Adaptec and Maxtor Announce Interoperability of Storage Solutions

Adaptec and Maxtor today announced the interoperability of Maxtor’s Atlas 10K III Ultra160 and Ultra320 SCSI hard disk drives with Adaptec’s DuraStor(TM) external storage solutions for the companies’ worldwide channel partners.

External RAID controller-based storage, which accounted for about 50 percent of the total RAID-based storage market in 2000, is expected to soar to over 75 percent market share by 2005, according to Gartner Dataquest. During the same period, the channel’s share of overall external RAID storage sales is expected to grow from 36 percent to at least 50 percent.

“The time is ripe for Adaptec and Maxtor to leverage a robust product and engineering relationship spanning three SCSI generations to bring the channel external storage products that are affordable, seamlessly interoperable and easy to use,” said Tim Connolly, director of RAID marketing for Adaptec’s Storage Solutions Group. “The qualification of the Maxtor drives underscores both companies’ commitment to providing the channel with leading-edge enterprise storage solutions with strong customer support.”

Adaptec’s DuraStor external storage solutions include a 1U RAID appliance that holds up to two RAID controller cards, a 2U SCSI storage enclosure, and easy-to-use storage management software. The subsystems can easily be scaled to 876 gigabytes by installing up to 12 one-inch drives in a single storage enclosure. The SCSI-to-SCSI DuraStor subsystem supports up to three enclosures to provide nearly 2.7 terabytes of centralized storage, while the Fibre Channel-to-SCSI product supports up to four enclosures to provide as much as 3.5 terabytes of networked storage. The full solution comes with Adaptec’s free one-year on-site service and support plan as well as other upgradeable service options.

Maxtor is the first company to ship an Ultra320 SCSI hard drive, designed for storing and transferring enterprise-class data at burst speeds up to 320 megabytes per second. The Maxtor Atlas 10K III Ultra160 and Ultra320 SCSI disk drives are offered in capacities of 18-, 36-, and 73-gigabytes. The Atlas 10K III family features a 4.5 millisecond seek time and peak sustained data throughput of 55 megabytes per second that sets a new standard of performance for enterprise and workstation drives. Earlier this week Maxtor announced the availability of it’s new Atlas 10K IV drive.

The addition of Maxtor to Adaptec’s growing list of leading hard disk drive vendors is key to Adaptec’s efforts to give end users and resellers more external storage solution choices in the channel. To help drive the growth of enterprise storage, Maxtor and Adaptec are planning a series of joint marketing activities to support qualified products in the channel as well as continued interoperability testing to advance enterprise storage solutions for their worldwide distribution partners.

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