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.
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 www.clusterfs.com.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global
marketplace. Guided by a singular vision --"The Network is the Computer" --
Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community
development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100
countries and on the Web at http://sun.com
Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, and The Network Is the
Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
in the United States and other countries.
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