Cray and Xyratex Team up for Lustre Storage

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Today Xyratex announced that Cray Inc. is using the company’s HPC data storage architectures as the basis for the new Cray Sonexion storage system. As part of this alliance, Xyratex will also be providing level-3 Lustre file system support services to Cray.

We are excited to be working with Xyratex in the development of our Cray Sonexion storage system,” said Barry Bolding, Cray’s vice president of storage and data management. “We chose to work with Xyratex because of its long history in the development of high quality enterprise data storage solutions and its world-class Lustre expertise. After a very thorough analysis, we believe that, with Xyratex’ strengths combined with our expertise in scaling Lustre in production, we can deliver a new paradigm in HPC data storage.”

While no surprise to those of us who took a peek at Sonexion back at SC11, the Xyratex/Cray alliance looks to be a good move for both companies. Through this OEM relationship, Cray will now be able to broaden its market and hopefully smooth out it’s revenue stream, which has been pretty lumpy of late on a quarterly basis.