Seagate Jumps into Cloud Storage Hardware

Seagate is known for their desktop and server hard disk business. Seagate is looking to expand its sales by offering up cloud storage solution for private cloud. Seagate notes that its plunge into the cloud storage hardware market is a natural progression for the company. Seagate is looking to rebrand itself as a company who builds innovative cloud storage solutions.

In fact, an announcement made by Seagate VP Scott Horn mentions, “We believe windows open at certain times in the market, and this is one of those times.” Horn continues by saying, “The combination of open source, software and what the big cloud services providers are doing [is] creating this ripple effect.”

The focus on cloud at Seagate has birthed a new division within the company. Seagate named the new division CSS which stands for Cloud Systems and Solutions. Jamie Lerner was named president of CSS at Seagate. Lerner notes, “Organizations are looking for cost-effective ways to harness data and create actionable information.” Lerner further explained, “Seagate is bringing an open approach to the Intelligent Information Infrastructure program. We are applying our experience working with cloud service providers worldwide to create systems and solutions that manage next-generation workloads with the scale, performance and economy aligned to business needs.”

Seagate goes on to say that the CSS division will focus on 4 main drivers. Seagate notes these drivers as being integrated high performance computing; scalable, modular components and solutions; custom systems for OEMs; and cloud backup and restoration systems.

Scott Horn went on to comment about the direction of Seagate. He said, “We are great at hard drives and what we do well there we can apply to systems. We see an opportunity to be bigger and more relevant to more people. The company is changing. By the end of the decade we will look like a different company.”