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Xyratex Advances Lustre® Initiative, Assumes Ownership Of Related Assets

"Cray has been using Lustre as our primary parallel file system for the past 10 years, and has deployed some of the largest and most successful Lustre installations in the world with a variety of storage products," said Barry Bolding, vice president of storage and data management at Cray. "We have recently worked with Xyratex to deploy successful Lustre installations in the government, energy, manufacturing and academic markets with the Cray Sonexion storage system, including the record-breaking NCSA installation running Lustre at over 1TB/sec. This announcement is another important step for Lustre and the OpenSFS community, and shows the promising future of the Lustre file system in supercomputing and Big Data."

"Xyratex' deep knowledge of Lustre, and ability to deploy and support it, has been critical in helping NCSA bring the Blue Waters system into production and making a new class of computational and data focused petascale system usable for our scientific and engineering teams," said Dr. William Kramer, Blue Waters Deputy Directory at the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Application, whose Blue Waters supercomputer is amongst the fastest and most efficient in the world. "With Xyratex in a leadership role and continuing to work with the broader community, we have the utmost confidence that Lustre will continue to produce significant innovation, for the benefit of computational and data focused communities."

"This strategic move by Xyratex is great news for the worldwide HPC community and the technical computing industry, because it shows a significant commitment to the future of Lustre," said Earl Joseph, program vice president of high-performance systems at IDC. "Xyratex has been an integral member of the HPC and open-source community, and has worked with many partners in the community to bring Lustre to end users and deliver tremendous value. With Xyratex in this role, I'm looking forward to see what's next for Lustre in terms of innovation and value, especially as we race towards exascale solutions."

"Our organization is committed to facilitating collaboration and support for Lustre in the open file system community," said Hugo Falter, director of European Open File System (EOFS). "Time and time again Xyratex has demonstrated its commitment to move Lustre forward with the rest of the open source community and make it more reliable for end users. I have complete confidence that Xyratex will remain true to this commitment over the long term."

"OpenSFS actively supports the HPC open source file system community of which Xyratex is an active Member," said Norm Morse, CEO at OpenSFS.  "This acquisition gives Xyratex a great opportunity in concert with other members of the Lustre community to continue the stability needed to ensure Lustre remains a vital part of HPC going forward.  We look forward to working with Xyratex in the future."

"Xyratex, through this purchase, puts Lustre into the hands of a company that is focused on the needs of High Performance Computing, which is a good thing for the HPC community," said Addison Snell, CEO at Intersect360 Research. "Over the past few years the community has made significant progress in addressing these concerns, and Xyratex is well-positioned to facilitate the continued development and evolution of Lustre in the years ahead."

"Xyratex's knowledge of Lustre, and ability to deploy and support it, is of tremendous value to the Lustre community," said Tommy Minyard, director of advanced computing systems at Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). "With Xyratex continuing to play an active role going forward, we have the utmost confidence that the Lustre community will continue to produce significant innovation, for the benefit of everyone."

"Xyratex' acquisition of the Lustre assets secures the trust the community needs to continue investing in Lustre as a critical data access technology," said Peter ffoulkes, research director for servers, virtualization and cloud computing at 451 Research. "Lustre is an integral component of some of the fastest and largest data storage systems in production today, a requirement that is only going to increase as the 'Internet of Things' feeds the proliferation of 'Big Data' in both private and public cloud environments. As the largest supplier of OEM data storage offerings, Xyratex has taken a strategic step to ensure the continued adoption of Lustre as a preferred solution for the most demanding data storage and access environments."

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