PERFORMANCE OF STRIPER SERIES TAPE ARRAY CONTROLLER WITH NEW LVD VERSION
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., November 22, 1999.... Ultera
Systems, the leading tape array controller and tape array system supplier, today unveiled
a new version of its Striper-3 tape array controller, adding LVD SCSI support and
doubling the data rate up to 80 MB/sec.
Ulteras new Striper-3 LVD array controller achieves the performance boost by
incorporating QLogic Corp.s new Fast Architecture SCSI (FAS) processors. Another
industry first for Ultera, the Striper-3 LVD is the first product to incorporate six
QLogic FAS processors in a single unit. The Striper-3 LVD utilizes a FAS466 SCSI
processor, enabling communications between the array controller and the host at
unparalleled data rates of up to 80 MB/sec, and five FAS368 SCSI processors, each
dedicated to controlling an individual SCSI tape drive in the array. With the introduction
of the Striper-3 LVD, Ultera now sets the speed and performance record in controller board
technology throughout the industry.
With the enhanced performance enabled by LVD SCSI, Ultera has delivered its
highest-performance array controller ever with throughput that even rivals more expensive
Fibre Channel devices, while maintaining the value and wide compatibility of SCSI.
"As corporate data sets continue to grow geometrically, there is a corresponding
requirement for enhanced throughput tape solutions to protect these enormous volumes of
data," said Fred Bedard, vice president, sales and marketing at Ultera Systems.
"Ultera joined with QLogic to meet this challenge with 100 percent data rate
improvement of the Striper-3 LVD."
"We are pleased that Ultera selected us as their I/O controller supplier for this
performance-leading application," said David Tovey, vice president and general
manager of QLogic's Peripheral Products Group. "Our complete family of hardware and
firmware compatible LVD SCSI and Fibre Channel general purpose I/O solutions is
particularly suited for high throughput applications requiring fast time-to-market with
minimum I/O bus compatibility risk."
Ultera Systems provides unprecedented tape performance with its innovative line of tape
array controllers. Ulteras Striper-3 LVD controllers can be configured for RAID-1
operation, mirroring data to a pair of drives, or RAID-3, with data and parity information
striped across a set of two or four drives. This configuration offers fault-tolerance,
allowing tape backup operations to continue, even in the event of a drive or media
failure, as well as the fastest available performance by utilizing the cumulative
bandwidth of all attached tape drives. An optional parity drive can be added to maximize
reliability of the tape array.
Data mirroring mode simplifies disaster recovery by writing the "data" to up
to five separate drives simultaneously and supports off-line copy operations, providing
high speed media duplication and verification without host system intervention.
Ulteras Striper-3 LVD array controller is plug-and-play compatible with all popular
SCSI tape drives, including DLTtape*, AIT*, Mammoth*, DDS* and
The Ultera product line includes the following models:
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 two or more identical
backup tapes in real time with no additional system overhead or software changes
Shadow Master Series: provides real-time data mirroring across
multiple tape loaders and libraries for the ultimate in data reliability and disaster
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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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