Cray Brings on Bill Boas and System Fabrics Works Engineering Team

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This week Cray announced it has strengthened its storage and data management team with the addition of key individuals from SystemFabricWorks (SFW), a recognized leader in storage interconnect solutions and software. Through an agreement with SFW, Cray has hired the majority of SFW’s employees as Cray continues its leadership in developing and deploying high-performance production parallel file system solutions for the HPC and Big Data marketplaces.

Expanding our team with some of the top storage and Infiniband engineering experts is an important step in continuing to drive Cray’s growth in the storage market,” said Barry Bolding, Cray’s vice president of storage and data management. “Our expanding base of HPC storage customers have demanding integration and deployment requirements and are looking for vendors like Cray that have experience in both storage and storage interconnects such as Infiniband. At Cray, we are creating a storage team with the design expertise and best practices that are critical to the performance, management and scalability of parallel storage systems over time.”

Among the SFW employees now working at Cray are Robert (Bob) Pearson, the former CEO of SFW, and Bill Boas, previously the vice president of business development for SFW and a co-founder of the Open Fabric Alliance. A number of highly-skilled engineers from SFW have also joined Cray’s storage and data management team, significantly enhancing Cray’s expertise in Lustre-based storage solutions. SFW is continuing its operations with a new management team. Read the Full Story.

Update: Bill Boas called to let us know that SFW is still going strong with Kevin J. Moran as President & CEO. The company has a number of interesting projects ongoing in the HPC and Cloud space, including a new server based on the Calxeda EnergyCore platform. Boas will continue on at SFW on a part-time basis.