Xiotech Acquires Part of Seagate's RandD Operation

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-11-07 Print this article Print

The Colorado-based division is developing new storage architecture designed to scale across multiple systems.

Midrange enterprise storage system provider Xiotech said Nov. 7 that it has acquired Seagate Technology's Advanced Storage Architecture division, which consists of about 100 developers in Colorado Springs, Colo. In the acquisition, Xiotech purchased assets of the ASA business and acquired a license to the associated technology. Financial details of the transaction were not made available.
Seagate, based in Scotts Valley, Calif., is the world's largest hard disk drive maker.
"This is a skunk-works-type operation," Seagate spokesperson Woody Monroy told eWEEK. "They are working on developing a new storage architecture that can scale multiple markets and aggregate storage drives to make them appear [ostensibly through virtualization] as a single peripheral." Click here to read about why the U.S. International Trade Commission are investigating Seagate, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and others for potential patent violations. The Seagate ASA group had been in operation since about 2000 but hadn't brought any of its technologies to market, Monroy told eWEEK. Ellen Lary will serve as the vice president and general manager of this team. Lary, who most recently was a consultant to the Seagate ASA group, became vice president and general manager of Digital Equipment's Storage Product Division in 1996, where she grew the business to $1.9 billion in revenue. After Compaq's acquisition of Digital, she was appointed vice president of Business Critical Storage for Compaq. Steve Sicola, general manager of the Seagate ASA group, will serve as the chief technology officer for Xiotech. Sicola has more than 29 years in the storage industry, was a Compaq Fellow, and was chief technology officer of StorageWorks at Compaq and Digital. "We think that the ASA technology will in time transform the market's perceptions about storage capacity, performance and reliability," said Casey Powell, president and CEO, Xiotech. "In time, we expect the ASA group to provide significant additional revenue to Xiotech." Xiotech, based in Eden Prairie, Minn., is a provider of data storage and data protection products and services to midsize organizations. It makes the Magnitude line of midrange storage solutions that includes Fibre Channel and iSCSI-based SAN (storage area network) systems and a comprehensive set of data protection solutions. Check out eWEEK.com's Storage Center for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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