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Maxtor Develops Storage Systems Based on iSCSI and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Technology with EqualLogic

  • 25 September, 2003 08:57

<p>SAS Drives extend the I/O Performance of PeerStorage Architecture</p>
<p>SYDNEY, September 25, 2003 - Maxtor Corporation (NYSE: MXO) and EqualLogic Inc. announced today plans to develop storage systems based on iSCSI and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology.</p>
<p>Working in partnership with EqualLogicTM Inc, Maxtor is performing disk drive testing services for the integration of EqualLogic’s PeerStorageTM arrays with Maxtor® MaXLine™ Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives in the PeerStorage development process and is also supporting EqualLogic’s development of storage systems based on SAS technology. The companies will cooperate in product planning and development activities for the new systems, including the exchange of prototype Maxtor SAS disk drives and EqualLogic storage systems to facilitate compatibility testing processes.</p>
<p>“By 2006, iSCSI will connect approximately 1.2 million servers to Storage Area Networks, more than any other technology,” said James Opfer, research vice president at Gartner. “iSCSI lowers the entry costs for deploying storage area networks making SANs more attractive for mid size companies and remote offices that cannot afford the specialised support required to maintain a fibre channel SAN. The combination of Serial Attached SCSI and iSCSI will provide cost and configuration flexibility that is compelling to these customers.”</p>
<p>EqualLogic also plans to integrate the SAS interface into its line of PeerStorage arrays. Adding the SAS interface to its line of storage arrays will extend the I/O performance of the architecture by providing support for high-performance, dual-port SAS disk drives.</p>
<p>“We are pleased to be working with EqualLogic on the development of storage systems based on the Serial Attached SCSI interface,” said Mike Wingert, executive vice president and general manager of Maxtor’s Server Products Group. “Serial Attached SCSI offers a new level of flexibility in configuring storage systems. EqualLogic’s PeerStorage arrays will combine this flexibility with the benefits of iSCSI and its self-managing PeerStorage architecture to simplify storage management.”</p>
<p>SAS is the next generation enterprise disk interface that enables one storage system to use both high-performance, dual-port SAS drives and cost-effective, high-capacity SATA drives. SAS enables a common storage enclosure to serve as a universal building block for constructing a data center’s storage infrastructure. SAS enclosures can be configured with SATA drives for applications requiring the maximum capacity at the best cost or SAS drives for the highest transactional performance.</p>
<p>EqualLogic’s PeerStorage arrays utilise the industry standard iSCSI protocol to leverage the economies of scale and simplicity of Ethernet technology.</p>
<p>“iSCSI combined with Serial Attached SCSI will simplify storage management by minimising the number of unique components in the data center,” said Peter Hayden, executive vice president of business development for EqualLogic. “Our partnership with Maxtor supports our overall goal of reducing the complexity of installing and managing a company’s storage infrastructure.”</p>
<p>For more information about EqualLogic’s PeerStorage architecture, please refer to EqualLogic’s website at <http:>. To learn more about Serial Attached SCSI, please go to the Maxtor website at:
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<p>About EqualLogic, Inc.
PeerStorage solutions from EqualLogic Inc. deliver the benefits of consolidated storage in a modular, self-managing, IP-based storage area network that is affordable and easy to use, regardless of scale. By eliminating complex tasks and enabling fast and flexible storage provisioning, PeerStorage solutions dramatically reduce acquisition and ongoing operational costs and make enterprise class shared block storage practical for the mid-range storage market. EqualLogic is based in Nashua, NH. For more information visit <http:></http:> or <http:></http:></p>
<p>About Maxtor Corporation
Maxtor Corporation (www.maxtor.com) is one of the world’s leading suppliers of information storage solutions. The company has an expansive line of storage products for desktop computers, storage systems, high-performance servers and consumer electronics. Maxtor has a reputation as a proven market leader built by consistently providing high-quality products and service and support for its customers. Maxtor and its products can be found at www.maxstore.com or by calling toll-free (800) 2-MAXTOR. Maxtor is traded on the NYSE under the MXO symbol.</p>
<p>Note: Maxtor is a registered trademark, and MaXLine is a trademark, of Maxtor Corporation. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.</p>
<p>This announcement relating to Maxtor may contain forward-looking statements concerning future technology, products incorporating that technology, and Maxtor’s execution. These statements are based on current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties which could materially affect the company’s results, including, but not limited to, market demand for hard disk drives, integration of the company’s products with products produced by others, the company’s ability to execute future production ramps and utilize manufacturing assets efficiently, pricing, competition, and the significant uncertainty of market acceptance of new products. These and other risk factors are contained in documents that the company files with the SEC, including the Form 10-K for fiscal 2002 and its recent 10-Qs. Maxtor is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any responsibility to update or alter, its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.</p>
<p>For further information please contact:</p>
<p>Craig Davis Fiona Martin
Maxtor Australia Max Australia
Phone: (02)-9369-3662 Phone: (02)-9954-3492
Email: craig_davis@maxtor.com Email: fiona.martin@maxaustralia.com.au</p>

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