Xyratex Enters an OEM Partnership With Pure Storage

HAVANT, England, March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Xyratex Ltd (NASDAQ: XRTX), a leading provider of data storage technology, today announced that Pure Storage has chosen Xyratex as a strategic OEM partner for its all-flash enterprise storage array, the FlashArray. Pure Storage selected the Xyratex OneStor™ Application Platform as the basis for its architecture, which leverages the unique benefits of flash memory, with inline de-duplication and compression to bring flash based solutions into the mainstream enterprise market. The agreement benefits Pure Storage customers by providing an enterprise quality platform solution that eliminates additional hardware costs, cabling and complexity of installation while minimizing footprint requirements.

Xyratex's OneStor™ Application Platform consolidates storage system infrastructure to minimize space and cost by combining compute, memory and server intelligence into a single enclosure.  OneStor Application Platforms are ideal for the most demanding storage solutions and have the ability to scale-up (increased capacity) or scale-out (increased compute, I/O performance and capacity). Different solutions support different workload/application types, performance requirements, reducing hardware and serviceability costs.

"Enterprise customers are challenged to meet the mission-critical performance required in many of today's datacenters while staying within power and space budgets," said Jeff Janukowicz, Research Director of Solid State Storage, IDC.  "All flash arrays, such as from Pure Storage, are well positioned to deliver on these metrics in a reliable, cost efficient manner and capitalize on the expected 45% CAGR revenue growth of enterprise solid state storage solutions."

The FlashArray from Pure Storage combines the performance, density and power of flash with enterprise storage array features including high availability, out-of-the-box compatibility and enterprise class scalability. The FlashArray delivers an exceptional cost to performance/efficiency ratio which makes it ideal for high performance workloads such as server virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) applications, database applications and cloud computing. 

"The reputation and expertise Xyratex has in building quality enterprise storage solutions put them on a short list of OEM partners we evaluated, however, that combined with their common platform approach made them a clear choice because it allows us to deliver quality products to market at an accelerated pace," said Michael Cornwell, Director of Technology and Strategy at Pure Storage.

"Xyratex is excited to add Pure Storage as a strategic OEM partner," said Todd Gresham, Senior Vice President at Xyratex.  "This relationship is aligned with our strategic initiative to partner with the leading companies in emerging markets. We look forward to working with Pure Storage on this exciting flash storage platform and building a successful partnership that delivers innovative quality storage solutions to this unique and fast growing market."

About Xyratex

Xyratex is a leading provider of data storage technology, including modular solutions for the enterprise data storage industry and hard disk drive (HDD) capital equipment for the HDD industry. Xyratex enterprise data storage platforms provide a range of advanced, scalable data storage solutions for the Original Equipment Manufacturer and High Performance Computing communities. As the largest capital equipment supplier to the industry, Xyratex HDD capital equipment 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 North America, Asia and Europe.

SOURCE Xyratex Ltd



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