May 19, 2003

Seagate Unveils Plans For 2.5-Inch Enterprise Disc Drive Platform

IT managers are being challenged to increase their levels of enterprise storage performance and reliability while using less data center space. Seagate today announced an unprecedented strategy to address this need -- a new 2.5-inch enterprise disc drive platform. Systems built around these small enterprise-class disc drives will provide data centers with unparalleled levels of IOPS (input/outputs per second) performance in a smaller system space compared to what's being delivered today. For example, a 2U rack storage array with 2.5-inch drives will be able to outperform today's common 3U rack storage arrays by nearly 140% on an IOPS-per-U basis while providing equal or greater storage capacity.

The enterprise-class 2.5-inch disc drive platform is a result of extensive research into end-user IT challenges and close collaboration with other technology leaders like HP, Intel and Microsoft, and is targeted directly at server and storage consolidation needs. The 2.5-inch enterprise disc drive platform will enable a new era of rack server and storage arrays and blade servers including: 1U rack RAID 5 enterprise servers, storage dense 2U rack storage arrays, and new blade servers capable of new levels of IOPS performance with the highest reliability. The enterprise 2.5-inch disc drive platform will be produced for the current versions of Fibre Channel and SCSI, as well as Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), the latest evolution of SCSI that promises greatly improved performance, reliability and availability, as well as scalability for the growing needs of the enterprise.

"In a consolidated IT environment, our customers need to provide more I/O's in the same rack space while being able to scale to higher I/O's and capacity to meet future growth requirements without increasing their data center space," said Jeff Jenkins, acting vice president, Server Storage and Infrastructure, HP Industry Standard Servers. "The density-optimized HP ProLiant DL server line and the direct attached storage systems can be optimized with 2.5-inch enterprise-class disc drives using future interfaces such as Serial Attached SCSI to enable our customers to receive performance enhancements without the expense of adding more racks or data-center floor space. HP is pleased to be working with Seagate to drive this new platform forward for our customers."

The 2.5-inch enterprise disc drive platform effort leverages Seagate's technology leadership. Seagate was the first to deliver 7,200 RPM, 10K RPM and 15K RPM disc drive platforms that enabled generations of 3.5-inch disc drive storage solutions for OEM customers. Likewise, industry analysts and customers are looking forward to the added benefits that the 2.5-inch enterprise disc drive platform will deliver.

"IT professionals require space-saving, high-performance storage solutions to meet the challenges of server and storage consolidation," said Dave Reinsel, IDC hard drive research manager. "The 2.5-inch enterprise disc drive platform will be a good fit for an industry desiring innovative storage consolidation solutions offered by many of Seagate's OEM customers."

"The advantage of using 2.5-inch enterprise class drives is clear - smaller drives draw less power and are easier to cool for rack dense highly reliable server and storage solutions," said Ned Thanhouser, marketing director, Intel Enterprise Products and Services Division. "The use of these drives will help allow the use of Intel's most advanced and powerful processors to deliver new levels of I/O performance in the smallest system footprint possible."

"We've seen a substantial increase in the number of corporations looking to consolidate their file servers onto Microsoft Windows Powered Network Attached Storage (NAS) because of the high reliability, scalability and availability features it provides," said Claude Lorenson, product manager with the Enterprise Storage Division at Microsoft. "Microsoft supports the development of technologies that improve storage consolidation in hardware as they lower TCO for customers using Windows Powered NAS for replication, management and restoration of mission-critical data."

Seagate intends to deliver its first enterprise-class solutions based on the 2.5-inch disc drive platform in 2004. For more information about Seagate's 2.5-inch disc drive platform, visit the Technology section on Seagate's web site at http://www.seagate.com/newsinfo/technology/smallformfactor/index.html

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