Xyratex Enters Into Strategic Relationship with AMD to Create Solutions Tailored for Apache Hadoop and Object Storage

   Xyratex Enters Into Strategic Relationship with AMD to Create Solutions
                Tailored for Apache Hadoop and Object Storage

Top-rated Storage Technology from Xyratex with AMD's SeaMicro SM15000™ Server
Creates Ultra-Dense, Power-Efficient Solution

PR Newswire

HAVANT, United Kingdom, April 3, 2013

HAVANT, United Kingdom, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Xyratex Ltd (Nasdaq:
XRTX), a leading provider of data storage technology, today announced that
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) has chosen Xyratex as a strategic
supplier. AMD selected the Xyratex OneStor™ Modular Enclosure as one of the
building blocks for its big data and storage intensive solutions and optimized
the SeaMicro SM15000™ server to provide more than five petabytes of storage
capacity in two racks for big data applications such as Hadoop and Object
Storage. The combination of Xyratex and AMD products delivers an ultra-dense,
high performance platform that eliminates excess hardware costs and cabling
while simplifying installation and minimizing footprint requirements.

"SeaMicro SM15000 server with the Freedom Fabric Storage solution is known in
the market for its superior computing efficiency and storage density, as well
as the lowest total cost of ownership," said Dhiraj Mallick, Corporate Vice
President and General Manager of Data Center Server Solutions at AMD. "With
the combination of the SM15000 and the Xyratex OneStor data storage product,
we have a winning solution that is unmatched in storage density and
capacity."

The OneStor™ family of data storage systems from Xyratex offers a series of
storage building blocks end users can deploy in a variety of ways to
accommodate their most demanding storage requirements. These next-generation
storage solutions consolidate server storage requirements into a single
storage computing platform. This unique architecture eliminates additional
hardware costs, minimizes footprint requirements and simplifies cabling and
installation, enabling partners to deliver more fully integrated, powerful and
intelligent storage solutions.

"This tight integration of the SM15000 server and Xyratex storage into a
solution will boost performance, make deployment easier, simplify management
and lower operating costs, enabling AMD's customers to achieve their goals
faster and cheaper than previously possible," said Todd Gresham, senior vice
president of sales and marketing at Xyratex. "This relationship is the most
recent success in our strategic plan to partner with leading companies to
create market-leading solutions. We look forward to working with AMD on this
exciting offering and building a successful collaboration that delivers
innovative, quality server and storage solutions for this fast-growing
market."

"Users today are increasingly demanding scale-out data storage and server
architectures that pack as much performance, value and scalability into as
small an area as possible, because this is the emerging formula for minimizing
operating expenses and achieving the lowest total cost of ownership," said
Ashish Nadkarni, research director of storage software at IDC. "The
partnership between AMD and Xyratex is a natural one, and will address this
growing market nicely – both companies are very good at packing big value into
a dense space, and their technologies complement one another well."

AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 system is the highest-density, most energy-efficient
server in the market. In 10 rack units, it links 512 compute cores, 160
gigabits of I/O networking, more than five petabytes of storage with a 1.28
terabyte high-performance supercompute fabric, called Freedom™ Fabric. The
SM15000 server eliminates top-of-rack switches, terminal servers, hundreds of
cables and thousands of unnecessary components for a more efficient and simple
operational environment.

AMD's SeaMicro server product family currently supports the next generation
AMD Opteron™ processor, Intel® Xeon® E3-1260L ("Sandy Bridge") and E3-1265Lv2
("Ivy Bridge"), Intel® Atom™ N570processors. The SeaMicro SM15000 server also
supports the Freedom Fabric storage products, enabling a single system to
connect with more than five petabytes of storage capacity. This approach
delivers the benefits of expensive and complex solutions such as Network
Attached Storage (NAS) and Storage Area Networking (SAN) with the simplicity
and low cost of direct attached storage.

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.

SOURCE Xyratex Ltd

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