Xyratex Announces OpenSFS Membership Xyratex joins the OpenSFS Board of Directors

HAVANT, England, Nov. 15, 2011  /PRNewswire/ -- Xyratex Ltd (Nasdaq: XRTX), a leading provider of enterprise class data storage solutions and hard disk drive capital equipment,  announced today that it has joined Open Scalable File Systems, Inc. (OpenSFS) as a formal member at the Promoter level. OpenSFS is a nonprofit, technical corporation that promotes collaboration among institutions using open source scalable file systems including Lustre®,  the open source parallel file system, and is committed to ascertaining requirements of high-end scalable file systems within the High Performance Computing (HPC) community. OpenSFS and its members will champion the prioritization of the critical requirements through its structure and interactions with primary HPC stakeholders in the industry.

"Xyratex is a leader in the Lustre community and we are pleased to have Xyratex join OpenSFS as a Promoter and Board Member," said Norman Morse, President/CEO of OpenSFS.  "OpenSFS is committed to the support and development of open source scalable file systems for Linux HPC environments.  We are currently focused on the Lustre file system for the HPC community and are happy to have Xyratex as part of this community. We look forward to working with Xyratex on open source enhancements to the Lustre environment."

Xyratex's decision to join OpenSFS as a Promoter, the highest and most influential level of membership, aligns with its long-term commitment and support of the HPC and Lustre communities. As part of this membership, Xyratex will join the OpenSFS Board of Directors.  Xyratex continues to be fully involved in the HPC community in support, feature contributions, and prioritizations to increase Lustre's stability, scalability, and performance.  

"Joining OpenSFS at the Promoter level is an important step in our strategic direction and our commitment to Lustre. With Xyratex's OpenSFS membership, allied to our significant Lustre development team, and our contributions to the Lustre community's roadmap, we're demonstrating our dedication to the Lustre community," said Ken Claffey, Xyratex Senior Director of the ClusterStor business. "Lustre is a cornerstone of our HPC strategy and we're committed to working with the Lustre community in order to ensure that it continues to evolve to meet the needs of a growing user community."

Another example of Xyratex's commitment is the recent announcement and implementation of its "Xyratex Lustre Community" site (www.xyratex.com/lustre), which provides Lustre related information regarding Xyratex efforts and contributions within the community. Coinciding with this site announcement, Xyratex released its "Lustre Migrator Tool", which converts Lustre file system MDS on-disk data structures from version 1.8 format to version 2.x native format and is licensed under the GPL 2.0, to the entire Lustre community.

In support of the OpenSFS, European Open File Systems Association (EOFS), and the community as a whole, Xyratex will participate and speak at the Lustre Community Pavilion's SC11 Speaker Series with HPC experts and Lustre Pioneers.  Follow link (www.xyratex.com/lustre) for details of speaking days and times.

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About OpenSFS
Founded in 2010, OpenSFS is a non-profit California corporation focused on high-end, open-source file system technologies. The goals of the organization are to provide a forum for collaboration among entities deploying file systems on leading edge HPC systems, to communicate future requirements to open-source file system developers, and to support file system releases, which have been designed to meet these goals. OpenSFS draws from combined funding to ensure substantial and sustained community benefit through advancing the stability, usability and scalability of sophisticated open-source file system technologies. More information can be found online at www.opensfs.org.

About Xyratex
Xyratex is a leading provider of enterprise class data storage solutions and hard disk drive capital equipment. The Networked Storage Solutions division designs and manufactures a range of advanced, scalable data storage solutions for the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) community. As the largest capital equipment supplier to the industry, the Storage Infrastructure division enables disk drive manufacturers and their component suppliers to meet today's technology and productivity requirements. Xyratex has over 25 years of experience in research and development relating to disk drives, storage systems and manufacturing process technology.

Founded in 1994 in an MBO from IBM, and with headquarters in the UK, Xyratex has an established global base with R&D and operational facilities in Europe, the United States and South East Asia. More information can be found online at www.xyratex.com.

Lustre is a registered trademark of Oracle. Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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