DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- 19 June 2011 -- Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX), the worldwide leader in hard drives and storage solutions, has partnered with Redington Gulf, the Middle East's leading supply chain solution and service provider, to distribute its award-winning portfolio of retail products in the region. Redington Gulf will distribute Seagate's GoFlex® and Expansion™ ranges of external hard drives and the company's BlackArmor® network attached storage solutions for small and medium enterprises across the region.
Sofocles Socratous, Seagate's sales director for the Middle East, said, "Teaming up with a distributor as well-entrenched as Redington Gulf is a strategic move in this high growth market. Redington's strong business relationships, its in-country infrastructure and its impressive network of offices and warehouses will help strengthen our reach within the Middle East. The continued growth in demand for digital storage by consumers and businesses, presents a significant window of opportunity for us. This partnership is a great fit given Redington's experience of successfully working with global technology brands."
Ashish Bharti, senior vice president (IT Volume ME Business), Redington Gulf, said, "Partnering with Seagate provides us with a great opportunity to reinforce our commitment to our customers by bringing them world-class storage products. Seagate has a strong local sales and marketing team on the ground in the Middle East, and we look forward to working with them. Seagate's range of retail products covers the spectrum of users' needs whether they are in the home, on the move or at work."
The Middle East market for hard drives is estimated to be worth around US$380 million a year with retail products accounting for a quarter of total sales.
Seagate's GoFlex storage solutions are the next evolution of the company's award-winning FreeAgent® external hard drives in capacities up to 3TB. This family of external drives and accessories introduces a new level of flexibility to traditional external storage that is changing the way people store, access, enjoy and share their digital content. The FreeAgent GoFlex storage family includes easy, plug-and-play portable and desktop drives, with an array of interchangeable cables and desktop adapters that allow each drive to adapt to the interface or device being used. GoFlex hard disk drives are also specially designed to provide interoperability between operating systems in order to work with both Microsoft® Windows® and Mac® OS X computers.
Seagate's BlackArmor network attached storage (NAS) solutions are for small and medium enterprises and offer up to 12 terabytes of storage. The BlackArmor family combines hardware, software and services to provide optimum uptime and data integrity to ensure business continuity. It is designed to meet the needs of small businesses and home offices and is scalable as the business grows. BlackArmor product offerings include network-attached, workstation, and portable storage solutions. With features like automated full-system backup, bare metal restore, individual file to entire volume encryption, and secure remote access Seagate's BlackArmor family of storage delivers enhanced data protection.
Press release posted on: Jun 19 2011