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Storage Leader DDN Acquires Lustre File System Capability From Intel

DataDirect Networks (DDN®) today announced its acquisition of Intel’s
Lustre File System business and related assets for undisclosed terms.
This important acquisition reinforces DDN’s presence as the global
market leader for data at scale, while providing Lustre customers with
enhanced field support and a well-funded technology roadmap. The
acquisition also enables DDN to expand Lustre’s leading position from
high performance computing (HPC) and Exascale into high growth markets
such as analytics, AI and hybrid cloud.

DDN has spent the past decade developing and bringing to market some of
the most advanced technologies for data processing at scale targeted at
on premise or hybrid cloud environments, including DDN’s SFA OS Big Data
embedded software, its distributed cloud and object technology, and more
recently its IME software suite for flash, NVMe and GPU acceleration.
The acquisition of Intel’s Lustre file system capability is a bold move
that combines the most advanced file system technology with DDN’s
already substantial HPC, analytics and cloud product portfolio.

“We are very pleased to acquire from Intel all assets related to the
open-source Lustre file system and to welcome into the DDN family an
experienced software development team for which we have always had
tremendous respect and admiration,” said Alex Bouzari, DDN Founder and
CEO. “Over the next few years, we are going to invest significant
resources to enhance usability and to broaden Lustre’s capabilities and
feature set in the direction of flash-enabled performance, analytics,
enterprise and hybrid cloud.”

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Deployed in thousands of data centers in healthcare, energy,
manufacturing, financial services, academia, research and HPC labs, and
consistently earning the number one spot as the file system of choice
for the world’s fastest computers, Lustre has long been recognized as
the industry’s most advanced parallel file system technology.

“Over the past few years, Intel has enhanced the Lustre technology and
contributed to a now thriving Lustre open-source ecosystem,” said Rajeeb
Hazra, Intel Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise
and Government, Data Center Group. “DDN has the expertise to provide
continued development and seamless support for existing customers. Intel
will continue to participate in the Lustre community and collaborate on
open source technologies that enable our strategies and products.”

DDN will operate the Lustre team as an autonomous division within DDN,
ensuring full and sustained support of the Lustre customer and partner
ecosystem. The division will be run by industry veteran Robert Triendl,
Senior VP at DDN, who has been instrumental in growing DDN’s involvement
in Lustre over the past decade.

“Lustre users today are running some of the most critical and complex
workloads in the industry. Lustre underpins leading deep learning and AI
environments for autonomous vehicle development, supports the most
demanding workflows in the life sciences and energy sectors, and enables
powerful commercial analytics workflows in the cloud,” said Triendl.
“This acquisition, and our continuing cooperation with Intel, will
ensure that Lustre remains the world’s leading platform for compute and
data-intensive workloads, scaling from small clusters running enterprise
analytics to the world’s most powerful compute systems with tens of
thousands of clients, while further expanding its capabilities in AI and
Cloud.”

About DDN

DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world’s leading big data storage
supplier to data-intensive, global organizations. For 20 years, DDN has
designed, developed, deployed and optimized systems, software and
storage solutions that enable enterprises, service providers,
universities and government agencies to generate more value and to
accelerate time to insight from their data and information, on premise
and in the cloud. Organizations leverage the power of DDN storage
technology and the deep technical expertise of its team to capture,
store, process, analyze, collaborate and distribute data, information
and content at the largest scale in the most efficient, reliable and
cost-effective manner. DDN customers include many of the world’s leading
financial services firms and banks, healthcare and life science
organizations, manufacturing and energy companies, government and
research facilities, and web and cloud service providers. For more
information, go to www.ddn.com or
call 1-800-837-2298.

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