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Bull : and Xyratex announce reseller partner agreement and major design win at DKRZ

06/26/2014 | 03:15am EST

Bull and Xyratex announce reseller partner agreement and major design win at DKRZ

Extends the availability of combined bullxTM and ClusterStorTM solutions providing 20x extreme performance and energy efficiency for HPC customers worldwide. A recent 45PB contract award with DKRZ exemplifies the need for solution.

Paris, June  26, 2014 -

Bull, a leading international provider of high performance computing (HPC) solutions and Xyratex, a Seagate Company (NASDAQ: STX) and a leading provider of data storage technology, have entered a worldwide reseller partner agreement allowing Bull to resell Xyratex ClusterStor solutions. Collectively, bullx supercomputers and Xyratex ClusterStor solutionsTM provide extreme performance and outstanding energy efficiency to HPC users - a direct result of the industry - leading performance of the ClusterStor, a Lustre® integrated data storage appliance, and bullx supercomputer capabilities including direct liquid cooled blades.

"The worldwide agreement between Bull and Xyratex is a new milestone in our cooperation to meet the extreme requirements of valued customers such as Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum (DKRZ), providing HPC Big Data solutions. Extremely reliable and easy-to-manage these solutions are based on our award winning bullx supercomputers" said Pascal Barbolosi, Vice President Extreme Computing, Bull.

"The exponential growth in digital data, and the requirement to analyse that data, is driving the world's leading high performance computing and storage manufacturers to join forces and meet this rapidly growing need ," said Jamie Lerner, President Cloud Systems and Solutions, at Seagate. " Our agreement with Bull combines cutting-edge products and industry-leading expertise enabling our customers to address their data challenges with far greater efficiency than ever before ."

This reseller arrangement builds upon the established joint Bull/Xyratex technical relationship and several customer engagements. Those include a recent contract award with DKRZ for Bull to design and install a 3-petaflops bullx B720 supercomputer with 45 petabytes (45PB) of ClusterStor CS9000 parallel storage capable of 1TB/s performance. DKRZ is the national computing center for climate research, located in Hamburg, Germany, which provides HPC and high capacity data management for climate science.

The new joint Bull/Xyratex solution, named HLRE-3, will provide up to 20x application performance but will only consume the same electrical power as its HLRE-II predecessor. "Climate simulation generates massive amounts of digital data that needs to be processed quickly and efficiently", said Professor Thomas Ludwig, Director of DKRZ and research team leader. "The ClusterStor solution provided the best performance density and, therefore, was the most efficient high-performance storage offering for our environment."

About Xyratex

Xyratex, a Seagate company, 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 HDD industry, Xyratex 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 United Kingdom, Xyratex has an established global base with R&D and operational facilities in North America, Asia and Europe.

For more information visit: http://www.xyratex.com

Bull is the trusted partner for enterprise data. The Group, which is firmly established in the Cloud and in Big Data, integrates and manages high-performance systems and end-to-end security solutions. Bull's offerings enable its customers to process all the data at their disposal, creating new types of demand. Bull converts data into value for organisations in a completely secure manner.

Bull currently employs around 9,200 people across more than 50 countries, with over 700 staff totally focused on R&D. In 2013, Bull recorded revenues of €1.3 billion.


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