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

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

    Company Commits to Drive Innovation through Open Source Relationships

Business Wire

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- February 20, 2013

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

“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

“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

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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