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Ultera Systems Adds "Lite" Version to the Mirage Virtual Tape Family

Mirage Lite VTC provides entry-level Virtual Tape Solution at low cost

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., May 27, 2003 — Ultera Systems, the leading provider of high performance tape/RAID controllers, today announced an important addition to the Mirage Virtual Tape Controller (VTC) family - the Mirage Lite.  The Mirage Lite VTC is intended to satisfy the demand of the higher volume, entry-level server market.  The Mirage Lite controller operates as a hard drive based virtual tape library integrating seamlessly into existing backup environments providing high performance backup and restore with instant file access and a unique patent pending embedded archive capability to conventional tape devices. 

The new Mirage Lite VTC will revolutionize the way entry level server, Workgroup, or Departments backup their data and provide “real data protection” without having to worry about backup windows and budget, all without making any changes to existing software or hardware. The Mirage Lite fully supports ALL industry tape drives, tape libraries and hard drive/RAID and is totally application software transparent.  Significant features of the Mirage Lite VTC include: high-speed reliable backup and restore, embedded “server free” archival operation, which decouples tape drives from the backup and restore function and archives to them at their full recording speed thus minimizing wear and tear, and increased tape drive utilization.  Tape drive utilization will triple at a minimum, by creating an independent archival window of 24 hours versus the 8-hour conventional backup window.  The “embedded archive capability” initiates and manages the archive operation based on options selected; no additional backup software is required. The archive operation automatically moves data stored in the virtual library to the attached conventional tape drive/autoloader. The Mirage Lite VTC eliminates additional hardware and software expenditures required to increase backup performance by utilizing existing backup software and hardware significantly reducing total cost of ownership.  “The current economic climate and tight IT budgets put the pressure on to provide a complete Virtual Tape Library Solution that can be purchased for less than $10,000.00!" said Mo Nour, president and founder of Ultera Systems.

Tape is Still Needed for Archive and Disaster Recovery

While the Mirage Lite VTC is the core of a very high performance reliable Virtual Tape Solution, tape media will continue to play a critical role in Disaster Recovery (DR) requirements.  The design principal behind the Mirage Lite VTC is to enhance its utilization within the current IT environment.  That said, Mirage has repositioned tape to its appropriate place as an archival storage device as opposed to a backup device.

Pricing and Availability

The Mirage Lite VTC is offered as a base hardware configuration in a 5.25” Half Height internal canister with support for one disk and optional archive. Configurations are also available as a Tabletop, Desktop or Rackmount.  The Mirage Lite controller packaged in a Half Height with single disk support and archival option, model number VT880A, lists for $4,125.00.  A complete virtual tape solution in a desktop package with half a terabyte of disk combined with Sony AIT technology is offered at $8,620.00 list.  Pilot production units are shipping now with full production units in 30 days.

About Ultera

Ultera Systems, Inc., has been offering solutions to enhance removable storage (tape and optical) for the last decade.  It’s product lines are marketed under the trade names; “Mirage,” "Striper," "Imager," "LibraryMaster", “RAILMaster”, and "ShadowMaster," and sold through OEMs, VARs, and Systems Integrators worldwide. Ultera is based in Laguna Hills, Calif.


For more information contact:  
Ultera Systems, Inc.
Mas Omae
Tel:  949.367.8800
Fax: 949.367.0758

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