May 18, 2005

Seagate Wins Annual Five-Star Rating from VARBusiness for Channel Partner Program Excellence; Barracuda Named Top 100 Midmarket Solution

Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) today announced that the Seagate Partner Program has won VARBusiness magazine's annual five-star rating for channel program excellence. Seagate was the only disc drive maker to win the recognition in a field of 300 partner programs evaluated for their channel commitment and innovation. Seagate also stood alone among disc drive manufacturers as the Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 400GB was the only hard drive named to the magazine's list of Top 100 Midmarket Solutions.

The VARBusiness 11th annual survey of North America's top information technology vendors recognized the Seagate Partner Program for a number of innovations including:

* High-powered programs to increase profitability for Seagate channel partners
* A new password-protected, interactive web portal for easy access to new value-added product and marketing information, training sessions and customer support:
* Access to a world-class design service center, used by Seagate's largest OEM partners, at a significant discount to Seagate Partner Program members
* Early access to Seagate's latest hard drive products
* Dedicated pre- and post-sales support for faster access to product, technology and marketing information

Seagate provides its channel partners with a comprehensive suite of products - spanning 97 percent of the hard drive market - and an unprecedented five-year warranty on all internal drives.

"Seagate is pleased that VARBusiness has recognized Seagate for a partner program that excels in helping system builders in their efforts to increase profits, reduce costs, accelerate time-to-market and expand their customer base," said Jeff Loebbaka, vice president of Global Marketing at Seagate. "Make no mistake: Seagate remains committed to bringing its channel partners the industry's most reliable, innovative hard drives and the marketing and support resources they need to deliver high value to their customers."

"We applaud vendors like Seagate for their commitment to delivering business-building programs to their channel partners," says VARBusiness Publisher Robert C. DeMarzo.

Barracuda 7200.8 Hard Drive Named Top 100 Midmarket Product by VARBusiness

In its selection of the Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 400GB Serial ATA hard drive as a Top 100 Midmarket Solution, VARBusiness praised the 7,200-rpm drive for delivering as high as 10,000-rpm performance, but at a lower cost. The Top 100 list recognized products that are simple to install, use and maintain yet deliver the enterprise-class capabilities required by many midmarket companies.

The Barracuda 7200.8, the latest generation in the world's most popular family of desktop PC hard drives, delivers up to 400GB of capacity and Serial ATA Native Command Queuing to increase system performance. Barracuda 7200.8 combines the high performance and capacity perfect for digital video workstations, mainstream PCs, souped-up PC gaming systems, home media PCs and other high-performance PC applications with the quietest operation in the industry.

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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