Seagate(R) Barracuda(R) ES.2 Hard Drive With SAS-Interface Tops New SPC Component Benchmarks

    Seagate assists IT managers with real-world TCO analysis to choose the
    storage systems

    SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 15 /CNW/ -- Seagate (Nasdaq:   STX) today
announced a series of SPC-1C(TM) and SPC-2C(TM) benchmark results that
represent the first component-level measurements by SPC and one of its
participating members, and the results showed impressive performance for the
Seagate Barracuda ES.2 1TB SAS hard drive. This Tier 2 nearline drive emerged
as the leader in both benchmarks when put to the test against a number of
competitor's drives [1, 2]. The benchmarks, aimed at measuring and reporting
both random transactional and sequential performance data in real- world
environments, help system integrators estimate storage component performance.
    The Storage Performance Council's latest SPC-1C and SPC-2C benchmarks
allow storage component vendors such as Seagate to produce audited benchmark
results using the same workloads as SPC-1 and SPC-2 but at a component level,
ranging from a single storage device to a small subsystem of 24 devices or
less. It is highly anticipated that the industry standard SPC-1C and SPC-2C
will follow in the path of SPC-1 and SPC-2 as the premier industry-wide
standard benchmarks for measuring storage components.
    "The SPC congratulates Seagate on taking a leadership role in releasing
the first set of SPC-1C and SPC-2C benchmark results," said Walter E. Baker,
Administrator and Auditor for the Storage Performance Council. "As IT budgets
face continued constraint, but application client demands continue to soar,
SPC-1C and SPC-2C tests will undoubtedly become increasingly important to the
entire industry."
    In SPC-1C tests that primarily simulate real-world online transaction
processing, the Seagate Barracuda ES.2 SAS hard drive was pitted against
products from Hitachi, Samsung, and WD. The results showed that the Seagate
Barracuda ES.2 hard drive was the only drive capable of achieving 184.37 SPC-
1C IOPS(TM), with the nearest competitor reaching just 170.04 SPC-1C IOPS, and
the poorest performer achieving only 119.44 SPC-1C IOPS. In real-world
applications where running hundreds or thousands of drives is common, these
differences ultimately measure up to significant cost savings.
    In the dramatic results of the SPC-2C tests, which measure sequential
performance across a range of environments, the Seagate Barracuda ES.2 hard
drive set a new benchmark standard by delivering 38% greater performance than
the nearest competitor and nearly doubled (93%) the performance set by the
competing Hitachi drive.
    "We're especially proud to lead the industry with these new, audited SPC
component benchmark results because they clearly show that Seagate's SAS
storage solutions are an ideal pathway to best deliver and serve the needs of
IT professionals who may be evaluating SAS vs. SATA in their own enterprise
storage environments," said Sherman Black, senior vice president, Marketing
and Strategy Core Products Group. "Delivering continued value and easing
integration for our customers is critical, and no company is more focused than
Seagate on ensuring that IT professionals will obtain that as well as
industry-leading I/O performance, reliability, and data integrity for the life
of their storage system."
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    About the SPC
    The SPC is a non-profit corporation founded to define, standardize and
promote storage product benchmarks and to disseminate objective, verifiable
performance data to the computer industry and its customers. SPC membership is
open to all companies, academic institutions and individuals. Every SPC result
has been both audited and peer reviewed for compliance to ensure consistency
and accuracy. For a complete list of SPC benchmark results, visit the SPC
website at
    About Seagate
    Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing
of hard disk drives and storage solutions, 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 time-to-market leader 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.
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in USA. Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered
trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other
countries. Barracuda is either a trademark or registered trademark 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. Seagate reserves the right to change, without
notice, product offerings or specifications.
    [1] SPC-1C:

    Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000640SS:
    Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS:
    Hitachi Ultrastar A7K1000:
    Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ:
    Western Digital WD RE2-GP:
    [2] SPC-2C:

    Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000640SS:
    Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS:
    Hitachi Ultrastar A7K1000:
    Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ:
    Western Digital WD RE2-GP:

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

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