Feb 10, 2015

Seagate Contributes To Open Source Community By Unveiling New Development Tools For Kinetic Platform At Open Compute Project Summit V

Partners Hyve and Wiwynn to Debut Kinetic Open Storage-Enabled Systems at the Show

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ:STX), a world leader in storage solutions, today delivered two new development tools related to its Kinetic Open Storage™ platform— the Seagate® Kinetic Ethernet Drive interface and the Seagate Kinetic™ T-Card development adapter.  Both innovations, which have been accepted by the Open Compute Foundation as important open standards available to Open Compute Project (OCP) solution providers and system builders, will debut at OCP Summit V.  

“Seagate is committed to driving open source innovation and empowering an active ecosystem of system builders and software developers with the tools they need to deploy cutting-edge storage solutions and drive this truly revolutionary platform,” said Mark Re, Seagate’s chief technology officer. “A true game changer, the Kinetic Open Storage platform will provide this community with the ability to deliver innovative, first-of-their-kind, scale-out storage architectures at the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership.”

Building on its continued support of open source innovation, Seagate is making its Ethernet Drive interface specification and T-Card development adapter available to the Open Compute Project. Both Seagate Kinetic drive connector specifications will enable the OCP community to design, test, and deliver applications and system designs built upon the Kinetic Open Storage platform providing an easy, cost-effective path to object-based solution development at a reduced time to market. 

Strong Industry Support
“Seagate’s Kinetic technology has enabled us to further innovate on top of the Open Compute Project system design and allows us to increase storage density and reduce performance bottlenecks,” said Steve Ichinaga, senior vice president and general manager for Hyve Solutions. “This new open storage platform is another great example of the innovations arising from the Open Compute Project community allowing us to better address the needs of our scale-out storage cloud customers.”

“Seagate has been a true world-class partner providing us with best-in-class support as we develop cutting-edge systems based on this truly ground-breaking platform— making this a win win for both us and our customers,” said Dr. Sunlai Chang, CTO for Wiwynn.

New Seagate Kinetic Development Tools Debut
The Seagate Kinetic Ethernet Drive interface enables solution providers to transition existing SAS or SATA based chassis designs to systems by replacing conventional HDD SATA or SAS backplanes with Ethernet backplanes. While the platform’s T-Card development adapter enables software developers to write and pre-test applications by communicating over the connectors to Kinetic Open Storage hard drives. Both specifications are designed to conform to the dimensions, specifications, power signal assignments, and physical placement of industry standard SAS drives.

Announced in 2013, the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform is a device-based open source platform that leverages a traditional hard disk drive assembly, the key/value API, and Ethernet connectivity to enable greater performance, scale, simplicity and a lower TCO for scale-out storage architectures.  

Starting today, solution provider partners Hyve and Wiwynn will demonstrate prototype OCP systems based on the Kinetic Open Storage platform at Open Compute Summit V in San Jose, California at booths B7 and B5. Seagate will also present, “Kinetic Open Storage: Enabling Breakthrough Economics in Scale-out Object Storage,” on the main stage at 3:10 p.m. (PT) on Tuesday, January 28.

To download the new Seagate Ethernet Drive interface specification and Seagate T-Card development adapter and start creating an improved, simplified storage architecture please visit: http://developers.seagate.com. To learn more about the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform click here: http://seagate.com/www/kinetic

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