Seagate Ships Its Cheetah(R) 15K.6 Hard Drives for the World's Most Powerful Enterprise Storage Systems

    New systems based on the 450 gigabyte 15K-rpm Cheetah drives will deliver
    record performance, reliability, and dramatic reduction in power

    HANOVER, Germany, March 4 /CNW/ -- CeBit -- Seagate Technology (NYSE:  
STX) announced it will begin shipping its new Cheetah(R) 15K.6 hard drive this
month. Designed for the world's most demanding enterprise storage
environments, the Cheetah 15K.6 drive is Seagate's highest- performance hard
drive ever in a 3.5-inch form factor, with a 28% increase in sustained data
transfer rates compared to previous generations. With this new performance on
tap, the Cheetah 15K.6 drive remarkably consumes significantly less power,
using up to 61% less energy in both idle and operational modes.
    Major OEM system builders including HP are working to design in the new
Cheetah equipped with its leading Fibre Channel interface for HP's SAN storage
systems. "HP's Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA), incorporating Seagate's latest
Cheetah 15K.6 drive, will fulfill the needs of our most demanding customers
running mission-critical business applications," said Kyle Fitze, director,
StorageWorks SAN Marketing, at HP. "The improvements in performance,
reliability, power savings, and capacity will collectively help enable our own
EVA systems to deliver greater overall value to our customers."
    The Cheetah 15K.6 drive also ships in Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), which
has become the mainstream enterprise interface of choice for companies
including Super Micro Computer, Inc. "Many of our customers require top-of-
the-line performance and system efficiency," said Charles Liang, CEO and
president of Supermicro. "Integrating Seagate's Cheetah 15K.6 drive into our
85%+ high-efficiency, earth-friendly SuperServers(TM) and Server Building
Block Solutions(R) delivers not only superior performance, but also power
savings, scalability and significantly reduced TCO."
    About the Cheetah 15K.6 drives
    Using second-generation perpendicular recording technology and available
in capacities of 450GB, 300GB, and 147GB, the new Cheetah 15K.6 drive provides
an unprecedented blend of storage capacity and performance. Add to this the
highest 3.5-inch hard drive reliability in the industry at 1.6 million hours
MTBF (0.55% AFR), a choice of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or Fibre Channel (FC)
interfaces, and a 5-year warranty, and the Cheetah 15K.6 drive becomes the
clear drive of choice for 3.5-inch SAN, NAS, and other transactional
processing and internet applications.
    The Cheetah 15K.6 drive includes Seagate PowerTrim(TM) technology which
dynamically optimizes drive power consumption at all levels of activity. With
PowerTrim(TM) technology, the Cheetah 15K.6 drive delivers the highest
performance in its class without increasing power consumption. The Cheetah
15K.6 drive lowers idle and operational power requirements from its prior
generation - as much as 61% in watts/GB - while increasing overall sustained
data transfer rates by 28% at 164MB/sec.
    For more information about Seagate's Cheetah family of products, visit
    About Seagate
    Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing
of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of applications,
including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and
Branded Solutions. Seagate's business model leverages technology leadership
and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and
quality to its global customers, with the goal of being 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
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    Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks
of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Cheetah
and PowerTrim are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate
Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies in the United States and/or
other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the
property of their respective owners. When referring to hard drive capacity,
one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals
one trillion bytes. Your computer's operating system may use a different
standard of measurement and report a lower capacity. In addition, some of the
listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions, and thus will not
be available for data storage. Quantitative usage examples for various
applications are for illustrative purposes. Actual quantities will vary based
on various factors, including file size, file format, features and application
software. Seagate reserves the right to change, without notice, product
offerings or specifications.

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