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Ultera Announces Mirage Data Recorder for Mission Critical Operations Now Available for Oil and Gas Industry

Revolutionary Data Recorder Device Delivers Unrivalled Reliability

for  Seismic and Other Real-Time Applications

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif.—Jan. 17, 2007—Ultera Systems today announced their new Mirage™ Data Recorder (MDR) is now available to the oil and gas industry. The ultra-reliable MDR is designed for real-time data acquisition in mission critical operations such as seismic where repeating the test is either impossible or cost prohibitive. The device was field tested by a major oilfield service company before being released for general industry use.

With traditional tape solutions, dirt and grime in the field can disrupt tape drives, and environmental conditions can corrupt the tape medium. As a result, the data itself may be corrupted or not even recorded.

Ultera’s Mirage Data Recorder eliminates these problems by replacing tape drives and cartridges with two high performance disk drives in removable canisters. The RAID 1 configuration provides built-in redundancy to ensure recording continues if one of the drives fails. And, once data is acquired, automatic write protection prevents accidental data erasure. For extra protection, the identical tape volumes stored on transportable hard drives allow one to be taken to the base camp for processing or archiving to conventional tape cartridges and the other to be kept as a backup.

“One of the challenges in developing a data recorder for the oil and gas industry is dealing with a multitude of tape technologies and formats,” explained Mo Nour, president of Ultera Systems. “Ultera’s expertise with tape and removable storage made the Mirage Data Recorder the first device that allows companies the freedom to choose disk as the primary recording device with archiving disk data to any conventional tape drive technology.”

The high-volume disks also permit companies to store more data on a single volume:  a single MDR disk is equivalent to up to 70 tape cartridges. Each drive can be configured to accept 10 to 70  IBM 3590 tapes, or up to 7 LTO-format tape cartridges.

The Mirage Data Recorder is the newest addition to Ultera’s family of Mirage™ virtual tape technologies and is available in a four-bay tower or 2U rack mount. Each includes an MDR controller, one archive port and two disk modules with 146GB/300GB/750GB removable disks. MSRP is $30,000 with dual 146GB drives.


About Ultera Systems

            Founded in 1994, Ultera designs and delivers high-performance technologies for tape, virtual tape and other removable storage devices. The company’s proprietary tape RAID ASIC design incorporates the latest technology available to achieve maximum performance and data reliability. Ultera hard drive-based virtual tape libraries, tape arrays, optical arrays and media duplication products are marketed and sold through major OEMs, storage integrators, technology providers, resellers and distributors. For more information phone (949) 367-8880, email, or visit the company website at




Daly-Swartz PR for Ultera Systems

Jeffrey Swartz, 949.470.0075

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