Jan 21, 1998

Adaptec and Seagate Help Resellers Migrate to ULTRA2 SCSI

Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT) and Seagate Technology, Inc. (NYSE: SEG) today introduced three new programs designed to equip computer resellers and system integrators with the knowledge, tools, resources and hands-on experience they want to migrate customers quickly to the new Ultra2 SCSI interface technology.

These joint programs, which are being launched worldwide over the course of this quarter, provide resellers with materials that not only teach about the installation, configuration and optimization of the Ultra2 SCSI interface technology, but also provide resellers with tools to demonstrate these benefits to their customers.

Evaluation kits with hardware made available by both companies allows resellers to benchmark the 100% performance gains available with Ultra2 SCSI over earlier SCSI interfaces. The Adaptec-Seagate kits offer resellers access to a cost-reduced Ultra2 SCSI Barracuda 9LP disk drive and an AHA-2940U2W host adapter, complete with an evaluation guide and installation/benchmarking instructions.

An interactive web-based training program provides easy access to information about the fundamental breakthroughs of this new technology. Here, resellers learn about the attractive benefits provided by Ultra2 SCSI, including 80 Mbyte/second data transfer rates, support for up to 15 devices on a single controller card, complete legacy device support, and the integration of low-voltage differential SCSI technology for extended cable lengths of up to 12 meters. Adaptec and Seagate are also launching extended vendor-to-reseller technical support for Ultra2 SCSI on Adaptec's AHA-2940U2W host adapter and Seagate's SCSI Barracuda 9LP hard disk drives. This mutual support program will provide seamless assistance between Adaptec and Seagate as resellers bring integration problems to either company. This program should also save resellers time and improve the depth of technical support provided by both companies.

"Adaptec and Seagate are leading the industry in delivering Ultra2 SCSI technology to the market with high-performance products and tools resellers need to migrate customers quickly to this new standard," said Faye Pairman, general manager and vice president of Adaptec's Distribution Products Group.

"Ultra2 SCSI is a very exciting technology to resellers for many reasons, including the ability to distinguish their products with enhanced performance, scalability, and data integrity," said Win Seipp, executive director of Seagate's Worldwide Channel Marketing Program. "As the first company to develop and ship fully-enabled Ultra2 SCSI disc drives, the next logical step for Seagate was to partner with Adaptec, an industry-leading SCSI host adapter company, to provide a total Ultra2 SCSI solution for one of our most important customers, our resellers."

Adaptec and Seagate plan supplemental activities to be introduced in the near future that will further benefit the reseller community as they adopt Ultra2 SCSI technology. For further information about this program and how to become more involved, resellers are encouraged to visit Adaptec's and Seagate's respective reseller web sites at http://www.adaptec.com and http://reseller.seagate.com.

Adaptec provides bandwidth management technologies for organizations building the global information infrastructure. Its high performance I/O, connectivity, and network products are incorporated into the systems and products of major computer and peripheral manufacturers. Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Milpitas, Calif.,

Adaptec (NASDAQ:ADPT) employs 3,000 people worldwide in design, manufacturing, sales, service and distribution. Adaptec's home page is http://www.adaptec.com.

Seagate Technology, Inc. (NYSE:SEG) is a leading provider of technology and products enabling people to store, access, and manage information. Seagate is committed to providing best-in-class products to help people get their information when, where and how they want it. Seagate is the world's largest manufacturer of disc drives, magnetic discs and read-write heads, a market leader in tape drives, and a leading developer of software for information availability, access and analysis. With nearly $9 billion in revenues for its 1997 fiscal year, Seagate can be found around the globe and on the World Wide Web at http://www.seagate.com.


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