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February 22, 2013

Seagate Becomes Corporate Sponsor Member of the OpenStack Foundation and Open Compute Project

To promote open source standards for cloud computing, storage solutions specialist Seagate Technology (News - Alert) has recently become a corporate sponsor member of the OpenStack Foundation and Open Compute Project.

Founded in 1979, Seagate includes a broad portfolio of hard disc drives, solid state drives and solid state hybrid drives. In addition, the company offers an extensive line of retail storage products for consumers and small businesses, along with data recovery services for any brand of hard drive and digital media type.

As part of a collaborative effort to promote open source, Seagate said that it is helping many cloud builders to develop more scalable, customizable solutions using open platforms while reducing operating costs and providing benefits for consumers in the marketplace.

“Today’s explosion of data has forced cloud and big data customers to constantly look for ways to improve their storage infrastructure while lowering their total cost of ownership,” said Scott Horn, Seagate’s vice president of marketing. “As an industry pioneer, Seagate is excited to take the first of a number of industry changing steps in joining the open source community and leveraging our vast knowledge of storage and cloud optimized solutions to help foster the growth of cloud storage solutions.”

Currently, there are more than a 150 companies who are part of OpenStack Foundation and Open Compute Project, and now Seagate will be joining a community to build cloud architecture based on open source software and open standards including Rackspace, Red Hat (News - Alert), AT&T, Cisco, HP, and Dell.

“We are excited to welcome Seagate to the OpenStack community,” said Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation. “Their commitment to open cloud architecture and extensive storage expertise will benefit the whole community. We look forward to advancing the OpenStack mission with the support of Seagate.”

In addition, Seagate will offers its expertise helping to improve open hardware and software systems to take advantage of Seagate’s storage technology.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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