Xyratex Introduces ClusterStor™ 1500, Bringing Leading-Edge Scale-Out Storage Technology to the Mid-Range of HPC and Big Data

Xyratex Introduces ClusterStor™ 1500, Bringing Leading-Edge Scale-Out Storage
       Technology to the Mid-Range of HPC and Big Data Storage Markets

Best-in-class data storage system offers departments unique ClusterStor
architecture with performance, availability, reliability and manageability
benefits

PR Newswire

HAVANT, United Kingdom, May 9, 2013

HAVANT, United Kingdom, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Xyratex Ltd (NASDAQ:
XRTX), a leading provider of data storage technology, today introduced the
ClusterStor™ 1500 – an affordable, high-performance storage offering designed
for the mid-range of the HPC storage market. ClusterStor 1500 is the latest
addition to the industry-leading, award-winning ClusterStor family of data
storage solutions for HPC and Big Data, and is now available for order.

A significant driver of growth in the overall HPC market is coming from the
growing class of users that are adopting x86-based Linux compute clusters to
run their digital simulation applications in parallel, utilizing ever greater
compute power to solve complex problems sooner. This transition is happening
across a wide range of industries, as simulation technology replaces
traditional physical experimentation. The adoption of such clusters is
creating a growing performance gap between the capabilities of the compute on
one side and what the traditional storage systems can actually deliver on the
other. This growing class of users requires department-level clusters
encompassing several racks of compute and network infrastructure – and the
kind of HPC storage solution that hasn't been available in the market, until
now.

"Departments within larger organizations or medium-sized enterprises today,
especially in the commercial, academic and government sectors, represent an
underserved market. They need high-performance and scalable storage solutions
that are cost-efficient, easy to deploy and manage and reliable even under
heavy workloads," said Ken Claffey, senior vice president of the ClusterStor
business at Xyratex. "Growth in this market segment is being driven by the
increasing adoption of simulation applications in a wide range of industries
from car and aircraft design to chemical interactions and financial modeling.
Traditional enterprise storage systems are simply not designed to meet the
performance needs of these applications, so we engineered and built the
affordable and modular ClusterStor 1500 to bring the performance power of
Lustre^® to this underserved and growing market in the way that only
ClusterStor can."

ClusterStor 1500 is the newest member of theClusterStor family of scale-out
HPC storage solutions that delivers break-through industry performance and
efficiency. ClusterStor 1500 features include:

  oA unique architecture that brings together what were previously discrete
    server, network and storage platforms with their own separate software
    layers into a single integrated, modular, scale-out storage building
    block. This innovative approach enables the system to scale both
    performance and capacity while reducing administrative overhead.
  oReduced hardware complexity with increased reliability, availability and
    serviceability.
  oThe ability to scale performance from 1.25GB/s to 110GB/s and raw capacity
    from 42TB to 7.3PB.
  oThe Lustre file system, the industry's most scalable and proven high
    performance open source parallel file system.
  oSimplified deployment in hours, not weeks, allowing users to be productive
    and realize the value from their investment immediately.
  oProactive and comprehensive storage solution support, including assistance
    with setup, installation and performance optimization.
  oClusterStor Manager, a comprehensive system management application that
    consolidates management of the entire storage cluster infrastructure, RAID
    data protection layer, operating system and Lustre into a
    single-pane-of-glass, easy-to-use administrator interface.

"While HPC is most closely associated with Supercomputing, the second-largest
segment of revenue in the overall HPC market (at roughly one-fourth of the
whole) is department-level users. Their data storage challenges are
significant and growing in importance as they move forward," said Earl Joseph,
program vice president of high-performance systems at IDC. "With the unique
scale-out storage technology that is ClusterStor, Xyratex has solved many of
the data storage challenges for some of the largest and most challenging
deployments in the world. Xyratex and ClusterStor are well-positioned to do
the same for the departmental segment of the HPC and Big Data markets."

"Trends in computation and Big Data have introduced HPC technologies to a
wider variety of use cases, but introducing computation isn't enough. Even
modest HPC clusters in genomic, energy exploration, digital manufacturing
simulation or data analytics can drive large and growing amounts of data, and
these use cases need adoptable, high-performance data management solutions to
go with their compute clusters," said Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect360
Research. "By packaging the performance and scalability characteristics of
supercomputing-class data management into a more affordable and deployable
form factor, the ClusterStor 1500 is well-positioned to lead the way in this
market and to help usher in even more market demand and growth."

"Today Lustre hasa significantmarket shareamong the Top 100, however it
becomes less prevalent in utilization beyond the Top 100," said Hugo
Falter,COO of the ParTec Cluster Competence Center, GmbH and director of
European Open File Systems (EOFS). "The introduction of the ClusterStor 1500
is an excellent vehicle for Lustre to have a stronger foothold in the Top 500
and mainstream markets that require a more scalable and resilient file system
and, as a result, effectively grow the Lustre Community."

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.



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