Dec 14, 1998

Seagate Announces Development Effort for Sun Microsystems' Storex Storage Management Platform

Seagate Technology, Inc. (NYSE:SEG) today announced support for Sun Microsystems' StoreX storage management platform, a Java-based open architecture designed to bring greater manageability to devices in distributed, networked storage environments. Seagate's Storage Networking team plans to develop StoreX support in future products as part of its pioneering work to develop comprehensive, new intelligence features residing at the storage device level. Such new intelligence features will provide functionality which will enable optimized enterprise system performance, automated enterprise IT tasks, and enhanced information availability and usability.

"Seagate's efforts in developing storage devices for distributed Storage Networks dates back to the early 1990's," said Nigel Macleod, Seagate's vice president of Advanced Concepts. "Our vision to deliver greater storage device functionality and performance for enterprise applications is evidenced by the company's pioneering activities in transforming Fibre Channel from a purely network interconnect to a high performance storage system architecture. At the product level, Seagate developed the industry's first native Fibre Channel disc drive to enter volume production and the company is committed to maintaining its leadership role through research into even more enhanced storage device capabilities. Some of these include object-oriented discs (OOD), direct device-to-device communication, and embedded storage management functionality. StoreX is a natural complement to these objectives and is a key enabling technology for distributed Storage Networking environments."

"We welcome such strong development support for Project StoreX from Seagate, a leader in the storage industry," said Jeff Allen, vice president of marketing for Sun's Network Storage. "Seagate's commitment to StoreX combined with Sun's three-year head start on alternative approaches will ensure that customers gain access to open applications that reduce the cost and complexity of storage management in the very near future."

The technologies being created by Seagate's Storage Networking team can be leveraged across multiple classes of storage devices, including disc and tape drives. In order to fully utilize future new embedded hardware capabilities, development efforts also focus on close relationships with key software developers. Seagate Fibre Channel disc drives are the industry's first to ship in volume with Public Loop Support, a key enabling technology for Storage Networking. The company is also actively working to implement multi-gigabit Fibre Channel capability.

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