24 Jun 2018 Santa Clara - DataDirect Networks (DDN) has acquired 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", stated 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."
Deployed in thousands of data centres in health care, 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 industrys 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", stated 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", stated Robert Triendl. "This acquisition, and our continuing cooperation with Intel, will ensure that Lustre remains the worlds 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."