Jul 23, 2007

Seagate's Cheetah NS Mission Critical Hard Drives Integrated by Xyratex

MARLOW, England - Seagate (NYSE:STX), the world’s largest manufacturer of hard disc drives, today announced that Xyratex (NASDAQ: XRTX), a leading provider of enterprise class data storage subsystems and storage process technology, is the first storage subsystem manufacturer to qualify and integrate Seagate’s high efficiency disc drive, the Cheetah NS™. Xyratex has fully integrated the Cheetah NS into its current 4Gb SBOD storage system, the RS-1602-F4-SBD and fully qualified it in all legacy Fibre Channel RAID, SBOD and JBOD solutions.

The Cheetah NS is a new 10K rpm disk drive designed for mission-critical network storage applications that require the highest available storage capacity and the lowest possible power consumption. This innovative drive utilizes the same design platform as Seagate’s Cheetah 15K.5 drive and its proven perpendicular recording technology to enable a series of advantages including vastly improved capacity and performance statistics, and a 33 percent reduction in power consumption, when compared to standard 3.5 inch form factor 10K rpm enterprise drives.

“The need to provide solutions with reduced energy consumption is changing the look and feel of IT environments,” said Sherman Black, senior vice president and general manager, Seagate Enterprise Compute business. “The Cheetah NS drive provides measurable energy savings and operational advantages that will complement the enhanced storage system technology Xyratex delivers to market. Our latest drive technology will assist Xyratex in delivering solutions that meet data center managers’ power, performance and capacity requirements. We look forward to working with Xyratex to roll out this latest drive technology.”

Xyratex’s robust storage enclosures are engineered and vigorously tested to maximize reliability, cooling and capacity. Integrating Cheetah NS drives, which utilize power efficiency and advanced operations to run
at lower temperatures, provides an enterprise solution that delivers twofold power savings: firstly power consumption levels are reduced; secondly the resulting lower system heat generation decreases data center air conditioning requirements. Together, these savings dramatically reduce total cost of ownership.

“Power efficiency is a leading industry concern and Xyratex is embracing power saving technology, leading the way in its integration into storage solutions,” said Todd Gresham, executive vice president, Networked Storage Solutions, Xyratex. “The qualification of Seagate’s Cheetah NS drive enhances the overall efficiency of Xyratex’s 4Gb SBOD by more than 20 percent. In addition, customers benefit from increased capacity and advanced performance features. Xyratex values its partnership with Seagate and looks forward to more industry firsts going forward.”

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate’s business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, and to be the low cost producer in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world’s growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.

Seagate, Seagate Technology and the WAVE logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. Cheetah is either a trademark or a registered trademark of Seagate Technology LLC. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. When referring to drive capacity one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes. Accessible capacity may vary depending on operating environment and formatting. Actual quantities will vary based on various factors, including file size, file format, features and application software.

About Xyratex
Xyratex is a leading provider of enterprise class data storage subsystems and storage process technology. The company designs and manufactures enabling technology that provides OEM and disk drive manufacturers with data storage products to support high-performance storage and data communication networks. Xyratex has over 20 years of experience in research and development relating to disk drives, storage systems and high-speed communication protocols.

Founded in 1994 in a management buy-out from IBM, and with its headquarters in the UK, Xyratex has an established global base with R&D and operational facilities in Europe, the United States and South East Asia. For more information, visit www.xyratex.com.