Ultera Systems Announces
Breakthrough Virtual Tape
Mirage Series offers Highest Performance, Functionality and
HILLS, Calif., November 7, 2002 —
Ultera Systems, the leading provider of high performance
tape controllers and tape RAID systems, today unveiled the
first in a series of scalable Virtual Tape Controllers (VTC)
for enterprise backup, restore and archive
The Mirage controller operates as a hard drive based
virtual tape library providing high performance backup and
restore with instantaneous file access and a unique patent
pending embedded archive capability with seamless scalability.
brings immediate performance improvements to backup, restore
and archival application, as its measured backup/restore rate
is 280GB/Hr. for the SCSI version and 540 GB/Hr. for the fibre
channel version. Both provide extremely fast file access with
measured times of <15 milliseconds when compared to several
minutes or more using a physical tape library.
AutoArchiveTM is a significant feature
embedded in the Mirage controller that enables the controller
to initiate and manage the archive operation.
The archive operation automatically moves data stored
in the virtual library to a physical library. All library
robotics are managed by the controller including exporting of
tapes from the library for off-site storage.
Mirage also has the capability to make identical copies
of backup tapes directly at hardware speeds; this addresses
those customers with multiple DR sites. Mirage fully supports
ALL industry tape drives and tape libraries, disk RAID and is
totally application software transparent.
other words, it supports investments companies have already
made in tape drives, libraries and RAID equipment, as well as
the application software they have already licensed and
trained their personnel to operate.
We did not forget the importance of cost of ownership
when we designed the Mirage series,” said Mo Nour, President
and Founder of Ultera Systems.
“Mirage with all of its features and high performance
characteristics has received fantastic reception from OEMs and
VARs but it would have been short lived if the Total Cost of
Ownership (TCO) model was not fully considered and implemented
as part of the design criteria.”
Nour further explained, “Our Mirage VTC is the only
one that allows users to keep their current configuration in
place, no hardware changes, (other than installing Mirage), no
software changes, no procedural or policy changes; its only
through this kind of seamless installation process that you
will reduce the TCO for the customer.”
Tape Remains a Critical Component
should be noted that while Mirage VTC is a virtual tape
product, tape remains a principal component in its design, as
tape will continue to play a critical roll in today’s as
well as future Disaster Recovery (DR) applications.
The design principal behind Mirage was never to fully
replace tape but to enhance its utilization within its current
IT mission. That
said Mirage has repositioned tape to its appropriate place as
a removable storage device for archival purposes.
Mirage has patent pending breakthrough concepts
supporting the management of data from the servers it’s
backing up to the archival storage of mission critical data.
more than 20 years in this industry, we can spot real
computing innovation and value, and it's all here in the
Mirage VTC. Mirage
offers seamless configuration, total transparency to existing
hardware and maximum scalability...this is a storage solution
with measurable ROI." states Robert Allen, Vice President
and Cofounder of System Upgrade, Inc. a storage solution
integrator located in Sky Valley, CA.
“Mirage offers companies like mine the flexibility to
configure the RAID, tape libraries and storage management
software we have been selling to our customers into a leading
virtual tape solution.” continued Allen.
Price and Availability
VTC is packaged as a base hardware platform consisting of a
1U, 19-inch rack-mount chassis which supports up to two Mirage
controllers either SCSI or a Fibre channel host connection is
available each with five dedicated SCSI channels for disk RAID
and tape/library support.
All additional features are delivered as firmware
options; these include increasing virtual tape storage
capacity and the various tape devices supported by the
VT2104 is a single SCSI Mirage controller supporting 4TB of
virtual storage capacity; list price is $23,300.00.
Additional virtual tape storage capacity support is
sold in 4TB increments; list price is $2860.00. Library
support is sold in 100 slot units; each has a list price of
VT2120 is the host fibre-channel version, which is priced the
same as the SCSI model. Model
VT2104 is currently shipping and Model VT2120 will ship in
mid-January 2003. Both
models offer a full 1 year warranty with free firmware updates
for the first year.
Demonstrated at COMDEX
Vegas, NV - Ultera will be demonstrating its new Mirage
product through live demonstrations at its COMDEX suite
located in the Bellagio Hotel, November 18th
through the 21st.
Systems, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of high performance
secondary storage controllers and subsystems for high-speed
backup, archive and high-speed data acquisition applications.
Founded in 1994 Ultera has exclusively designed and delivered
only high performance technology for tape and other removable
storage devices. It is this vast knowledge and understanding
of tape technology and applications that has enabled Ultera to
bring reality to virtual tape solutions. Its 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.
more information contact:
Ultera Systems, Inc.
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