SOURCE: Whamcloud

February 07, 2011 06:01 ET

Bull and Whamcloud Initiate Strategic Partnership to Contribute to Lustre® Community Development

Bull Well Known as the European Leader in High-Performance Lustre-Based Storage Deployments

DANVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - February 7, 2011) - Whamcloud, a venture-backed company formed from worldwide high-performance computing (HPC) storage industry veterans, announced today a strategic partnership with the European Information Technology company Bull to accelerate the development of open source Lustre storage technology and to ensure that Lustre users have access to the highest level of support and service.

Today Bull and Whamcloud are announcing a joint agreement for Lustre development and contribution of this work back to the community. Other areas of cooperation for Lustre are planned. The ultimate objective is to cooperate on development towards the file system needed for tomorrow's exaflop-scale systems.

"Bull has been integrating Lustre in its Extreme Computing solutions for many years, and our experts are regular contributors to the evolution of the Lustre file system. Whamcloud has gathered some of the top talents of the Lustre ecosystem. This combination of Bull and Whamcloud skills will allow our customers to continue to get the best performance out of Lustre, while being assured that the file system they chose is fully maintained and supported," said Eric Monchalin, HPC Software Director at Bull.

"Bull is the European leader in Lustre-based storage solutions, and we're obviously excited at the opportunity this partnership represents. Lustre enjoys real popularity in multiple European markets and this furthers our goal of driving IO and storage development worldwide in an open-source, hardware-agnostic environment," said Brent Gorda, CEO of Whamcloud.

About Bull, Architect of an Open World
Bull is an Information Technology company, dedicated to helping Corporations and Public Sector organizations optimize the architecture, operations and the financial return of their Information Systems and their mission-critical related businesses. Bull focuses on open and secure systems, and as such is the only European-based company offering expertise in all the key elements of the IT value chain. For more information visit:

About Whamcloud
Whamcloud is a venture-backed company formed from worldwide high-performance computing (HPC) storage industry veterans focused on enabling unprecedented application scaling and information insight through the evolution of HPC storage technologies in collaboration with the world's most scalable computing centers.

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