Nov 02, 1999

Seagate and Agilent Deliver on Promise of Storage Area Networks

Seagate Technology, Inc. and Agilent Technologies, a new company formed from the realignment of Hewlett-Packard Company, today announced operational 2 gigabit-per-second (Gb/s)-capable Fibre Channel products, which will be demonstrated this month at Fall Comdex in Las Vegas. Today's announcement delivers on the Company's promise to deliver higher Fibre Channel bandwidth for enterprise-class storage area network (SAN) devices.

"This new 2Gb/s technology will enable data throughputs on Fibre Channel loops of over 400MB/s," said Sherman Black, vice president of Enterprise Product Line Management for Seagate. "Server applications such as Internet and Intranet access, digitized video and on-line transaction processing have dramatically growing storage and high-speed connectivity requirements. 2Gb/s Fibre Channel connectivity will provide customers with a faster, more efficient, more easily scaleable alternative for delivering data across Storage Area Networks."

"Agilent believes that 2Gb/s Fibre Channel components such as the Tachyon XL2 host adapter and IC, and Seagate's new Cheetah 36LP Fibre Channel disc drive, are ideal for applications that require higher aggregate Fibre Channel bandwidth" said Julian Elliott, general manager for Agilent's Storage Networking Business Unit. "These applications include video processing, 3-D image rendering, and data center functions like back-up and restore." Both companies will be showing working demonstrations in the Fibre Channel Industry Association display area in room N250 of the Las Vegas Convention Center, and in the companies' respective technology suites.

The working demonstrations are based on Seagate's Cheetah 36LP Fibre Channel disc drive and a prototype of Agilent's new HHBA-5220 host adapter, which utilizes the Tachyon XL2 Fibre Channel protocol controller IC, the newest member of the Tachyon family of Fibre Channel ICs. These products are capable of 2Gb/s Fibre Channel operation and represent the next generation of Fibre Channel products. Seagate and Agilent are currently providing beta units to select OEMs.

Agilent and Seagate continue to work closely with industry leaders in the Fibre Channel Industry Association to ensure interoperability and coexistence with 1Gb/s Fibre Channel devices, as well as interoperability with other vendors' new 2Gb/s-capable Fibre Channel devices.

Seagate Cheetah and Barracuda products are the most widely used Enterprise disc drives in the industry. The Cheetah was the industry's first 10,000-rpm product, and has shipped in far greater numbers than any other 10,000-rpm drive. Ninety-nine percent of the installed base of Fibre Channel drives are Seagate


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