Sep 06, 2006

Seagate Hosts Forum in Taiwan on Maximizing Data Management

Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX), the world's leading supplier of hard disc drives, will host a forum on the subject: Mission Control - Maximizing Data Management, on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 in Taipei and on Friday, September 15, 2006 in Kaohsiung. These forums, targeted at system integrators and value added resellers (VARs), will educate channel partners about the diverse applications for which multi-drive, high capacity systems featuring Seagate Barracuda ES hard drives are suitable.

"In our ongoing dialogue with channel partners, VARs and resellers, we are seeing a tremendous need for better data management capabilities, and a deeper understanding of the best solutions to meet specific customer needs," said BanSeng Teh, Seagate vice president and managing director for APAC. "Our Barracuda ES family of hard drives is designed to be at the core of today's most robust and reliable data management solutions. The Barracuda ES drive provides a significant boost in capacity and reliability that far exceed prior generations in meeting the need for cost-effective, Disk Array/WB server storage."

"With hard drives of 750GB in capacity and even larger drives on the horizon, there is a growing need for data management and RAID expertise," said Jonathan Chu, CSO of Promise Technology, Inc. "As the premier supplier of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)/SATA RAID solution, Promise is dedicated to develop advanced data protection features such as PerfectRAID(tm), PDM(tm) and RAID 6 double parity support to meet the needs of more robust data protection for today's massive capacity disc storage."

At the educational forums, Seagate and its partners, Coventive Technologies Inc. and Promise Technology Inc., will showcase applications where the Seagate Barracuda ES hard drive combines the highest capacity available with enterprise features demanded in 'multi-drive' capacity-intensive configurations, ideal for low cost-per-GB business storage solutions. Additional topics that will be discussed include serial ATA and SAS interface technologies.

With mission-critical enterprise storage continuing to drive core business server and storage needs, the digital revolution is challenging businesses of all sizes with storing, managing and protecting vast amounts of data. The Seagate Barracuda ES hard drive enables cost-efficient business-critical 'infrastructure' build-out, delivering the largest capacity hard drive to datacenters. The Barracuda ES targets storage solutions for today's fastest growing applications, including maximum capacity servers, rich media content, reference and compliance data, and data protection schemes such as disk-to-disk, virtual tape, snapshots and virtualization.

With SATA capacities up to a massive 750GBs, the Barracuda ES powers RAID sub-systems and external storage solutions, supporting 50% more capacity within the same system form factor.

The 7200-RPM Barracuda ES delivers increased reliability and features Rotational Vibration Feed Forward (RVFF) technology to sustain performance when placed in closely packed multi-drive system environments. Engineered to deliver the best Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) rating possible, Seagate has also added Workload Management, a feature that helps protect the hard drive when thermal temperatures begin rising due to sustained heavy workloads, helping to keep drives and systems cool, increasing the reliability and longevity of the Barracuda ES drive.

The Barracuda ES drive is offered in a 3Gbit Serial ATA (SATA) version that includes Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and 8/16MB cache. With best-in-class storage density using perpendicular recording technology, the Barracuda ES drive is offered in capacities of 250, 400, 500, and 750GB. The Barracuda ES drive is also available in a 2Gbit FC version in capacities of 400 and 500GB.

About Coventive Technologies Inc.
Coventive Technologies Inc. is an international software company established during 1998 in Taiwan, which is the earliest company in developing Linux-based embedded software in order to cope with strong demands of Linux solutions in Asia market. Coventive Technologies has successfully introduced its first Linux-based product in 1999, and has gained very positive feedback and established its popularity from many countries within Asia region. Among all the countries, China has announced to adopt Linux platform as the operating system for its government computer platforms within next few years. Nowadays, Coventive Technologies Inc. has become the leader of Linux technology in Taiwan and also regarded as one of the leaders in the Asia region by offering customized total Linux-based embedded software solutions with the best functionality and time-to-market services. Asia is the major personal electronic appliance production region, and therefore, it will be the critical market for the Coventive Technologies to provide Linux-based embedded solutions.

About Promise Technology, Inc.
Promise Technology is the originator of SATA/ATA RAID and a dominant storage product supplier with a comprehensive storage product line offering. Using Serial ATA (SATA) and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology, Promise designs, manufactures and delivers high performance, reliable, cost-effective, fault tolerant RAID storage solutions for SMB/enterprise IT users, VARs, resellers, System Integrators and key OEMs, worldwide. Promise Technology maintains ongoing product development relationships with leading storage and server manufacturers. Headquartered in Milpitas, CA, the company is ISO-9001:2000 and ISO-14001:2004 certified and has offices and operations throughout Asia and Europe to support local business partners and customers. For more information, visit Promise Technology's website at

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate's business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, and to be the low cost producer in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing 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

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