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Seagate Supports Latest Version of Microsoft’s Open Cloud Server

Will include new performance enhancements and expand the management software code provided to the open source community

Seagate announced support for Microsoft’s Open Cloud Server specification version 2. The specification will include new performance enhancements and expand the management software code provided to the open source community, including new deployment and diagnostics functions.

The enhanced specification will also simplify deployment while enabling greater flexibility and lowering implementation costs.

“Enterprises today want the business advantages and economic models of cloud computing, but current cloud infrastructures must evolve to keep up with these growing demands,” said Wes Perdue, Seagate’s director of global cloud storage. “Open software and hardware architectures are critical to the evolution of cloud computing, and that’s why we are committed to working with Microsoft to optimize data storage devices to support the latest version of Open CloudServer.”

“We’re excited about the industry momentum that’s gathering behind the Open Compute Project, and how our partners are supporting the Open CloudServer v2 design in their product roadmaps,” said Kushagra Vaid, General Manager of the Cloud Server Infrastructure Group at Microsoft. “Seagate is a critical partner in our efforts to deliver high-performance, cost-effective server designs that the entire industry can consume, and in so doing reap the benefits of cloud computing.”

Open CloudServer version 2 will allow for improvements to storage solutions now while enabling changes to match the dynamic cloud environment. The specification will help optimize storage solutions for large, web-scale deployments by allowing for greater flexibility while reducing complexitiy. Costs of storage solutions can also be reduced through the elimination of cabling as the power management is distributed through the backplane. These improvements are part of an ongoing movement towards optimization in cost, performance and implementation of cloud infrastructures.

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