Xyratex is First to Market with 12Gb/s SAS Enabled Storage Solution

     Xyratex is First to Market with 12Gb/s SAS Enabled Storage Solution

Xyratex to demonstrate this advanced storage technology at the Intel Developer
Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, CA, September 10-12

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HAVANT, United Kingdom, Sept. 9, 2013

HAVANT, United Kingdom, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Xyratex Ltd (Nasdaq:
XRTX), a leading provider of data storage technology, today announced the
introduction of 12Gb/s SAS technology into its OneStor™ line of
enterprise-class modular storage enclosures. This industry-first technology
doubles the data transfer speed between the storage enclosure and the host
server, significantly increasing the performance of I/O and bandwidth
intensive applications. The availability of 12Gb/s SAS technology enables
Xyratex's OEM customers to get to market faster with the most advanced storage
solution.

This new technology innovation allows the Xyratex OneStor line to support
12Gb/s SAS EBODs and 12Gb/s host connectivity, which permits a theoretical
maximum I/O bandwidth of 28.8GB/s from SAS hosts to the installed disk drives
in 2U12, 2U24, 4U24 and 5U84 storage enclosures.

"Xyratex has a long history of innovation in OEM data storage, and our OneStor
solutions are top-rated in the OEM marketplace because of their ability to
deliver the best in performance, reliability and value," said Ed Prager,
senior vice president and general manager of OEM Storage Solutions at Xyratex.
"Our 12Gb/s support extends these benefits through the ability to integrate
high-performance flash storage in a seamless manner over the fastest
interconnects and accelerate existing 6Gb/s rotational devices, all within our
standard density and unique high-density enclosures. As technology and the
storage industry both continue to evolve, we'll stay aggressive about
integrating the best in storage value so that our customers are able to
satisfy their most pressing and challenging data center demands."

Xyratex will demonstrate its new 12Gb/s OneStor solution at the IDF to be held
at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, CA, September 10-12. The
IDF demonstration consists of Xyratex's 2U24 12Gb/s SAS enclosure with 12Gb/s
SAS I/O modules utilizing PMC 12Gb/s SAS expanders connected to multiple Intel
PCIe 3.0-based servers installed with LSI 12Gb/s SAS HBAs. The 12Gb/s SAS
enclosure houses twenty-four (24) 12Gb/s SAS Solid State Disks (SSDs) from
contributing participants HGST and Seagate. I/Ometer will run on the attached
servers during demonstration to show I/O performance to/from the installed
SSDs.

"The new Xyratex 12Gb/s solutions, compatible with Seagate 1200 Series SSDs,
bring next-generation levels of performance and reliability to cloud and
enterprise customers," said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing.
"Xyratex's innovative technologies as well as its industry position and
thought leadership make them a key partner in Seagate's Cloud Builder
Alliance."

"HGST has a long history of working with Xyratex, and we are excited about the
announcement of their new 12Gb/s SAS solution as well as their
interoperability with our 12Gb/s SAS Ultrastar^® MLC SSDs," said Brendan
Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST. "We are pleased to be
participating with Xyratex in its demonstration at IDF, which will illustrate
the advantages of 12Gb/s SAS performance, scalability and ease of integration,
along with SSD reliability and efficiency, into new or existing enterprise
storage systems and designs."

"Working closely with key industry ecosystem partners such as Xyratex, LSI has
ramped 12Gb/s SAS solutions to production, allowing customers to take
advantage of the exciting performance and feature advantages 12Gb/s SAS
technology offers," said Robin Wagner, senior director of marketing, LSI.
"12Gb/s SAS is the preferred enterprise interface, helping traditional and
cloud hyperscale datacenter environments contend with massive data growth and
accelerate application performance."

"We're pleased that our 12Gb/s SAS technology, in partnership with Xyratex, is
a part of this first to market announcement for their 12Gb/s SAS enclosure,"
said Kevin Burbank, senior director of product marketing and applications for
PMC's Enterprise Storage Division."The use of PMC's 12Gb/s SAS expanders
within the new Xyratex solution and the demonstration highlights the
advantages of low power consumption, robust signal integrity and high
performance in optimizing the use of 6Gb/s and 12Gb/s SAS SSDs and HDDs."

"STA applauds Xyratex for advancing the implementation of 12Gb/s SAS within
its next generation platforms," said Chris Lyon, executive director of the
SCSI Trade Association. "This technology ensures optimal performance and
efficiency for cloud and enterprise datacenters by doubling I/O storage
performance and alleviating bottlenecks to help manage explosive data
demands."

The OneStor family of data storage systems from Xyratex offers a series of
storage building blocks that end users can deploy in a variety of ways to
accommodate their most demanding storage requirements. In addition to standard
JBODs, these next-generation storage solutions are able to consolidate both
server and storage into a single storage computing platform. This unique
architecture eliminates additional hardware costs, minimizes footprint
requirements, and simplifies cabling and installation, enabling OEMs to
deliver more powerful intelligent storage solutions along with their most
advanced software capabilities directly to end users. For more information,
visit http://www.xyratex.com/products/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 and Corporate
Communications, Xyratex, +1-510-687-5260, brad_driver@xyratex.com, or Jason
Sprenger, For Xyratex, +1-612-327-1886,
jsprenger@gamechangercommunications.com
 
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