Xyratex Announces ClusterStor™ 9000

                     Xyratex Announces ClusterStor™ 9000

ClusterStor™ 9000 engineered to be 50% faster than previous ClusterStor
generations optimized for performance, reliability, and efficiency.

PR Newswire

DENVER, Nov. 19, 2013

DENVER, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Xyratex Ltd (Nasdaq: XRTX), a leading
provider of data storage technology, today announced the newest member of the
ClusterStor family of HPC and Big Data engineered storage solutions – the
ClusterStor 9000. The ClusterStor 9000 dramatically raises the bar in terms of
both performance and efficiency, delivering up to 50% more performance in the
same rack space compared to previous ClusterStor generations including
currently available 1500 and 6000 models. This market leading efficiency not
only provides improved performance but also enables customers to benefit from
reduced space, power and administrative costs, up to 60% better than
competitive solutions. The ClusterStor 9000 also includes a number of
significant Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS) enhancements
that improves ease of deployment and system availability to meet the demands
of business-critical applications in industries such as Oil and Gas, Financial
Services, Genomics, Intelligence, and more. The ClusterStor 9000 will be
available through our partners in mid 2014.

Since its release in June 2011, ClusterStor solutions have delivered a new
standard in filesystem throughput and storage performance, scalability, and
reliability. The innovative and industry proven ClusterStor architecture,
which consolidates previously separate server, network components and storage
platforms, each with their own discrete software layers, into a tightly
integrated modular building block known as a scalable storage unit (SSU),
allows customers to linearly scale environment performance non-disruptively
from 9 gigabytes per second (GB/s) to over a 1.5 terabytes per second (TB/s)
while delivering unmatched efficiency in throughput and cost reduction. This
unique architecture is common across the ClusterStor family and is key to
alleviating the storage I/O bottleneck, the common choke point in HPC
systems. The ClusterStor 9000 yields over 60GB/s per rack making it 50%
faster than the ClusterStor 6000, released in 2012. "We believe that while
performance is always going to a key part of what HPC and Big Data is about,
more and more our customers are concerned with the productivity of their
infrastructure. We started out to address the very real need of breaking the
storage I/O bottleneck, as we identified that legacy systems could simply not
meet the performance demands of ever-growing compute clusters. By delivering a
truly engineered system that harness the world's leading parallel file system
to create a storage solution that is performance optimized, yet easy to
deploy, manage and scale, we firmly establish ourselves as the storage
performance leaders. Now with the ClusterStor 9000 we are not only
dramatically raising the bar once again in terms of performance efficiency and
scalability but we are also providing a range of productivity tools that
enables greater resiliency to failures at scale both minimizing downtime and
improving ease of management which directly translates into improved
productivity not only of your storage but also your entire HPC infrastructure
investment. Simply put, we are putting the 'Productivity' into HPC Storage,''
said Ken Claffey, senior vice president & general manager of the ClusterStor
business at Xyratex.

"With the industry's emphasis on scalable systems for Big Data, a lot of
companies are coming out with claims of faster I/O performance. What's
noteworthy about the Xyratex ClusterStor 9000 announcement is that it goes
beyond a dramatic generational improvement in performance and scalability to
discuss how that performance can be used effectively to streamline an
enterprise's existing workflow," said Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect 360
Research.

"The acceptance and adoption of ClusterStor since its market introduction is a
testament to the experience and stability that comes with a solution provider
such as Xyratex," said Earl Joseph, IDC program vice president for HPC. "With
the release of the CIFS/NFS Gateway, we expect further market acceptance given
that the Gateway aims to open avenues to Windows and Linux environments that
were previously unavailable for the Lustre^® file system."

With the addition of the ClusterStor 9000, comes the availability of the
following performance features and RAS enhancements to the ClusterStor
platform and operating system:

  oClusterStor Grid RAID – this parity declustered RAID feature addition
    delivers up to 400% faster drive rebuild time to repair times needed to
    maintain peak performance while supporting the latest high capacity
    drives.
  oClusterStor Data Integrity Enhancements – these added enhancements of T10
    Data Integrity Field (DIF) Type 2 standards provide HPC and Technical
    Computing users reliable protection of their most valuable asset – their
    data. Unique to ClusterStor is the ability to include data integrity
    checking from object storage server HBA to disk drives and hardware
    assisted cyclic redundancy check (CRC) acceleration providing added
    resiliency to the file system and improved silent data corruption
    detection and correction.
  oClusterStor Manager – the new version of this standard ClusterStor feature
    includes the upgrade of a new dashboard displaying the physical
    configuration and status health of an entire HPC user's storage system.
    This data allows for seamlessly integration with other data center
    management tools providing visibility and management of the ClusterStor
    solution.

The following new ClusterStor features address the productivity challenges of
managing multiple file types and consolidating application workflows with
increased efficiency as well as reducing operational and hardware costs:

  oClusterStor Flash Accelerator – this feature transparently streamlines
    small file and large file IO workloads through application consolidation
    eliminating the need to separate storage systems thereby reducing Capex
    and Opex, reduces management cost and complexity, provides linear
    scalability and includes I/O profiling monitoring and definable policy
    tools.
  oClusterStor CIFS / NFS Gateway – this gateway feature provides Windows and
    Linux client access into the ClusterStor Lustre^® file system and enables
    heterogeneous file sharing across a single storage pool spanning entry
    level up to high capacity data storage. 
  oLustre^® Version 2.5 Enhancements – Xyratex integrates available
    enhancements of this recently released Lustre version into ClusterStor
    that includes multiple new features such as Hierarchal Storage Management
    (HSM) allowing data transfer between different storage platform types and
    facilitating data lifecycle management.

Learn more about the ClusterStor 9000 at the Xyratex booth #2107 at the 25^th
annual Supercomputing Conference 2013 in Denver, Colorado from November 17 to
22.

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 Technology, Ltd., in the United
States.

SOURCE Xyratex Ltd.

Contact: Brad Driver, Vice President of Investor Relations, Tel: +1 (510)
687-5260, Email: bdriver@xyratex.com
 
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