HAVANT, United Kingdom, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Xyratex Ltd (Nasdaq: XRTX), a leading provider of data storage technology, today announced it plans to advance the global Lustre ® portfolio by supporting the community-oriented development of Lustre as an open source file system and continuing to work in conjunction with the broader community to help chart the best path forward for this key technology. Xyratex has recently acquired the original Lustre trademark, logo, website and associated intellectual property from Oracle, and will assume responsibility for providing support to Lustre customers going forward. "Lustre is a powerful open source file system, and Xyratex strongly believes that all members of the Lustre community need to continue to play a part in the evolution of the code and the benefits it delivers over the long term," said Steve Barber, CEO of Xyratex. "We want to ensure that current Lustre customers get the best possible feature roadmap and support, and we intend to engage the entire community to advance the Lustre technology. We also appreciate Oracle's support of Lustre, and their efforts to ensure the long-term success of the technology." The Lustre file system, which was first released in 2003, is a client/server based, distributed architecture designed for large-scale compute and I/O-intensive, performance-sensitive applications. The Lustre architecture currently powers six of the top 10 high-performance computing (HPC) clusters in the world and more than 60 of the 100-largest HPC installations. It has emerged as a particularly popular choice in the meteorology, simulation, oil and gas, life science, rich media and finance sectors. This purchase also gives Xyratex the opportunity to continue to leverage Lustre and provide more value through its best-of-breed ClusterStor™ family of scale-out HPC data storage solutions. ClusterStor delivers a new standard in file system performance, scalability and efficiency, and brings together what were previously discrete server, network and storage platforms with their own separate software layers. The results are integrated, modular, scale-out storage building blocks that enable systems to scale both performance and capacity while aggressively reducing space, power and administrative overhead.