Nov 08, 2004

Seagate Savvio Disc Drives Make the Cut for IBM BladeCenter

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) today announced that IBM has selected Seagate's revolutionary 2.5-inch Savvio enterprise class disc drive for use in its IBM eServer BladeCenter HS20 systems. By using Seagate Savvio drives, BladeCenter HS20 servers are able to take advantage of the enterprise-class, high-duty cycle reliability disk drives and true, full-featured I/O protocol for enterprise-class performance onboard a blade.

IBM BladeCenter HS20 systems are powerful Intel-Xeon based blade servers that deliver uncompromising performance for mission-critical applications. Packed with high availability features, BladeCenter delivers density without sacrificing processor performance and also is highly scalable and modular in design for adding additional storage capacity when needed.

"IBM BladeCenter systems are the ultimate enterprise solutions for getting the maximum high-density processing and scaling power," said Jeff Benck, vice president of eServer BladeCenter. "Now with Seagate's Savvio 2.5-inch drives, our customers can take advantage of having greater storage options and system flexibility with SCSI performance."

"Seagate worked closely with IBM early on to address the need for an onboard storage solution that could enable a small footprint blade system to deliver pure enterprise-class storage for IT professionals who demand nothing less," said Jeff Loebbaka, Seagate vice president of Global Marketing. "Savvio drives fulfilled the need. It features all the enterprise performance and reliability available in Seagate's award-winning Cheetah drives, but packed into a 2.5-inch form factor that uses 70% less space."

IBM will begin shipping Seagate Savvio drives within BladeCenter HS20 systems on November 12. For more information about IBM enterprise storage solutions, visit www.ibm.com. For more information about Seagate and its family of enterprise disc products, visit www.seagate.com.

About IBM eServer BladeCenter
The award-winning IBM eServer BladeCenter family has already seen the fastest sales growth in IBM server history. Unlike other servers, BladeCenter systems collapse the complexity of corporate datacenters by integrating servers, networks, storage and applications in one system. Blades run web sites and email systems, and also attack the most demanding computing tasks such as digital animation, genomic calculations and financial trading.

About Seagate Savvio
Seagate Savvio disc drives are just one of many examples of Seagate's unique capability to deliver leading-edge products across the broadest range of storage markets and applications. From enterprise, PC, mobile and CE markets, using a range of interface choices and multiple form factors, Seagate is best positioned to deliver the widest range of storage solutions that the market demands.

Seagate Savvio disc drives enable a new category of high I/O density storage solutions designed to provide space-constrained Fortune 2000 data centers with higher IOPS (I/O per second) performance in small form factor system configurations with the highest levels of reliability.

Seagate Savvio offers an unmatched combination of features including its smaller size, lower power consumption, fast seek times and the industry's highest reliability. This makes Savvio the ideal storage solution for high I/O density hardware platforms, including new servers, storage arrays and blade servers.

Seagate Savvio is a true enterprise-class drive, designed specifically to meet the demanding requirements of enterprise applications. In addition to its fast 10,000-rpm spin speed and industry sweet-spot capacity choices of 36- and 73-Gbyte capacities, the Savvio disc drive also has an impressive reliability specification of 1.4 million hours MTBF. And unlike MTBF testing for ATA and SATA disc drives based on desktop-environment conditions, Savvio's reliability rating is specified based on testing in a 7/24/365 100% duty cycle enterprise-class workload environment and therefore is ideally suited for meeting the needs of IT professionals challenged by continuing server and storage consolidation.

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. 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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