May 20, 2002

Seagate Discusses Storage Over Ethernet and IP at Storage Networking World China 2002

BEIJING - Seagate Technology, the world's leading provider of storage technology for Internet, business and consumer applications, has been invited to be one of the speakers at Storage Networking World 2002 in China. Bek Chee Yiang, Seagate senior director, Field Application Engineering, Asia Pacific, will be delivering a topic addressing Storage over Ethernet and Internet Protocol (IP) at the series of conferences in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. He will be joined by a panel of storage experts and users to discuss best practices for storage management in a networked world. Earlier in March, Chee Yiang presented a similar paper at Storage Networking World Hong Kong 2002.

Storage Networking World China provides the latest information on storage networking to IT users and vendors alike. Attendees will learn about the latest industry developments, gain insight into future technologies and see real-world examples of storage deployment from dynamic end-user case studies. Industry analysts will paint a picture of the future of storage networking and technical experts will discuss burgeoning technologies in technical tutorials. The conference encompasses the newest network storage solutions for faster, more reliable access to business-critical data, and offers excellent networking opportunities for business associates and channel partners.

Details of the Storage Networking World China 2002 series of conferences are as follows:
Beijing May 27-28, Kempinski Hotel Beijing
Shanghai May 30, Hotel Equatorial Shanghai
Guangzhou May 31, China Hotel

With responsibilities including product qualification, resolving field technical issues and providing technical expertise and support in roadshows, seminars and other technical-related matters, Chee Yiang plays a vital role in reinforcing Seagate's leadership position in the regional IT industry.

With storage requirements doubling every 12-18 months and the cost of managing storage nearly ten times the cost of purchasing storage, the need for an efficient storage management platform becomes very clear. Storage Area Networks (SANs) have demonstrated their ability to fit that need, with research indicating that a single IT manager can maintain 5-7 times more storage on a SAN than in a traditional storage architecture.

Today, SAN is an established storage networking architecture and Fibre Channel interface is the core technology for building storage area networks (SANs) due to its high performance, connectivity and ability to support block-oriented storage protocols. The Fibre Channel interface is the critical technology that enables disc drives to directly communicate with other devices across the storage network, including other storage products, peripherals, and servers. Fibre Channel technology benefits users by delivering faster and more widespread access to information, providing the ability to better automate tasks--such as back-up routines within certain time frames, and sharing information across dissimilar operating platforms.

Seagate developed the world's first Fibre Channel disc drive in 1994 and has led in the development and integration of the Fibre Channel interface in storage devices. The company is currently shipping its fifth generation of Fibre Channel products and continues to co-develop Fibre Channel storage technologies with leading OEMs to accelerate the transition to Storage Area Networks.

Seagate is also a member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) — the point of cohesion for developers of storage and networking products in addition to system integrators, application vendors and service providers as the world computer systems market embarks on the evolutionary journey called storage networking. SNIA is dedicated to ensuring that storage networks become complete and trusted solutions across the IT community.

Seagate is the world's leading provider of storage technology for Internet, business and consumer applications. The Company's products include disc drives for the Enterprise, PCs and Consumer Electronics, as well as Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions. Seagate's market leadership is based on 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.