Reinforcing its position as the disc drive
industry’s leading provider of innovative storage products and technologies,
Seagate today introduced Savvio, the world’s first family of 2.5-inch
enterprise-class disc drives. Savvio disc drives enable a new category of high
I/O density storage solutions designed to provide space-constrained Fortune 2000
data centers with higher IOPS (I/O per second) performance in small form factor
system configurations with the highest levels of reliability. Savvio was
unveiled publicly today at the Intel Developer Forum and is being showcased in
live operational demos all week at Seagate’s booth #402.

Savvio is a true enterprise-class drive, designed specifically to meet the
demanding requirements of enterprise applications. In addition to its fast
10,000 rpm spin speed, the Savvio disc drive has an impressive reliability
specification of 1.4 million hours MTBF. And unlike MTBF testing for ATA and
SATA disc drives based on desktop-environment conditions, Savvio’s reliability
rating is specified based on testing in a 7/24/365 100% duty cycle
enterprise-class workload environment and therefore is ideally suited for
meeting the needs of IT professionals challenged by continuing server and
storage consolidation. Savvio 2.5-inch, 10,000 rpm disc drives offer a number of
advantages over 10,000 rpm 3.5-inch drives including: size (70% smaller); weight
(1.12 lbs less); power (40% lower); drive seek time (15% faster); interface (3
options – Fibre Channel, Ultra320 SCSI and SAS); and reliability (1.4 million
hour MTBF). These advantages translate into system level benefits never before
seen in a 10K drive.

Reinforcing its position as the disc drive
industry’s leading provider of innovative storage products and technologies,
Seagate today introduced Savvio, the world’s first family of 2.5-inch
enterprise-class disc drives. Savvio disc drives enable a new category of high
I/O density storage solutions designed to provide space-constrained Fortune 2000
data centers with higher IOPS (I/O per second) performance in small form factor
system configurations with the highest levels of reliability. Savvio was
unveiled publicly today at the Intel Developer Forum and is being showcased in
live operational demos all week at Seagate’s booth #402.

"The Seagate Savvio 2.5-inch enterprise disc drive provides HP design
flexibility in creating higher-density, smaller form factor servers and modular
storage arrays," said Paul Perez, vice president of storage, networks and
infrastructure, Industry Standard Servers, HP. "Fortune 2000 customers are
continually demanding higher levels of density and performance from
rack-optimized products. Combining the smaller 2.5-inch disc drive size with the
expandable Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface allows HP to deliver the highest
performance density in the storage and server markets."

Savvio disc drives are the latest example of Seagate’s unique capability to
deliver leading edge products across the broadest range of storage markets and
applications. These include enterprise, PC, mobile and CE markets, using legacy
parallel ATA and SCSI as well as market leading serial interfaces (SATA, SAS and
FC) and multiple form factors, including traditional 3.5-inch and now 2.5-inch
mobile and new enterprise-class form factors. The Savvio disc drive’s unmatched
combination of features including its smaller size, lower power consumption,
fast seek time and the industry’s highest reliability, make it the ideal storage
solution for high I/O density hardware platforms, including new servers, storage
arrays and blade servers.

Savvio is a true enterprise-class drive, designed specifically to meet the
demanding requirements of enterprise applications. In addition to its fast
10,000 rpm spin speed, the Savvio disc drive has an impressive reliability
specification of 1.4 million hours MTBF. And unlike MTBF testing for ATA and
SATA disc drives based on desktop-environment conditions, Savvio’s reliability
rating is specified based on testing in a 7/24/365 100% duty cycle
enterprise-class workload environment and therefore is ideally suited for
meeting the needs of IT professionals challenged by continuing server and
storage consolidation.

The Industry Shift to the 2.5-inch Enterprise Standard
Seagate examined end-user IT challenges and determined that server storage
consolidation as well as reducing data center space were significant priorities
that required further attention at the enterprise level. Seagate initiated the
move to the 2.5-inch platform as a solution to these challenges and formally
announced this move in May of 2003 with the support of HP, Intel, Microsoft and
others. Seagate’s leadership and commitment to R & D and product engineering
ultimately provided Seagate with the leverage and unique position to capitalize
on its investments and ultimately create the Savvio disc drive.

"Space and power are increasingly regarded as corporate assets that must be
managed and preserved, and more and more users are demanding that servers and
storage systems take up less physical space and consume less power," said John
Monroe, a research vice president at Gartner. "New breeds of 2.5-inch
high-performance drives will enable evolving enterprise systems to deliver
enhanced speed and reliability while reducing power and space requirements. The
shift to a new enterprise HDD form factor is inevitable and inescapable. Gartner
predicts that 2.5-inch enterprise-class drives will be the predominant HDD form
factor in multi-user environments in 2007."

The Savvio disc drive’s small size makes possible the creation of
mission-critical, smaller footprint servers that can deliver 50% more IOPS on an
IOPS/U basis over today’s servers with 3.5-inch enterprise drives.

The drive’s form factor accelerates hardware consolidation and improves storage
array performance. Today, 3U storage racks address up to 70% of the market
demand. Tomorrow, reduced-footprint Savvio-enabled storage arrays would allow
70% more IOPS in a smaller space than many existing arrays, or 150% more IOPS/U.
For those designing blade servers, Savvio disc drives enable high duty cycle
enterprise-class computing on each individual server blade. Savvio-enabled blade
servers provide significantly more IOPS-per-blade at higher levels of
reliability while increasing the server’s scalability and flexibility.

Savvio Disc Drive Details
Savvio 2.5-inch, 10,000 rpm disc drives offer a number of advantages over 10,000
rpm 3.5-inch drives including: size (70% smaller); weight (1.12 lbs less); power
(40% lower); drive seek time (15% faster); interface (3 options – Fibre Channel,
Ultra320 SCSI and SAS); and reliability (1.4 million hour MTBF). These
advantages translate into system level benefits never before seen in a 10K
drive.

Savvio drives were built to accommodate the grueling, rapid-fire data access
brought forth in transactional environments. Rather than just being a repository
for application data, storage is becoming an enabler of the real-time
enterprise. The rising deployment of business intelligence, OLTP (online
transaction processing), STP (straight-through processing) and other
transaction-intensive applications like decision support systems and Microsoft
Server Exchange is putting a premium on rapid information transfer, access and
retrieval.