Mar 12, 2003

Seagate Demonstrates Industry's First Serial Attached SCSI Storage Solutions With HP

HANOVER, Germany - Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is making its way into the arena as Seagate Technology (NYES: STX) today begins demonstrating its SAS technology with HP at CeBIT. The event marks the first time that products using SAS are being shown in live functional demonstrations. Serial Attached SCSI is the SCSI growth path to greater connectivity, lower cost scalability, and higher throughput performance. It is this combination of robust benefits that has made SCSI the enterprise I/O interface choice for over 20 years.

This demonstration is the first working prototype of SAS based on industry standards and is expected to be the natural evolution of SCSI technology in the enterprise. The demonstration uses a fully operational SAS Cheetah disc drive attached to a computer. The computer allows program scripts to be sent to a packet generator that in turn sends them over the SAS interface to a Cheetah 73 GByte SAS drive. The traffic on the interface then passes through a protocol analyzer pod and can be viewed on the computer. The SAS demonstration can be viewed this week within Hall 1 at CeBIT.

"HP continues to enhance its leading server and storage solutions to enable customers to keep up with the information demands of today and tomorrow and Seagate is aligned with that same customer-centric focus," stated Brian Dexheimer, Seagate executive vice president, Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. "SAS is an exciting migration path for SCSI and one that will allow companies to benefit from sharing richer content and information across their systems and allow increased efficiency."

"Serial Attached SCSI will offer exceptional benefits for servers and storage where customers require maximum flexibility. In addition, Serial Attached SCSI drives will deliver excellent performance, manageability and reliability while also supporting physical interchange with Serial ATA drives that will be offered for customers requiring the absolute lowest acquisition cost," said Brad Anderson, vice president, Server Storage and Infrastructure, HP Industry Standard Servers. "HP is aggressively working with strategic partners like Seagate to implement Serial Attached SCSI for our customers, who require greater storage bandwidth and performance to serve an ever increasing amount of data across their networks, as well as maximum infrastructure flexibility."

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