Seagate Announces New Cheetah(R) Hard Drives Engineered to Help Businesses Compete and Thrive in a Challenging Economy

January 13, 2009

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Seagate
(Nasdaq: STX) today announced two new members of its award-winning Cheetah(R)
enterprise-class hard drive family: the Cheetah 15K.7 hard drive and the
Cheetah NS.2 hard drive. Current economic challenges have put even more focus
on reducing spending to ensure long-term business sustainability. For
businesses that have an existing investment based on a standard 3.5-inch
enterprise infrastructure, the new Cheetah drives bolster sustainability
through easy drive/system integration, and provide improved levels of system
performance, capacity, reliability, and lower power consumption.

In support of sustaining the environment, where reduce, reuse and recycle
are keys to this best practice, Cheetah drives reduce power consumption, drive
replacement costs, and costs per GB. Built for 3.5-inch Tier 1 storage
applications, the Cheetah 15K.7 drive and the Cheetah NS.2 drive are the
largest capacity mission-critical drives offered at 600GB, and have the
highest reliability in the industry. The Cheetah 15K.7 drive delivers the
highest performance of any 3.5-inch drive, while the Cheetah NS.2 drive takes
power-savings to the furthest extreme by featuring the lowest power
requirement of any 3.5-inch Tier 1 drive.

Both drives feature 2nd-generation PowerTrim(TM) technology, which
dynamically optimizes drive power consumption at all levels of activity. Using
PowerTrim technology, the Cheetah NS.2 drive provides power savings of over
20% when compared to its prior generation design.

“Seagate recognizes IT budgets are constrained, and these new 3.5-inch
Cheetah drives are aimed directly at helping enable many businesses sensibly
grow and scale as their information needs continue, while at the same time
providing the reliability required to avoid costly interruption or downtime,”
said Sherman Black, senior vice president, Seagate Core HDD Marketing and
Strategy. “While many organizations are making the transition to 2.5-inch
enterprise-class drives which include the Seagate Savvio(R) drive family, 3.5-
inch Cheetah drives are the leading standard for existing enterprise systems.
Seagate remains committed to serving the market with a full lineup of storage
solutions for a broad range of needs and budgets.”

“External storage system OEMs continue to consume the majority of 3.5-inch
performance-optimized HDDs shipped each quarter, whereas server manufacturers
consumed nearly all of the 2.5-inch SFF performance-optimized HDDs that
shipped in 2008,” according to John Rydning, IDC’s research director for hard
disk drives. “Seagate’s new 3.5-inch Cheetah disk drives with up to 600GBs of
capacity will fill a critical need for both its customers and end users
looking to extend the life of existing external storage system platforms.”

“It’s a core tenet of Dell’s philosophy to offer our customers the best
technology and services solutions to meet their needs,” said Praveen Asthana,
director of Dell Storage. “By offering a selection of these new drives from
Seagate, we are able to provide our customers Tier 1 reliability at 600GB
while empowering them to place their own priority on performance and power

The Cheetah 15K.7 and the Cheetah NS.2 drives are the second generation of
Cheetah drives available as Self-Encrypting Drives for designated OEMs,
providing government-grade data security, and instant secure erase for drives
repurposed, reused, recycled, or returned for expired lease, repair or

“Many organizations are considering drive-level security for its
simplicity in helping secure sensitive data through the hardware lifecycle
from initial setup, to upgrade transitions and disposal,” said Eric Ouellet,
Gartner research vice president.

    Cheetah(R) 15K.7 Drive Specifications
    -- Capacity          600, 450, 300GB
    -- Interface         6Gb/s SAS-2.0, 4Gb/s FC
    -- Spindle Speed     15,000 RPM
    -- Seek Time         3.4 ms
    -- Reliability       0.55% AFR / 1.6M hours MTBF
    -- Cache             16MB
    -- Form factor       3.5-inch

    Cheetah(R) NS.2 Drive Specifications
    -- Capacity          600, 450, 300GB
    -- Interface         6Gb/s SAS-2.0 (600 and 450 GB drives), 4Gb/s FC
    -- Spindle Speed     10,000 RPM
    -- Seek Time         3.8 ms
    -- Reliability       0.55% AFR / 1.6M hours MTBF
    -- Cache             16MB
    -- Form factor       3.5-inch

The Cheetah NS.2 drive is available and shipping today.

The Cheetah 15K.7 drive is currently available for OEM qualifications and
will start shipping next quarter to the channel.

About Seagate

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing
of hard disk 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, PowerTrim and Savvio 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. 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.

SOURCE Seagate

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