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

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Seagate Technology

    SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. and EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., April 2 /PRNewswire/ --
 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.
 
     About XIOtech's MAGNITUDE SAN
     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.
     NOTE:  Seagate, Seagate Technology and Barracuda are registered trademarks
 of Seagate Technology LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their
 respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Seagate Technology
    SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. and EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., April 2 /PRNewswire/ --
 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.
 
     About XIOtech's MAGNITUDE SAN
     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.
     NOTE:  Seagate, Seagate Technology and Barracuda are registered trademarks
 of Seagate Technology LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their
 respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Seagate Technology