Sun Microsystems Expands High Performance Computing Portfolio with Definitive Agreement to Acquire Assets of Cluster File Systems, Including the Lustre File System
Sun to Offer Most Complete and Open Solution for Solaris and Linux HPC Clusters.
SANTA CLARA, Calif.-Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced a definitive agreement pursuant to which Sun will acquire the majority of Cluster File Systems, Inc.ís intellectual property and business assets, including the Lustre File System. By acquiring Cluster File Systems, Inc., the leading parallel file system provider, Sun intends to add support for Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) on Lustre and plans to continue enhancing Lustre on Linux and Solaris OS across multi vendor hardware platforms. As previously announced in July 2007, Sun also plans to deliver Lustre servers on top of Sunís industry-leading open source Solaris ZFS solution, which is one of the fastest growing storage virtualization technology in the marketplace.
The agreement further extends Sunís momentum in open source and Solaris and complements the Companyís current direction to provide the industryís most complete end-to-end High Performance Computing (HPC) storage solution.
ďThis acquisition, coupled with the recent announcement of the Sun Constellation System, the most open petascale capable HPC architecture in the industry, shows our long-term commitment to the open source community and leadership in HPC,Ē said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc. ďAdding the Lustre technology to our already broad and innovative product line-up will strengthen our portfolio and enable Sun and our partners to offer customers an even more complete and open HPC solution.Ē
ďLustre provides a network centric scalability for storage that is well matched with the complete and open Sun Constellation System architecture for petascale levels of performance. This is a clean and extremely scalable approach to provide high bandwidth and low latency access to large amounts of data for HPC applications,Ē says Peter Braam, CEO, Cluster File System, Inc. ďOur team is tremendously excited about joining Sun and furthering the mission of extreme scale computing. We have already worked together to deliver several large clusters, for example the fastest supercomputer in Asia at Tokyo Tech and weíre now in the process of installing a 500+ TeraFlop and 1.7 PetaByte cluster at Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).Ē
Based on proven, open industry standard technologies, Sunís HPC solutions can quickly scale to allow for rapid deployment and faster time-to-results than competing HPC solutions. Sunís HPC portfolio provides a complete solution for developing, deploying, running and managing the complete range of applications for HPC, from entry level commercial usages to the largest supercomputers in the world. Sun Customers who use Sunís HPC offerings have achieved capital expenditure savings of 30 percent, improved energy consumption by 70 percent, and improved time-to-results by as much as 75 percent.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed in the beginning of Sunís second fiscal quarter, beginning October 1, 2007. The terms of the deal were not disclosed as the transaction is immaterial to Sunís earnings per share.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the expected consummation of the transaction and the acquisition of Cluster File Systemsí assets. Such statements are just predictions and involve risks and uncertainties such that actual results and performance may differ materially. Factors that might cause such a difference include the inability to consummate the transaction and the failure to successfully integrate the Cluster File Systems assets and its employees into Sun. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in Sunís periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Sunís annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007.
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