Seagate Ships Half-Terabyte Nearline-Ready SATA Drives to the Channel
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.—10 January 2006— Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) today announced the availability of its latest NL35 Series SATA disc drives to the worldwide distribution channel. With a half-terabyte (500GBs) of capacity, the latest NL35 Series SATA disc drive provides the bulk storage necessary for cost-effective nearline RAID storage in the enterprise. The NL35 Series SATA drives are optimized for tasks such as data management, backup/recovery and fixed content storage.
"Seagate is seeing that the opportunities for the nearline business are moving into a cycle of high demand, a trend that IDC also recently affirmed when they stated the market for high-capacity, low-cost storage was primed for significant growth," said Sherman Black, Seagate senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Storage. "As a result, the timing for entry of our NL35 Series product - and especially our new 500GB model - couldn't be better. Nearline is moving from a small niche segment to what's becoming an explosive growth opportunity in the enterprise line."
NL35 Series SATA - Nearline Ready
Seagate NL35 Series SATA disc drives are unique in the enterprise world, providing the reliability and integration benefits needed for nearline RAID applications like disc-to-disc backup, archive, and tiered storage.
These features include: Workload Management, Error Recovery Control, One-Step Microcode Download, and Write-Same technology. They work together to perform a range of tasks from monitoring and managing each drive for reliability optimization, to streamlining error recovery, to simplifying multi-drive field upgrades, and more. Seagate understands the importance of workload, reliability, and integration ease for serving the needs of modern IT professionals.
About the NL35 Nearline Family
With both Fibre Channel and SATA interfaces, Seagate's RAID-friendly NL35 Series family is uniquely positioned to serve in the nearline and secondary storage space for Serial ATA (SATA), Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Fibre Channel-based enterprise infrastructures. The NL35 Series Fibre Channel drive is optimized for use within networked Fibre Channel enterprise systems, while the NL35 Series SATA is the ideal solution for seamless integration within direct-attached environments using SATA or SAS. Only Seagate has fully addressed the varied and unique demands of both of these spaces and has the industry's broadest product line of disc drives for the enterprise.
The NL35 Series SATA is a solid nearline-ready drive that enables enterprises to meet their storage performance and capacity requirements by allowing the combination of SAS and SATA drives together within the same SAS infrastructure. Hundreds or thousands of NL35 Series SATA drives can be deployed and managed within a single SAS domain, enabling highly scalable, cost-effective storage solutions for capacity-intensive nearline applications. The applications for nearline storage include: disc to disc backup/storage recovery, virtual tape backup/storage recovery, fixed content-addressed storage for image and document management, and lower-tiered storage of regulatory compliance or other business data. Seagate's NL35 Series facilitates faster, more reliable backup/recovery for systems at lower overall cost versus traditional tape systems.
NL35 Series SATA Details
With 250GB, 400GB, and now 500GB capacities, the NL35 Series SATA disc drive delivers increased storage capacity density and lowers the cost-per-gigabyte for nearline and secondary storage applications. Using the industry's most rigorous nearline MTBF test-bed script and applications, Seagate's NL35 Series SATA meets the rigorous requirements of nearline workloads. The NL35 Series SATA drives also includes other advanced features such as 16 MB cache, and Native Command Queuing (NCQ). NL35 Series SATA drives at 500GBs also are offered with a 3.0Gb/sec SATA inferface.
NL35 Series and the Tiered Storage Knowledge Center
Seagate's Tiered Storage Knowledge Center delivers expert advice on the best way to optimize storage infrastructures. With the cost, complexity and variety of storage on the rise, it's getting more difficult to design a storage model that can satisfy all the necessary storage requirements. Using the correct tiered storage solution can make all the difference. Seagate NL35 Series SATA and Seagate Cheetah 15K.4 SAS disc drives are an ideal combination for tiered storage.
For more information about the Seagate NL35 Series family and learning how to optimize your storage infrastructure, visit the Seagate Tiered Storage Knowledge Center at http://tieredstorage.seagate.com. For more information about Seagate enterprise solutions, visit www.seagate.com.
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, and Consumer Electronics applications. 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 was named 2006 Company of the Year by Forbes Magazine. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.
Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. NL35 Series and Cheetah are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. When referring to drive capacity one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one megabyte, or MB, equals one million bytes. Accessible capacity may vary depending on operating environment and formatting.
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