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Xyratex Launches Enterprise 4TB SAS Drive

HAVANT, England, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Xyratex Ltd (Nasdaq: XRTX), a leading provider of data storage technology, today announced support and availability of WD®'s RE 4TB SAS enterprise hard drive as an option for its OneStor™ line of enclosures and application platforms including the company's ultra dense 84 drive capable solutions.

Xyratex's use of the WD RE 4TB drive allows the company to provide solutions to its OEM customers that reach new plateaus of unprecedented capacity and nearline performance with 24x7 advanced data reliability and integrity. High capacity, performance, quality, and continuous availability are critical features required by today's enterprise business applications associated with cloud computing, big data, data center storage and virtualization.

"With Xyratex's industry leading OneStor solutions our OEM customers can realize up to 2.5PB in a single rack," said Andy Morgan, senior director of Storage Platforms at Xyratex. "Our enterprise quality, high density OneStor 2584 solution, which accommodates 84 4TB drives, enables configurations of 336TB in a single 5U enclosure using fewer racks, less power and overall data center footprint, than competing solutions."

The OneStor 2584 offers the most versatile enterprise storage solution design utilizing a modular, standards-based architecture that combines the storage density, server integration, management and power efficiency required by Cloud and data center service providers. The 2584's ultra-dense data storage architecture delivers petabytes of enterprise grade storage capacity in a standard data center rack reducing the complexity of multiple enclosures and improving rack utilization by as much as 67% over current enclosure technologies. Each 2584 can pack up to 84 3.5" or 2.5" SAS or SATA hard disks or solid state drives into a 5U enclosure.

The new WD RE 4TB enterprise hard drive is a 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM enterprise SAS drive and is the industry's largest capacity nearline drive designed to meet the exceptional demands of enterprise storage. It offers 33% more storage capacity than enclosures populated with 3TB drives while providing best in class performance as well as substantial quality and reliability with sustained sequential data rates of up to 182 MB/s and a field-tested 1.4 million hour MTBF (mean time between failures). The WD RE SAS drives are available now for Xyratex customers and begin shipping in volume starting in Q4.

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