Oct 14, 1998

Seagate Fibre Channel-Arbitrated Loop Disc Drives used by Sun Microsystems for Second-Generation Fibre Channel Array

Seagate Technology, Inc. (NYSE:SEG) has been chosen by Sun Microsystems, Inc. to supply Fibre Channel-Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL) disc drives for use in Sun's second-generation Fibre Channel storage subsystem, one of the first enterprise disc arrays to deliver FC-AL's enhanced performance, scalability, and fault tolerance to the market. The announcement of this agreement underscores the two leading companies' long-standing relationship to jointly develop some of the most innovative products for customers utilizing enterprise systems, workstations, and servers.

"Seagate and Sun first worked together to jointly develop the hugely-popular SCSI Single Connector Attachment (SCA) standard, which brought a host of benefits to users in the enterprise storage marketplace," said Al Shugart, Seagate's chairman and chief executive officer. "We are proud to have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with such an innovator and strategic ally as Sun, the first company to offer Fibre Channel storage arrays. Sun's selection of Seagate as a supplier of storage products for its second-generation Fibre Channel subsystem underscores the closeness of that relationship."

"Sun and Seagate have a long-standing history of bringing leading-edge technology to market, and we continue that tradition with our second-generation Fibre Channel array," said Kathleen Holmgren, vice president and general manager of Sun Microsystems Computer Company's storage products group. "We have shipped our first 100 production arrays incorporating Seagate's FC-AL drives, and our customers are excited by the reliability, performance, and scalability of the product."

Sun's second-generation Fibre Channel array will utilize an FC-AL version of the Barracuda 9 disc drive, which currently is shipping in volume with the FC-AL interface. The Barracuda family was the world's first series to offer FC-AL functionality in a disc drive, as well as the founder of the high-performance 7,200-rpm rotational rate standard.

Sun began working with Fibre Channel standards in 1989 and in 1993 co-founded the Fibre Channel Systems Initiative (FCSI) in conjunction with Hewlett-Packard and IBM. Sun began shipping its first-generation Fibre Channel product, the SPARCstorage Array, in 1994 and since that time has shipped more than two petabytes of Fibre Channel storage while garnering support from many industry-leading vendors.

Seagate Technology, Inc. (NYSE:SEG) is a leading provider of technology and products enabling people to store, access, and manage information. Seagate is committed to providing best-in-class products to help people get their information when, where and how they want it. Seagate is the world's largest manufacturer of disc drives, magnetic discs and read-write heads, a market leader in tape drives, and a leading developer of software for information availability, access and analysis. With nearly $9 billion in revenues for its 1997 fiscal year, Seagate can be found around the globe and on the World Wide Web at http://www.seagate.com.

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