Seagate(R) Introduces Constellation(TM): All-Star Enterprise Hard Drives With the World's Highest Capacity and Power Efficiency

    The Constellation family includes 2.5-inch nearline hard drive with
lowest enterprise power consumption and record-setting 3.5-inch 7200-rpm 2TB
hard drive for nearline Tier 2 enterprise applications

    SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Seagate (Nasdaq:  
STX) today introduced its Constellation(TM) family of new enterprise storage
solutions for Tier 2 nearline storage applications. The two new drive models,
the 2.5-inch Constellation and the 3.5-inch Constellation ES hard drives,
include a combination of features that enable high capacities, increased power
efficiency, enterprise-class reliability, and data security. Both drives also
include PowerChoice(TM) from Seagate, which decreases power consumption by up
to 54% for record power savings in enterprise environments.

    "The need for greater storage capacity will continue to expand in
multiple directions and dimensions, but there will be an increasing scrutiny
of all storage system purchases, with an eye to decreasing power consumption,
footprint, and cost per GB in unprecedented ways," said John Monroe, a
research vice president at Gartner. "Performance will not be ignored, but a
flexible balance of capacity, cost per GB, power and speed will become more
crucial in fulfilling end-user storage demands at varied price points."

    The Constellation 2.5-inch hard drive is offered in capacities of 160GB
and 500GB with both 3 Gbps SATA and new SAS 2.0 interface running at 6Gb/s
speeds. As the first SAS 2.0 nearline drive, the Constellation hard drive
enables larger external storage topologies, 100% faster data throughput and
higher signal strength over greater distances - dramatically increasing
storage scalability. The Constellation family will begin shipping this

    "Dell recognizes that increased capacity and high-reliability are key to
enabling further adoption of small form factor storage within the enterprise.
With new capacities, small form factor drives afford customers performance and
power gains within the same rack space," said Praveen Asthana, director of
Dell Storage. "As an industry-leader in storage, Dell is pleased to partner
with Seagate and be one of the first companies to offer the Constellation
family of drives to our customers."

    Constellation ES
    The 3.5-inch Constellation ES hard drive will be available in 500GB, 1TB
and 2TB capacities, and with an enterprise-class SAS interface as well as a
SATA version, and provides best-in-class capacity and performance. As the
world's only 7200-rpm 3.5-inch hard drive providing up to 2TB of storage, the
record-setting capacity of Constellation ES hard drives are ideal for 3.5-inch
based external storage architectures. With Constellation ES hard drives,
customers don't have to sacrifice performance in order to gain the highest
capacities. The Constellation ES hard drive will ship in calendar Q3.

    "Xyratex continues to work closely with Seagate to advance storage system
innovation to meet both the performance and capacity-based market
requirements," said Todd Gresham, executive vice president and general manager
of the Networked Storage Solutions Division for Xyratex. The new Constellation
family of products compliments Xyratex's philosophy of delivering
cost-effective enterprise-class, energy efficient storage solutions that help
provide our customers the long-term investment protection they demand."

    With Seagate's innovative PowerChoice technology, both Constellation hard
drive models deliver the highest power-reduction savings ever offered in an
enterprise-class HDD, and provide flexible, user-manageable options to deliver
power savings without sacrificing performance, data integrity, or reliability.
In addition, the Constellation family of drives are backed with field-proven,
enterprise-grade reliability and rated at a full 1.2 million hours MTBF.

    Delivering on Seagate's commitment to add security features throughout
its product portfolio, the Constellation family of drives are offered with
optional self-encrypting drive (SED) technology and provide government-grade
data security through the drive's life cycle. SED technology makes drive
retirement and disposal easy by eliminating the need for the numerous manual
processes involved which are often incomplete, complex, expensive, or prone to
error. For critical information that must remain secure, and because all
systems are eventually retired, whether being relocated, re-purposed, or
disposed of, the information on a Constellation SED hard drive remains

    Seagate Unified Storage(TM) architecture delivers long-term business
    Historically, the variety of drive interfaces, form factors and now,
security solutions, can add complexity and increase costs for both IT
professionals and OEMs. Making the wrong choice today creates storage islands
in the data center with no easy path for upgrades - further complicating an
already complex environment. The Seagate Unified Storage architecture
converges best-of-breed technologies (Serial Attached SCSI, Small Form Factor
and Self-Encrypting Drives) into a foundation for powerful yet simple storage
that boosts business and operational efficiency while reducing cost and

    The Seagate Unified Storage architecture delivers a storage foundation
for companies that are proactively ensuring the long-term sustainability of
their business through best-in-class IT practices. Companies will avoid the
risk of impacting their own product quality, competitiveness, or profitability
when their storage system infrastructure and data center footprint is
optimized across power, cooling and performance density. Because the role of
small form factor drives are important to the long-term efficiency and
sustainability of any data center enterprise, Seagate will be extending this
component into all tiers of its Unified Storage architecture in the future.

    "With tightening IT budgets, Seagate is committed to delivering
enterprise-class nearline storage solutions that ensure business
sustainability by optimizing resources, reducing environment, energy or social
impact and satisfying customer requirements without compromising performance,"
said Sherman Black, senior vice president, Seagate Core Marketing and
Strategy. "These new Constellation HDDs provide business continuity in the
data center by offering the highest capacities, the lowest power, and the
latest in enterprise-class data integrity with SAS 2.0 and AES
government-grade encryption."

    For more information about the Constellation family of drives, in
addition to Seagate's other enterprise storage solutions, visit

    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.
Seagate can be found around the globe and at

    Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks
of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries.
Constellation, PowerChoice and Unified Storage 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. Seagate reserves the right to change, without notice, product
offerings or specifications.


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