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Industry support will be critical. Seagate is targeting data centers, blade servers and storage arrays. HP, which designs all three, said it supports the move.
"In a consolidated IT environment, our customers need to provide more I/Os in the same rack space while being able to scale to higher I/Os and capacity to meet future growth requirements without increasing their data center space," Jeff Jenkins, acting vice president of Server Storage and Infrastructure, HP Industry Standard Servers, said in a statement.
"The density-optimized HP ProLiant DL server line and the direct attached storage systems can be optimized with 2.5-inch enterprise-class disc drives using future interfaces such as Serial Attached SCSI to enable our customers to receive performance enhancements without the expense of adding more racks or data center floor space," Jenkins added. "HP is pleased to be working with Seagate to drive this new platform forward for our customers."
Adding a second source to the movement may be tricky. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, made up of the combined operations of Hitachi and IBM, competes with Maxtor and Seagate in the enterprise market. A spokesman for Hitachi GST declined to comment on any plans, saying only that the company continues to monitor the market and Seagates actions.
"The plan is for the product to appear in 2004," Kraus said, declining to comment on any specific details on products. A transition from 3.5-inch drives to 2.5-inch drives in the enterprise space will likely take years, he said. Seagate plans to offer the Ultra 320 SCSI interface, Serial Attached SCSI, and a 2G-bit Fibre Channel interface with the drives when theyre available, he said.
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