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Xyratex Announces ClusterStor™ 6000: Delivering The Ultimate In High Performance Computing Data Storage

"We've been using ClusterStor 3000 as part of our GENCI/PRACE funded(1) 'Exascale I/O prototype' for the last 3-6 months and are pleased with the Lustre performance numbers being achieved as well as the ease of installation and management," said Jacques-Charles Lafoucriere, Chief of Services, CEA. "Our next phase of the project is a simple upgrade to the ClusterStor 6000 OSS with the next generation Intel E5 processors where we fully expect a significant increase in Lustre system level improvements."

ClusterStor 6000 deployment is a snap – it only requires physical installation and simple setup steps.  Instead of spending weeks gathering separate hardware and software, resolving interoperability issues and testing to get a Lustre environment into production, users can be productive with ClusterStor in hours. ClusterStor includes pre-installation of all internal software components, configuration of the integrated system, intensive system reliability testing and ships ready to go to work.

ClusterStor Manager is a comprehensive system management application that is part of ClusterStor's distributed management framework and is responsible for pulling everything together as a singly managed system. ClusterStor Manager consolidates management of the entire storage infrastructure, RAID data protection layer, operating system, and the Lustre file system into a single, easy-to-use, administrator interface.  From initial installation, creation of file systems, ongoing monitoring and management, to expansion and software upgrades, ClusterStor Manager brings the entire storage cluster solution to a single pane of glass. This provides unprecedented system visibility to the Lustre system administrator.

"The ClusterStor 6000 is a truly next generation storage system developed to address the pervasive need for massively scalable storage systems within the HPC and broader Big Data market," said Ken Claffey, Xyratex Senior Director of the ClusterStor Business Line. "ClusterStor provides two levels of integration. The first combines file systems and RAID data protection onto our embedded server modules and the second consolidates these capabilities into our high density storage platform as a Scalable Storage Unit. These levels of integration enable linear scalability delivering 1TB/sec file system performance with 30% less power, and floor space of competitive systems. With the performance needed in many new applications, the legacy approach to HPC data storage doesn't work. "

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 UK, Xyratex has an established global base with R&D and operational facilities in North America, Asia and Europe.

(1) GENCI/PRACE funded "Exascale I/O prototype" is funded in part by the EUs 7th Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no. FP7-RI-261557

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