UP WITH ULTERA
Industrys First True Turnkey
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., October 26, 1999
Systems, the leading tape array controller and tape array system supplier, and Exabyte
Corporation (Nasdaq: EXBT), a leading network backup systems company, today announced a
partnering relationship to deliver breakthroughs in backup performance and reliability
with a new tape RAID solution built around Exabytes 690D DLTtape library. This
partnership offers unique backup to tape that is four times faster than a single drive
backup, while also providing a higher level of fault tolerance.
The Exabyte-Ultera tape RAID solution combines Exabytes multi-terabyte scalable
DLTtape 690D library with Ulteras Striper-3 Tape Array RAID controller to
create a next-generation network backup solution that provides unmatched performance and
data availability with data rates up to 144 GB/hour.
"This partnership brings value to our customers when it comes to their storage
needs. This tape RAID solution offers the shortest backup time possible and assurance that
the backup job will be successful," said Tim Studebaker, vice president of automation
business at Exabyte. "With Ulteras tape RAID, customers not only increase
throughput, shortening the required backup time, but they also receive a higher level of
fault tolerance. This means this solution can sustain either a failure of a single drive
or media without losing the backup job."
The Exabyte 690D DLTtape library was designed to take advantage of the performance
enhancements enabled by Ulteras Tape Array RAID technology. The library array
solution is the result of a collaboration between Exabyte and Ultera engineers that
empowers 690D customers to scale up to supercharge their backup operations by upgrading to
full tape RAID capability in a simple plug-and-play installation. An Ultera Striper or
Imager array controller module can be installed directly into an internal
compartment on the 690D that was specifically designed for the OEM and System Integrators
who want to incorporate Ulteras tape RAID technology directly within the library
itself. The tight integration also enables a library operator to fully control the tape
RAID controller via the convenient front panel LCD on the Exabyte library. The result is
the first true turnkey DLTtape RAID product on the market.
Additionally, any installed 690D can be easily upgraded with Ulteras
plug-and-play RAID controller packages specifically designed for Resellers. The library
top box or rack-mount package can be installed and operational in minutes, providing
customers with 690D libraries the latest in tape performance technology without any
library modifications, making this a true value-add solution.
designed the media magazines on the 690D library for tape RAID standards. The removable
magazines each hold five DLT cartridges; Ulteras Striper array controller
creates a set of up to five tapes using four data drives and a parity drive to store data.
The five-cartridge magazine capacity makes it convenient to store a complete set of tape
array tapes safely and makes them available for fast and easy restoration if needed.
"The Exabyte 690D array solution represents the highest degree of integration ever
done to support a RAID tape library," said Fred Bedard, vice president of sales and
marketing at Ultera. "Exabyte has embraced the advantages of tape arrays, and with
the 690D architecture, the company has given its customers a powerful tape array-ready
platform that works seamlessly with Ulteras controllers. Exabytes leadership
in adopting tape array technology is setting the standard for the industry."
The Exabyte 690D is a fully scalable, field-upgradeable data storage solution,
configurable for 30, 60 or 90 data cartridges and two to six tape drives. The newest
member of the Exabyte Arrowhead family, the 690D is designed to provide extremely
reliable unattended storage and retrieval for large application and database servers. The
690D offers the highest capacity per cubic foot in its class, delivering up to 6.3
terabytes of data storage using DLT7000 drives or 7.2 terabytes when equipped with the new
Quantum DLT8000 drives. The 690D maintains Exabytes high standards for library
performance and reliability, fully supporting network backup/restore, remote storage
management and automated archiving operations.
inherent reliability of Exabytes library design is amplified with the addition of
Ulteras tape RAID technology. When equipped with an Ultera array controller, the
Exabyte 690D is transformed into a high-performance, fault-tolerant backup solution.
Ulteras Striper-3 array controller installed in a four- or five-drive 690D library
delivers full 40 MB/sec sustained data throughput, or up to 144 GB/hour. Data is striped
across five independent parallel array channels, increasing data transfer rates as well as
search speeds by as much as four times the speed of a single tape drive. The higher
performance is augmented with vastly improved backup reliability and data availability.
Unlike conventional backup operations where a failed drive or cartridge can cripple data
backup or recovery operations, parity information stored on a parity drive is used to
recover data if a tape containing data cannot be read. This configuration also makes the
690D array impervious to a drive or media failure, allowing read and write operations to
continue with no performance degradation, virtually guaranteeing completion of backup
When set for mirrored operation, an Ultera-equipped 690D library can create up to five
separate backup tapes simultaneously, enabling the real-time creation of off-site backup
tapes for disaster recovery. Alternatively, an administrator can use the front panel
display to create multiple off-line backup copies within the library without any
intervention from the host system.
The Ultera tape RAID solution for the 690D is currently shipping and is being made
available to all Exabyte System Integrators, Resellers and Distributors worldwide through
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" and "LibraryMaster" 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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