Seagate Embraces Open Source: Joins the OpenStack Foundation and Open Compute Project

Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:00am EST

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Company Commits to Drive Innovation through Open Source Relationships
CUPERTINO, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), a worldwide leader in storage solutions,
today announced it has become a corporate sponsor member of the OpenStack
Foundation and Open Compute Project as part of a collaborative effort to partner
with industry leaders to define and promote open source standards for cloud
computing. In a show of support, the company will help 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." 

By becoming official members of the OpenStack Foundation and Open Compute
Project, Seagate will be joining a community of more than a 150 companies who
are committed to building cloud architecture based on open source software and
open standards including Rackspace, Red Hat, AT&T, Cisco, HP, and Dell. As a
member of both organizations, Seagate will lend its expertise helping to
optimize open hardware and software systems to take advantage of Seagate`s
storage technology. 

"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."

"As customers venture into the cloud, key factors influencing buying decisions
are choice of architecture and data portability because clients do not want to
be locked into vendors or proprietary architectures," said Dan Iacono, IDC`s
research director for storage in cloud solutions. "Seagate`s commitment to open
communities, such as OpenStack and Open Compute, where people with similar
philosophies about cloud architecture and open source software and hardware
openly collaborate together to develop the best solution possible is only going
to benefit all stakeholders, consumers and the industry in general." 

For more information on Seagate open source initiatives please visit Information on the OpenStack Foundation can be found at and for Open Compute Project at 

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