IBM Offers Significant Improvements in Storage Technology

Widest range of capacities, richest set of interfaces, improved performance and lower power consumption in a low-profile drive

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San Jose, Calif. - 24 Oct 2000: IBM today announced the 10,000 RPM Ultrastar 73LZX hard disk drive -- delivering industry-leading performance, reliability and storage capacity. The new server drives will enable customers to meet the needs of storage-intensive applications from digital video editing to e-commerce.

IBM has improved the performance of the Ultrastar drives by increasing the speed of the processor by 20 percent and read/write channel by 50 percent, reduced idle power by 20 percent and doubled interface speeds to 320 megabytes per second (Mbps) over the previous IBM 10K drives. The Ultrastar 73LZX server drive will support the Ultra320 SCSI and Ultra160 SCSI interfaces, as well as the two-gigabit per second (Gb/s) and 1Gb/s Fibre Channel interfaces.

IBM's fifth generation of 10K RPM hard disk drives, with 73 gigabytes (GB) of storage capacity, will hold about 36.5 million pages of text. A single one-inch-thick Ultrastar 73LZX can store an amount equivalent to a single stack of pages of text as tall as Mount Fuji (12,389 ft.). With data transfer rates of up to 320 MBps, the new drives offer improved speed, reliability and performance. Evaluation units will be available in the first quarter of 2001.

"Ultrastar 73LZX reaffirms our commitment to provide the best storage solutions to our customers," said Bill Healy, vice president of IBM's Storage Technology Division. "Today's storage-intense businesses can meet their high demands with our latest hard disk drives."

IBM is working with Agilent Technologies to qualify Agilent's 2Gb/s Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) for use with its family of Ultrastar drives, providing customers the highest speeds of interoperability between servers and shared storage devices. Operating at extremely high speeds with the 2Gb/s Fibre Channel is particularly beneficial to data-intensive applications where high sequential bandwidth is required, such as broadband communications and video streaming.

"IBM is a driving force in the enterprise storage market and is leading the charge to 2Gb/s SAN solutions," said Bob Whitson, worldwide marketing manager for Agilent Storage Networking Division. "This qualification opens up a significant 2Gb/s connection option for server and storage OEMs. We look forward to working with IBM to create more high-performance options for the SAN market."