Seagate Unveils Cheetah(R) NS - New Mission-Critical Network Storage Hard Drive Optimized for Greater Energy Savings and Capacity

    Leveraging the Acclaimed Cheetah 15K.5 Platform, Cheetah NS Delivers High
    Capacity and Performance With Energy Savings Realized Through Seagate's
    PowerTrim(TM) Technology

    SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., June 19 /CNW/ -- Seagate Technology (NYSE:   STX)
today announced the Cheetah NS hard drive, developed for mission-critical
enterprise network storage applications where the highest available storage
capacity and the lowest power consumption are required. With its combination
of features that include Seagate's PowerTrim(TM) technology optimized for
these environments, the Cheetah NS provides the lowest price-per-gigabyte and
watts-per-gigabyte value for the enterprise.
    Leveraged from the same platform as the 15K-rpm Cheetah 15K.5, the
Cheetah NS is a new 10K-rpm hard drive that delivers best-in-class capacity,
energy savings and performance when compared to standard 3.5-inch form factor
10K-rpm enterprise drives. The Cheetah NS and Cheetah 15K.5 drives provide IT
professionals with a choice in optimizing their enterprise systems for
capacity or performance. Choose the Cheetah 15K.5 for the highest
IOPS-per-gigabyte transactional performance in its class, or the Cheetah NS
for the best capacity and price-per-gigabyte available in mission-critical
enterprise storage.
    The Cheetah NS also features up to 33% more capacity at 400 gigabytes
along with a 33% reduction in power and cooling requirements.  This additional
capacity and reduced cooling profile in the data center means that the Cheetah
NS ultimately delivers the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for a wide
range of mission-critical enterprise network storage applications.

    Storage Growth and Scale Requirements
    According to IDC, disk drive terabyte shipments for data centers are
increasing at a rate of approximately 50% per year on average to meet the
demands of internal business processing and delivery of content to digital
devices and internet users worldwide(1).
    "Data center managers are being asked to support rapid data growth for
their organizations while at the same time improve on metrics such as
responsiveness and power consumption," according to John Rydning, IDC's
research manager for Hard Disk Drives.  "Storage system OEMs will welcome
higher capacity 10,000-rpm disk drives like the Cheetah NS to help their
customers meet these challenging demands."
    "The Cheetah NS, with its energy-saving PowerTrim(TM) technology,
complements Seagate's enterprise drive lineup to provide the high capacity,
reliability, and performance required for network storage," said Sherman
Black, senior vice president and general manager, Seagate Enterprise Compute
business. "From the highest transactional performers that include our Cheetah
15K.5 and Savvio 15K models, to drives built for nearline enterprise storage
such as our Barracuda ES, Seagate continues to deliver the premier storage
solutions for a wide range of enterprise needs."

    Cheetah NS Benefits
    Highest Capacity -- The Cheetah NS provides the highest capacity
available for mission-critical network storage environments.  Using proven
perpendicular recording technology, the Cheetah NS enables 33% more storage
per drive to deliver up to 400GBs.

    Performance -- The Cheetah NS delivers higher IOPS performance when
compared with standard 10K-rpm drives.  With a seek time of 3.9 ms, and
operating at 10K-rpm, random performance is increased by 10% while sequential
performance is improved by as much as 23%.  The Cheetah NS is also available
in the most advanced interfaces, 3Gb/sec Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or 4Gb/sec
Fibre Channel.

    PowerTrim(TM) Energy Efficiency -- Seagate's PowerTrim(TM) technology is
a set of proprietary features that together reduce the Cheetah NS drive's
overall power consumption in the enterprise.  Using PowerTrim(TM) technology,
the Cheetah NS helps energy-constrained data centers maximize efficiency with
power consumption rated as low as eight watts.  The result is a drive that
delivers a best-in-class 34% reduction of power at idle as well as a 33%
reduction in operating power compared to other standard 10K drives.

    Designed for the demanding workloads of the enterprise, the Cheetah NS is
rated with a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) of 1.4 million hours and is
backed by Seagate's trusted five-year warranty.  Seagate is now shipping the
Cheetah NS to leading OEM customers.  The Cheetah NS is expected to be
available to the worldwide distribution channel during the third quarter of

    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, 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

    Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks
of Seagate Technology LLC. Cheetah, Savvio, Barracuda, and PowerTrim are
trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its
affiliated companies. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the
property of their respective owners. One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion
bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. One terabyte, or TB, equals 1,000
gigabytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary
depending on operating environment and formatting.

    (1)  IDC, Worldwide Disk Storage Systems 2006- -2010 Forecast Update:
    as She Goes, Doc #204385, Nov 2006

For further information:

For further information: David Szabados of Seagate Technology LLC, 
+1-831-439-2859, Web Site:

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