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Xyratex Advances Lustre® Initiative, Assumes Ownership of Related Assets



   Xyratex Advances Lustre® Initiative, Assumes Ownership of Related Assets

Xyratex plans to offer Lustre community and ClusterStor™ users significant
value

PR Newswire

HAVANT, United Kingdom, Feb. 19, 2013

HAVANT, United Kingdom, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Xyratex Ltd (Nasdaq:
XRTX), a leading provider of data storage technology, today announced it plans
to advance the global Lustre^® portfolio by supporting the community-oriented
development of Lustre as an open source file system and continuing to work in
conjunction with the broader community to help chart the best path forward for
this key technology. Xyratex has recently acquired the original Lustre
trademark, logo, website and associated intellectual property from Oracle, and
will assume responsibility for providing support to Lustre customers going
forward.

"Lustre is a powerful open source file system, and Xyratex strongly believes
that all members of the Lustre community need to continue to play a part in
the evolution of the code and the benefits it delivers over the long term,"
said Steve Barber, CEO of Xyratex. "We want to ensure that current Lustre
customers get the best possible feature roadmap and support, and we intend to
engage the entire community to advance the Lustre technology. We also
appreciate Oracle's support of Lustre, and their efforts to ensure the
long-term success of the technology."

The Lustre file system, which was first released in 2003, is a client/server
based, distributed architecture designed for large-scale compute and
I/O-intensive, performance-sensitive applications. The Lustre architecture
currently powers six of the top 10 high-performance computing (HPC) clusters
in the world and more than 60 of the 100-largest HPC installations. It has
emerged as a particularly popular choice in the meteorology, simulation, oil
and gas, life science, rich media and finance sectors.

This purchase also gives Xyratex the opportunity to continue to leverage
Lustre and provide more value through its best-of-breed ClusterStor™ family of
scale-out HPC data storage solutions. ClusterStor delivers a new standard in
file system performance, scalability and efficiency, and brings together what
were previously discrete server, network and storage platforms with their own
separate software layers. The results are integrated, modular, scale-out
storage building blocks that enable systems to scale both performance and
capacity while aggressively reducing space, power and administrative overhead.

"Cray has been using Lustre as our primary parallel file system for the past
10 years, and has deployed some of the largest and most successful Lustre
installations in the world with a variety of storage products," said Barry
Bolding, vice president of storage and data management at Cray. "We have
recently worked with Xyratex to deploy successful Lustre installations in the
government, energy, manufacturing and academic markets with the Cray Sonexion
storage system, including the record-breaking NCSA installation running Lustre
at over 1TB/sec. This announcement is another important step for Lustre and
the OpenSFS community, and shows the promising future of the Lustre file
system in supercomputing and Big Data."

"Xyratex' deep knowledge of Lustre, and ability to deploy and support it, has
been critical in helping NCSA bring the Blue Waters system into production and
making a new class of computational and data focused petascale system usable
for our scientific and engineering teams," said Dr. William Kramer, Blue
Waters Deputy Directory at the University of Illinois' National Center for
Supercomputing Application, whose Blue Waters supercomputer is amongst the
fastest and most efficient in the world. "With Xyratex in a leadership role
and continuing to work with the broader community, we have the utmost
confidence that Lustre will continue to produce significant innovation, for
the benefit of computational and data focused communities."

"This strategic move by Xyratex is great news for the worldwide HPC community
and the technical computing industry, because it shows a significant
commitment to the future of Lustre," said Earl Joseph, program vice president
of high-performance systems at IDC. "Xyratex has been an integral member of
the HPC and open-source community, and has worked with many partners in the
community to bring Lustre to end users and deliver tremendous value. With
Xyratex in this role, I'm looking forward to see what's next for Lustre in
terms of innovation and value, especially as we race towards exascale
solutions."

"Our organization is committed to facilitating collaboration and support for
Lustre in the open file system community," said Hugo Falter, director of
European Open File System (EOFS). "Time and time again Xyratex has
demonstrated its commitment to move Lustre forward with the rest of the open
source community and make it more reliable for end users. I have complete
confidence that Xyratex will remain true to this commitment over the long
term."

"OpenSFS actively supports the HPC open source file system community of which
Xyratex is an active Member," said Norm Morse, CEO at OpenSFS.  "This
acquisition gives Xyratex a great opportunity in concert with other members of
the Lustre community to continue the stability needed to ensure Lustre remains
a vital part of HPC going forward.  We look forward to working with Xyratex in
the future."

"Xyratex, through this purchase, puts Lustre into the hands of a company that
is focused on the needs of High Performance Computing, which is a good thing
for the HPC community," said Addison Snell, CEO at Intersect360 Research.
"Over the past few years the community has made significant progress in
addressing these concerns, and Xyratex is well-positioned to facilitate the
continued development and evolution of Lustre in the years ahead."

"Xyratex's knowledge of Lustre, and ability to deploy and support it, is of
tremendous value to the Lustre community," said Tommy Minyard, director of
advanced computing systems at Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). "With
Xyratex continuing to play an active role going forward, we have the utmost
confidence that the Lustre community will continue to produce significant
innovation, for the benefit of everyone."

"Xyratex' acquisition of the Lustre assets secures the trust the community
needs to continue investing in Lustre as a critical data access technology,"
said Peter ffoulkes, research director for servers, virtualization and cloud
computing at 451 Research. "Lustre is an integral component of some of the
fastest and largest data storage systems in production today, a requirement
that is only going to increase as the 'Internet of Things' feeds the
proliferation of 'Big Data' in both private and public cloud environments. As
the largest supplier of OEM data storage offerings, Xyratex has taken a
strategic step to ensure the continued adoption of Lustre as a preferred
solution for the most demanding data storage and access environments."

Xyratex is active and plays an integral role within several Lustre and HPC
community organizations, including: OpenSFS; European Open File System (EOFS);
the Exascale I/O Workgroup (EIOW); and the European Technology Platform for
High Performance Computing (ETP4HPC).

About Xyratex
Xyratex is a leading provider of data storage technology, including modular
solutions for the enterprise data storage industry and hard disk drive (HDD)
capital equipment for the HDD industry. Xyratex enterprise data storage
platforms provide a range of advanced, scalable data storage solutions for the
Original Equipment Manufacturer and High Performance Computing communities. As
the largest capital equipment supplier to the HDD industry, Xyratex enables
disk drive manufacturers and their component suppliers to meet today's
technology and productivity requirements. Xyratex has over 25 years of
experience in research and development relating to disk drives, storage
systems and manufacturing process technology.

Founded in 1994 in an MBO from IBM, and with headquarters in the United
Kingdom, Xyratex has an established global base with R&D and operational
facilities in North America, Asia and Europe.

Lustre is a registered trademark of Xyratex Ltd. Other names may be trademarks
of their respective owners.

 

SOURCE Xyratex Ltd

Website: http://www.xyratex.com
Contact: Brad Driver, Vice President of Investor Relations, +1-510-687-5260,
bdriver@xyratex.com, or Mike Stolz, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances,
+1-952-303-4780, mstolz@xyratex.com
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