Xyratex Enhances ClusterStor™ Operating System, Unlocks More Value for Scale-Out HPC Storage

    Xyratex Enhances ClusterStor™ Operating System, Unlocks More Value for
                            Scale-Out HPC Storage

Software version 1.3 delivers significant added versatility and value from new
performance, capacity, management and security capabilities

PR Newswire

HAVANT, United Kingdom, June 18, 2013

HAVANT, United Kingdom, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Xyratex Ltd (Nasdaq:
XRTX), a leading provider of data storage technology, today announced that it
has released version 1.3 of the operating system software for its
industry-leading ClusterStor™ 6000 high-performance computing (HPC) storage
solution. The enhancements in the new version will deliver added performance,
capacity, security and fault tolerance to customers, making an
industry-leading storage solution even more versatile and powerful.

Specifically, the new enhancements usher in:

  oThe introduction of an expansion storage unit (ESU). The ESU is an
    optional building block that expands the number of drives of a single
    scalable storage unit (SSU) from 84 to 168, providing higher capacity
    scale-out increments. This allows ClusterStor 6000 users the flexibility
    to scale-out their performance linearly at much higher capacity ratios.
  oSupport of 4TB SAS disk drives within ClusterStor storage systems,
    enabling even higher capacity with the same blazing-fast performance. The
    ClusterStor 6000 now can provide up to 256TB of usable file system
    capacity in a single SSU with 4TB drives, or up to 512TB of usable file
    system capacity in an SSU-ESU pair.
  oEnhanced security and performance through: a new hardware-assisted CRC-32
    feature that leverages Intel^® Xeon^® processor instruction sets on each
    SSU embedded server module to ensure data integrity over clustered data
    storage networks and drive a substantial boost to system performance
    through increased efficiency; and additional compatibility with additional
    user authentication systems.
  oImproved file performance with the introduction of wide stripe, which
    increases the number of SSUs and ESUs a single file system or individual
    file can span. Wide striping expands the number of SSUs and ESUs from 40
    (160 object storage targets) to 500 (2000 object storage targets).
  oHigher availability for ClusterStor Manager. The fault tolerance in
    ClusterStor management services is enhanced through automated failover
    capabilities which ensure the survival of storage cluster management
    services even in the event of a management node failing.

"We're confident that these significant enhancements will only add to the
market leadership of our ClusterStor data storage systems, and the tremendous
value users receive from them," said Ken Claffey, senior vice president of the
ClusterStor business at Xyratex. "Today, in collaboration with our partners,
we're helping end users achieve best-in-class performance, reliability and
availability – including implementing the fastest data storage system in the
world. Now we can offer users even more performance, improved scalability,
security and fault tolerance."

"By using the performance-enhancing instruction sets built into the Intel Xeon
processor such as in the CRC-32 function, Xyratex was able to add this key
data integrity feature to their product and provide a significantly higher
level of performance over what could be achieved without taking advantage of
the processor's capabilities," said Bev Crair, general manager of the storage
division at Intel.

"Xyratex has made a significant investment in delivering ClusterStor to the
benefit of end users, and with software version 1.3 of the ClusterStor
operating system to make the systems even more powerful and easier to use,"
said Peter ffoulkes, research director for servers, virtualization and cloud
computing at 451 Research. "Xyratex has once again proved itself as a storage
technology provider that is increasingly relevant to HPC and Big Data users,
because of its ability to deliver market-leading capabilities and value at a
compelling price."

ClusterStor delivers a new standard in file system performance, scalability
and efficiency. Its unique scale-out clustered file system architecture brings
together what were previously discrete server, network and storage platforms
with their own separate software layers, into a single integrated high
performance data storage solution. This innovative approach enables the
solution to scale both performance and capacity while aggressively reducing
space, power and administrative overhead.

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, Xyratex,
+1-510-687-5260, bdriver@xyratex.com, Jason Sprenger For Xyratex,
+1-612-327-1886, jsprenger@gamechangercommunications.com
 
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