Mar 23, 2004

Seagate Demonstrates Serial Attached SCSI Interoperability With Its 2.5-Inch Savvio Disc Drive At SAS Plugfest

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX), the world's leading provider of disc drive products and technologies, today announced the successful completion of interoperability testing for its 2.5-inch first serial attached SCSI (SAS) Savvio hard disc drive. The SAS Plugfest tests were conducted earlier this month at the University of New Hampshire interoperability lab using a range of SAS devices from multiple vendors. Seagate tested SAS interoperability with its recently unveiled Savvio disc drive - the world's first 2.5-inch enterprise drive.

Savvio is the only disc drive in its class that has demonstrated critical SAS dual-port mode while also transferring information at blazing 3 Gb/s speeds. This translates into a Seagate solution that provides the fastest performance coupled with the worry-free reliability that IT managers demand. Savvio, along with LSI Logic's SAS1064 controller, supported bench tests conducted at Plugfest, which enabled other vendors to test at 3 Gb/s speeds in this environment for the first time.

Seagate, along with LSI Logic and HP, were the first three of the five founding companies that formed what would ultimately become the SAS Working Group. Seagate helped lay the groundwork for early SAS development and drove technology leadership with several demonstration firsts, in addition to continuing to help partners build compatible systems that will ultimately ensure a smooth transition from parallel to Serial Attached SCSI.

Last year, Seagate was the first to formally announce its move to the 2.5-inch enterprise platform when the Company revealed its plans publicly in May 2003 and garnered the support of industry leaders including HP, Intel, and Microsoft. Seagate recognized the need early on to provide a solution for space-constrained data centers that run in I/O-intensive environments and require the utmost reliability: Savvio was born. Seagate's Serial Attached SCSI product portfolio will help IT professional consolidate enterprise storage solutions and thus significantly lower infrastructure costs.

"Serial Attached SCSI I/O technology and Savvio together deliver a powerful combination of benefits for the most demanding enterprise systems," said Jeff Loebbaka, Seagate vice president of global marketing. "The interoperability testing conducted today underscores Seagate's commitment to delivering best-in-class solutions in any environment -- whether for the enterprise space with Savvio, or in the desktop and consumer electronics environments where Seagate is also a leader."

"When examining the needs for the next I/O generation of SCSI, implementing a serial-based technology is ultimately what made the most sense since it would break through many of the limiting performance barriers we were beginning to see with parallel technology," said Mark Heerema, HP director of engineering, disk drives, Industry Standard Servers. "HP, Seagate, and LSI Logic were very aggressive in the pursuit of this technology and worked hard to unite the rest of the industry to ultimately create the foundation of the SAS Working Group. The results today from Seagate's Savvio solution and the interoperability it displayed under rigorous testing are a testimony to Seagate's hard work and dedication as an early pioneer in SAS development."

About Serial Attached SCSI
Serial Attached SCSI is the next step for the enterprise industry's storage I/O standard interface. SAS technology extends SCSI interface solutions beyond Ultra320 to the next-generation Direct Attach Storage (DAS) server and workstation markets while retaining device-level backward compatibility. And because the SAS physical layer is compatible with SATA, users will have the choice of populating SAS systems with either SATA or SAS hard disk drives, or a combination of both. Boasting features that liberate SCSI from its parallel predecessor, Serial Attached SCSI delivers new levels of breakthrough speed and connectivity while retaining the functionality and reliability of SCSI.

Seagate's serial I/O expertise and early R&D investment into developing Serial Attached SCSI will provide customers with best-in-class, reliable, and time-to-market products. With enterprise storage requirements escalating and becoming more complex, factors such as data center consolidation, reliability, security, scalability and accessibility are more critical than ever. Enterprise data centers must be online all the time, fulfill requests from numerous users simultaneously, allow for constant growth and expansion and be maintained while in operation. Serial Attached SCSI meets all these demands while providing the highest performance at optimal capacity points.

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide range of Enterprise, PC, Notebook and Consumer Electronics applications. The Company is committed to delivering 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.

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