Apr 02, 2001

XIOtech First to Offer 11.5-Terabyte Storage Area Network Using Seagate Barracuda 180 Disc Drives

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - Seagate Technology and XIOtech Corporation, a Storage Area Network (SAN) pioneer, today announced that Seagate's 180 gigabyte Barracuda 180 disc drives have been tested, certified and are immediately available for integration with XIOtech's MAGNITUDE SAN. By incorporating Seagate's Barracuda 180 disc drives, a single XIOtech MAGNITUDE SAN's total usable storage capacity increases by more than 150 percent, from 4.6 terabytes (TB) to more than 11.5 TB. This landmark capacity makes the XIOtech MAGNITUDE SAN the largest storage solution available to date using Seagate Barracuda 180 disc drives.

Analysts indicate that between 1 and 2 billion gigabytes of new information is created each year, making scalability and manageability important as the data needs for businesses continue to grow. Due to its virtualized architecture, the XIOtech MAGNITUDE SAN has the unmatched ability to adapt to new disc drives when they are first introduced, so users can take advantage of improvements in capacity and throughput early on.

The 180-gigabyte drives are available in new MAGNITUDE systems and as upgrades for systems already installed by customers. A unique benefit for customers is that they can add the Seagate Barracuda 180 disc drives to their existing MAGNITUDE SAN, utilizing the new drives' entire capacity even while continuing to use older, smaller capacity drives in the same system. This protects customers' current investment in storage and enables the efficient use of all drives purchased.

"While growth is most often positive for an organization, it can also be very challenging," said Dr. David Greenberger, academic director of computing in the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. "Before implementing the XIOtech MAGNITUDE SAN, one of our biggest challenges was keeping up with the storage demands of our 4,500 users. We are now able to purchase storage in step with our users' demands, utilize all disk space with utmost efficiency, and take advantage of leading edge drive technology soon after it's released. It has been a win-win situation from every perspective."

Seagate's Brian Dexheimer, executive vice president, Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Customer Service, said: "Storage infrastructures must easily, quickly and economically scale as business needs dictate. The manner in which the MAGNITUDE SAN adapts to and incorporates the latest and greatest drive technologies makes it one of the most scalable storage platforms available today. And by incorporating Seagate's Barracuda 180 disc drives, the MAGNITUTE SAN's capacity is available at a record low cost-per-gigabyte for enterprise-level applications."

According to Richard Blaschke, executive vice president of marketing at XIOtech, "User demand for greater storage capacity and for faster access to their data has driven the need for innovative storage solutions such as our MAGNITUDE SAN and its virtualized architecture. With the MAGNITUDE, users can easily add more resources while all systems are online, and they can keep total cost of ownership in check. We believe the MAGNITUDE is the best SAN solution for companies who feel their storage will soon be outwrestled by today's capacity-hungry applications like ERP, digital imaging, email, Internet and others."

The XIOtech MAGNITUDE is available today with the Seagate Barracuda 180 hard disc drive option/upgrade directly from XIOtech and its certified distributors and resellers.

About Seagate's Barracuda 180
Seagate's Barracuda 180 is the world's first and only disc drive to store a massive 180 gigabytes of information. The Barracuda 180 delivers a record low-cost per gigabyte for enterprise-class systems. Seagate disc drives serve as the backbone of the Internet and are also well-suited for all critical storage applications such as data warehousing, e-commerce, data mining, and audio/video.

The XIOtech MAGNITUDE conforms to open systems standards and incorporates all SAN components into one centralized configuration: a high-performance storage controller, SAN management software, and up to 64 disc drives, or 11.5 terabytes of storage. The MAGNITUDE is the only SAN designed from the ground up to include a virtualized storage architecture. XIOtech's Real-time Data Intelligence (REDI) architecture aggregates all physical drive spindles within a MAGNITUDE into one virtual pool. The result is a SAN that scales easily to accommodate growing storage needs. The MAGNITUDE uniquely protects a customer's current investment as new technologies can co-exist with legacy components.

About XIOtech
XIOtech Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Seagate, designs, manufactures and markets complete Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions tailored to the information storage needs of its customers. The XIOtech MAGNITUDE SAN is based on XIOtech's exclusive Real-Time Data Intelligence (REDI) Storage Architecture, which was the first in the industry to incorporate storage virtualization. The MAGNITUDE, along with the company's comprehensive suite of application-specific software, makes storing, managing, safeguarding and retrieving data on heterogeneous computing platforms easy and cost-effective. Founded in 1995, the company's growing list of customers include Fortune 2000 firms in the fields of finance, insurance, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, education, government, e-commerce and imaging. XIOtech is an active participant in the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) through its parent company Seagate, which is a voting member. For more information, visit XIOtech's Web site at www.xiotech.com, call (952) 983-3000, or email info@xiotech.com.

About Seagate
Seagate is the world's leading provider of storage technology for Internet, business and consumer applications. The Company's products include disc drives for the Enterprise, PCs and Consumer Electronics, as well as Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions and Server Appliances. Seagate's market leadership is based on 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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