Seagate in pact with Baidu for storage, archiving and analytics

Storage solutions provider Seagate Technology has formed partnership with Baidu, China’s largest web services firm, in the areas of low-cost online storage, archiving and Big Data analysis.

Under the agreement, Baidu will give priority to Seagate products when considering components for all Baidu servers and storage facilities.

In return Seagate will align with Baidu as a Strategic Customer and give priority to Baidu when providing enterprise storage products and relevant support, a statement from the company said.

Additionally Seagate will maintain a dedicated engineering team for Baidu and supply enterprise capacity and performance products as part of the relationship.

baidu-logoThe agreement also allows for joint research in new technology projects in the areas of Cold Storage, Big Data analysis and Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR), which help Baidu deal with massive volume of data which are accessed, uploaded and stored on a daily basis.

With Big Data analysis, Seagate allows Baidu to examine large amount of various types of data.

Cold Storage refers to data that is less frequently accessed on Cloud Computing platforms and which generally use lower cost storage solutions.

Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) allows data to be squeezed closer together on a disk drive allowing for drives to accommodate up to 25 percent more data per platter without compromising data integrity or reliability.

Wang Jing, senior vice president of Baidu, said, “By establishing the strategic partnership with Seagate and enhancing our collaborations in Cloud Storage and Big Data, we can better address the various challenges of data storage in the Big Data environments, and enhance storage quality, efficiency and reliability.”

According to Seagate, Cloud storage will become a natural trend for storage technology development in the future. Seagate is actively transitioning to the Cloud and sees China as a strategic market for the company, said Rocky Pimentel, Seagate’s president, Global Markets and Customers.

“The Internet industry uses Cloud storage, and Seagate has always paid great attention to and made continuous investments in it. We are looking forward to seamless cooperation with Baidu, working closely to develop China’s Cloud market and associated technologies,” Pimentel added.

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