Mar 02, 2005

Seagate Leads the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Transition; Unveils SAS System Launch Program

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Seagate (NYSE: STX) today announced its new SAS System Launch Program (SSLP) designed to support the industry transition from legacy parallel SCSI to trusted Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage solutions. Adaptec, nStor, and Xyratex are the first SAS solution providers to join Seagate's SSLP. Finisar Corporation's Medusa Labs Group, an organization specializing in the testing and training of storage networking protocols such as SAS, SATA, and Fibre Channel, will collaborate with Seagate on the SSLP with its Pre-Qualification Testing Program to support multi-vendor SAS solutions. Together, Seagate and these leading companies will deliver fully tested and validated SAS solutions to the marketplace helping ensure a smooth transition to the next standard in enterprise storage.

The storage solutions under the SSLP will undergo a set of test suites to monitor product functionality, SAS protocol compliance, stability, data integrity, and performance while being performed in optimal and error-induced states. The SSLP's product testing will enable participating customers to deliver fully-compatible SAS solutions built on Seagate's reliable SAS disc drives including the Cheetah 15K.4 and Savvio 10K.1. Finisar's Medusa Labs will conduct qualification tests to verify proper functionality and operation between all SAS components. Error and recovery work will verify that the products are up to par for the heaviest enterprise application and workloads.

"Finisar's Medusa Labs understands the importance of verifying vendor solutions so that customers can be assured of getting the highest degree of quality and reliability built into their SAS solutions," said Kevin Cornell, senior vice president and general manager Finisar Network Tools and Finisar's Medusa Labs. "With Seagate providing the foundation of future SAS storage solutions and its collaboration with Finisar's Medusa Labs, we will help assure IT professionals that SSLP-verified products can be trusted right out of the gate."

"Companies such as Adaptec, nStor and Xyratex are the first to join Seagate in leading the industry to the future of SCSI storage. Together, we are sending a signal to the industry that we are committed to producing world-class SAS-based storage solutions that the enterprise is demanding," said Henry Fabian, Seagate executive director of Global Product Marketing. "We applaud those companies and look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationships with them and others to lead the SAS market adoption."

"We are pleased to be working with Seagate in this important industry transition from Ultra 320 to Serial Attached SCSI," said Linus Wong, director of Strategic Marketing at Adaptec. "SSLP is an excellent vehicle to help drive the adoption of SAS by ensuring customer confidence through tested storage solutions."

"nStor is pleased to be collaborating with an industry leader such as Seagate," said Guy Carbonneau, chief technical advisor for nStor, "Together we are committed to providing leading SAS technology products that reduce the cost and complexity of purchasing, deploying and managing of storage systems."

"Xyratex stands behind the rigorous design testing assurance that the SSLP provides and the message it sends to the market that SAS is ready to replace legacy SCSI storage solutions," said Steve Thompson, chief technology officer at Xyratex. "SAS stems from over two decades of field-proven SCSI engineering and Xyratex looks forward to working with Seagate to deliver world-class SAS storage solutions to the enterprise."

Participating SSLP companies will begin shipping SAS storage solutions as early as April. Seagate began shipping qualification SAS drives to OEMs in November 2004. The SSLP is open to system vendors that are working on SAS-based storage. Interested vendors may contact Franco Castaldini at franco.c.castaldini@seagate.com for further information.

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, Desktop, Mobile Computing, and Consumer Electronics applications. 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 www.seagate.com.

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.

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