing that SSI signed multiple orders for
Ultera-based tape solutions, including major deals with Boeing and
Nordyne. Nordyne sells
products under the Frigidaire*, Tappan* and Intertherm* brands.
"It was a tremendous success. It really showed what the technology is capable of
doing," said Bostick. "I just dont see how people could read one little
article on this technology and not call us. Were pretty excited about Ultera and its
products, and we're pushing like crazy. Weve got a lot of potential for this box and
we expect to have a lot of prospects soon join Boeing, Nordyne and others as SSI customers
who are supercharging their backup operations with Ultera technology."
SSI is handling 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 Ulteras 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.
Systems & Software Inc. was founded in 1983 as a supplier of storage components to
AT&T and the Bell Operating Companies. The company then expanded into the storage
market and prospered in the mid-80's by serving several niche markets for mass storage.
Today, SSI is a reseller of a wide variety of networking and workstation products,
specializing in the building of custom storage subsystems. Over the years, SSI has grown
into a full-fledged integration provider, offering the "Best of Breed" in
CISC/RISC workstations and servers, local & wide area networking products, network
consulting, after-market peripherals, installation and service. SSI has customers around
the world in all types of industries, ranging in size from $10 million to $16 billion in
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 email@example.com or visit Ultera's web site at http://www.ultera.com.
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