Seagate Technology has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Chinese search giant Baidu covering the fields of IT, big data analysis and advanced storage system development and implementation.
The pact renews an existing agreement between the two firms signed in September 2014, under which Baidu would give priority to Seagate when selecting storage products and solutions.
In return Seagate agreed to give advanced access to products, services and support to Baidu, as well as assign a dedicated team of engineers to the company.
The cooperation between the two parties builds on this, with Seagate providing double the amount of technical cooperation, and closer links to Baidu for its business needs.
With regard to new products, Baidu will be at the forefront of internet users in China implementing Seagate’s new storage products, and also the two sides will jointly develop customized systems to meet Baidu business needs.
In addition, the procurement model for both companies will be further upgraded to save costs for each side.
Baidu is applying Seagate enterprise drives for its proprietary data center and public cloud platform.
“As the top AI technology enterprise with leading data center technology worldwide, Baidu attached great importance to technology and welcomes innovation and solutions with open arms,” Baidu president Zhang Yaqin said.
“Baidu and Seagate have maintained close relations since 2014, and established close technological cooperation in the field of SMR, cloud storage and Helium hard disk drives. This contributes to the reduction of storage cost and improvement of storage quality as well as enhanced competitiveness for Baidu.”
First published in NetworksAsia