Sun Microsystems Expands High Performance Computing Portfolio With Definitive Agreement to Acquire Assets of Cluster File Systems, Including the Lustre File System

Sun to Offer Most Complete and Open Solution for Solaris and Linux HPC


Sep 12, 2007, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   JAVA) today announced a definitive agreement
 pursuant to which Sun will acquire the majority of Cluster File Systems,
 Inc.'s intellectual property and business assets, including the Lustre File
 System. By acquiring Cluster File Systems, Inc., the leading parallel file
 system provider, Sun intends to add support for the Solaris (TM) Operating
 System (Solaris OS) on Lustre and plans to continue enhancing Lustre on
 Linux and Solaris OS across multi vendor hardware platforms. As previously
 announced in July 2007, Sun also plans to deliver Lustre servers on top of
 Sun's industry-leading open source Solaris ZFS solution, which is one of
 the fastest growing storage virtualization technologies in the marketplace.
     The agreement further extends Sun's momentum in open source and Solaris
 and complements the Company's current direction to provide the industry's
 most complete end-to-end High Performance Computing (HPC) storage solution.
     "This acquisition, coupled with the recent announcement of the Sun
 Constellation System, the most open petascale capable HPC architecture in
 the industry, shows our long-term commitment to the open source community
 and leadership in HPC," said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems
 Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Adding the Lustre technology to our already
 broad and innovative product line-up will strengthen our portfolio and
 enable Sun and our partners to offer customers an even more complete and
 open HPC solution."
     "Lustre provides network centric scalability for storage that is well
 matched with the complete and open Sun Constellation System architecture
 for petascale levels of performance. This is a clean and extremely scalable
 approach to provide high bandwidth and low latency access to large amounts
 of data for HPC applications," says Peter Braam, CEO, Cluster File System,
 Inc. "Our team is tremendously excited about joining Sun and furthering the
 mission of extreme scale computing. We have already worked together to
 deliver several large clusters, for example the fastest supercomputer in
 Asia at Tokyo Tech and we're now in the process of installing a 500+
 TeraFlop and 1.7 PetaByte cluster at Texas Advanced Computing Center
     Based on proven, open industry standard technologies, Sun's HPC
 solutions can quickly scale to allow for rapid deployment and faster
 time-to-results than competing HPC solutions. Sun's HPC portfolio provides
 a complete solution for developing, deploying, running and managing the
 complete range of applications for HPC, from entry level commercial usages
 to the largest supercomputers in the world. Sun customers who use Sun's HPC
 offerings have achieved capital expenditure savings of 30 percent, improved
 energy consumption by 70 percent, and improved time-to-results by as much
 as 75 percent.
     The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is
 expected to be completed in the beginning of Sun's second fiscal quarter,
 beginning October 1, 2007. The terms of the deal were not disclosed as the
 transaction is immaterial to Sun's earnings per share.
     Safe Harbor
     This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve
 risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements include
 statements regarding the expected consummation of the transaction and the
 acquisition of Cluster File Systems' assets. Such statements are just
 predictions and involve risks and uncertainties such that actual results
 and performance may differ materially. Factors that might cause such a
 difference include the inability to consummate the transaction and the
 failure to successfully integrate the Cluster File Systems assets and its
 employees into Sun. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in
 Sun's periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission, including Sun's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year
 ended June 30, 2007.
     About Cluster File Systems, Inc.
     Cluster File Systems, Inc. (CFS) is a leader in high-performance,
 scalable cluster file system technology. Extensive experience, innovative
 insights, and proven engineering have enabled CFS to dramatically surpass
 the scalability limits of modern computing. The Company's premier Lustre
 File System currently powers clusters with ten of thousands of nodes and
 petabytes of data, delivering groundbreaking parallel I/O and metadata
 throughput on many of the world's largest Linux-based supercomputers. CFS
 provides technical support, training, and engineering services, and is
 actively working with storage and cluster vendors to develop the next
 generation of intelligent storage devices. The Lustre File System for Linux
 is open source software developed and maintained by CFS. For more
 information, visit
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