Adaptec, HP, Seagate to Showcase Serial Attached SCSI with Serial ATA Interface

6/17/2003 - Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADPT), HP (NYSE:HPQ) and Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) will team to debut the Serial Attached SCSI interface working with both Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA disk drives June 18-20 at CeBIT America in New York City.

Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA compatibility will give organizations a new level of flexibility in configuring disk storage for cost and performance in direct-attached and networked storage deployments. The joint demonstration in the SAN Exchange Pavilion, booth 2419, at the Jacob K. Javits Center will highlight the Serial Attached SCSI interface's support for both Serial Attached SCSI drives and Serial ATA drives. Serial Attached SCSI also enables the design of smaller form factor disk drives for high-density computing environments.

"Serial Attached SCSI and small form factor enterprise-class drives will provide scalable speed, decreased power consumption and increased integration flexibility for diverse data needs in a variety of storage system architectures," said John Monroe, a research vice president at Gartner Dataquest.

Serial Attached SCSI - Supporting Transactional and Reference Data
By supporting both Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA disk drives, the Serial Attached SCSI interconnect will let organizations easily deploy and manage disk storage in servers, external storage appliances and networked storage solutions based on the performance and capacity requirements of each data type, such as:

New Flexibility For Deploying and Managing Storage
Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA disk drive compatibility will offer a number of key benefits to system builders, integrators and end users:

Serial Attached SCSI Technical Capabilities
Serial Attached SCSI solutions also will feature:

Industry Leaders Team to Showcase Serial Attached SCSI at CeBIT
"Adaptec, HP and Seagate are working to give customers greater disk drive flexibility in the enterprise," said Jeff Jenkins, acting vice president, Server Storage and Infrastructure, HP Industry Standard Servers. "Serial Attached SCSI offers customers exceptional choice on their price-performance requirements, allowing server and storage customers to choose the technology that fits their specific needs - Serial Attached SCSI for performance and reliability or Serial ATA for cost-effective bulk storage capacity."

Serial Attached SCSI will combine logical SCSI compatibility with new levels of performance, scalability and data availability to meet organizations' growing storage needs and help future-proof their storage investments," said Gary Gentry, Seagate Technology vice president, Business Development and Planning. "Adaptec, HP and Seagate Technology are pleased to be highlighting Serial Attached SCSI interconnect as the ideal choice for both Serial ATA and Serial Attached SCSI disk storage deployments in the enterprise."

Adaptec is pleased to be extending its longstanding product development and engineering relationships with HP and Seagate to develop Serial Attached SCSI solutions and drive early adoption," said Ahmet Houssein, vice president and general manager of Adaptec's Storage Solutions Group. "Our joint demonstration of Serial Attached SCSI/Serial ATA compatibility at CeBIT is a significant milestone in these efforts. The ability to plug both Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA disk drives into the same system will give IT managers, system integrators and original equipment manufacturers unprecedented disk storage flexibility."

About HP
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About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives for Enterprise, PC and Consumer Electronics applications. The Company is committed to 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

About Adaptec
Adaptec Inc. (NASDAQ:ADPT) provides end-to-end storage infrastructure solutions that reliably move, manage and protect critical data and digital content. Adaptec provides software and hardware solutions for storage connectivity and data protection, storage networking and networked storage subsystems to leading OEM and distribution channel partners. Adaptec solutions are in use by enterprises, ISPs, medium and small businesses and consumers worldwide. Adaptec is an S&P Small Cap 600 Index member.

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