Xyratex Qualifies Arista Switches, Enabling New Storage Interoperability

   Xyratex Qualifies Arista Switches, Enabling New Storage Interoperability

Compatibility delivers more access to low-latency, fast, dense storage value
for users in media and entertainment industry

PR Newswire

HAVANT, United Kingdom, June 26, 2013

HAVANT, United Kingdom, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Xyratex Ltd (Nasdaq:
XRTX), a leading provider of data storage technology, today announced that it
has qualified the Arista Networks 7050 Series of network switches for use with
its ClusterStorâ„¢ family of scale-out high-performance computing (HPC) storage
solutions. The selection of Arista's solutions is due to their high
performance, low latency and industry-best buffer capacity - all critical
attributes for data storage systems in the media and entertainment (M&E) and
cloud industries. This new interoperability means more access to low-latency,
fast, dense storage value for users.

For example, in the M&E industry today, competitive viability among
organizations requires continued reduction in time to production while
simultaneously managing enormous increases in digital content processing.
Higher-resolution imaging standards, 3D technology and computer generated
imagery (CGI) have led to exponential increases in data creation and the need
for high-performance, scalable storage systems and network fabrics to store,
process and manage all of that data.

"Scaling storage and server resources horizontally, especially within the
media and entertainment market, requires high density, 10/40 GbE networking
technologies," said Ed Chapman, vice president of business development at
Arista Networks. "The Arista 7050 Series of data center switches provides a
perfect complement to Xyratex's ClustorStor HPC storage solutions as users
have the option of picking either speed, or combinations thereof depending on
their needs. We are pleased to be working with Xyratex on these cutting-edge

"As the top-performing HPC scale-out storage leader with appliance-like ease
of use, ClusterStor delivers the performance and capacity scale needed to
satisfy M&E's most intense digital content processing and rendering demands,"
said Todd Gresham, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Xyratex.
"When you combine ClusterStor with hundreds or thousands of application
servers supporting 10GbE and 40GbE connections over Arista-enabled high-speed
networks, organizations now are able to regain control of escalating digital
content processing costs and mitigate potential impact to project timelines."

ClusterStor enables several capabilities to solve challenges that M&E users
face today. Its scale-out storage architecture can scale performance and
capacity in direct proportion to the number of servers, from dozens to tens of
thousands, enabling ultra-fast, massively parallel rendering and production
with up to 90 petabytes in a single namespace. It delivers a long-term active
archive with nearline instantaneous file retrieval, so users can access
content they need immediately and in a more reliable and accessible way. In
addition, its low-latency, high-throughput video streaming capability can
handle the sizable data workloads users are generating today, and then some.

Arista's network technologies provide users high-density network fabric scale
with flexibility to meet compute and storage cluster deployment requirements.
The Arista 7050 Series is a product line of 1RU 10GbE and 40GbE wire speed
multilayer switches powered by the Arista EOS, the world's most advanced
network operating system. Among other features, the switches offer:

  oDense virtualization, big data processing and storage in a flat two-tier
    Leaf/Spine design
  oNon-blocking wire speed forwarding at both L2 and L3, up to 1.28 Tbps and
    960 Mpps, Latency: 800ns-1200ns
  oDensity: 16 ports of 40GbE (Spine switch), 64 ports of 10GbE (top of rack
  oLow latency: from 800ns to 1200ns
  oLow power usage, less than two watts per port

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, Tel: +1
(510) 687-5260, Email: bdriver@xyratex.com, Jason Sprenger; On behalf of
Xyratex, Tel: +1 (612) 327-1886, Email:
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