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Whamcloud and Alces Software Sign Lustre Support Agreement

Today Whamcloud announced a support agreement with Alces Software Limited, an integrator focused on open source HPC clusters and high performance storage in the UK and Europe.

“Working with Whamcloud delivers an instant value add to our Lustre customers. We try to stay vendor neutral, like Whamcloud, so our hardware configurations have included HP, Dell, IBM, Supermicro, LSI and DotHill with a range of different interconnect vendors. ‘No vendor lock in’ is a major advantage for our customers,” said Wil Mayers, CTO at Alces Software, Ltd. “Although we work a lot with academic institutions and national labs, we’re increasingly seeing take-up of Lustre for commercial customers, particularly in engineering and bio-technology customers in these territories. Working with Whamcloud means customers are guaranteed the best support options possible, whatever hardware vendor they choose.”

In related news, Whamcloud seems to be getting traction in Europe:

Alces and Whamcloud are providing Level 3 support for a leading pharmaceutical company in Sweden. The customer has a large new compute cluster based on Dell blades with a Mellanox Infiniband interconnect and needed high performance storage to go with it. They traditionally have used mostly open-source software, so Lustre was the logical choice for them with the reassurance of a commercial support contract. Alces was chosen because they could demonstrate existing Lustre systems based on Dell hardware, including the failover support needed for the customer’s high productivity environment.

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