Dec 13, 2005

Seagate Supports Storage Performance Council SPC-2 Benchmark

Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX) today announced its support of the Storage Performance Council (SPC) SPC-2(tm) benchmark specification, designed to measure and report sequential I/O (bandwidth) performance data. In addition, each SPC-2 benchmark result will disclose the total storage capacity configured as well as the total three-year cost of ownership including 24-hour/7 day, 4-hour response support. The results will help IT managers and integrators estimate a system's Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), including the "performance" cost per megabyte, over time in real-world applications.

Many of the top OEMs that submit systems to the SPC for benchmarking also equip those systems with award-winning Seagate 15K Cheetah disc drives.

The Storage Performance Council's SPC-1(tm) benchmark is the current industry-standard for measuring storage products in predominately random I/O environments. It is anticipated that SPC-2 will become the industry-standard for measuring storage products in sequential I/O environments that encompass three distinct types of applications: Large File Processing (CAD/CAM, scientific/seismic applications, etc.), Large Database Query (data warehousing, data mining, etc.), and Video on Demand. In summary, the SPC-audited results are intended to demonstrate and validate storage products' inband performance, as well as TCO over a three-year period.

"SPC-2 benchmark results will provide information that allows a company such as Seagate to demonstrate the advantages of their enterprise-class disc drives for environments where the cost per megabyte tied to sequential I/O (bandwidth) performance is the most important metric for determining the best-suited system for customers to choose," said Walter E. Baker, administrator and auditor for the Storage Performance Council. "The types of applications the systems will be used for range from large-scale financial processing or large database queries for data mining or business intelligence, to video entertainment provided to a community of subscribers drawn from a digital film library."

"The SPC's efforts have been critical for identifying and building its series of vendor neutral benchmarks for storage subsystems that are based on the needs of the applications of customers," said Sherman Black, senior vice president and general manager, Seagate Enterprise Storage. "The new SPC-2 benchmark will deliver even greater value to IT Managers that need to ensure that they can deliver the best balance of I/O performance and reliability within budget over the life of the system."

Seagate's Cheetah family of disc drives continue to have the highest reliability rating in the industry coupled with award-winning performance. They are available in leading SCSI, Serial Attached SCSI and Fibre Channel interfaces for a wide range of system integration options. For more information about Seagate's family of disc drive products, visit For more information about the Storage Performance Council, visit

About the SPC
The SPC is a non-profit corporation founded to define, standardize and promote storage product benchmarks and to disseminate objective, verifiable performance data to the computer industry and its customers. SPC membership is open to all companies, academic institutions and individuals. Every SPC result has been both audited and peer reviewed for compliance to ensure consistency and accuracy. For a complete list of SPC benchmark results, visit the SPC website at

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

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