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LaCie, Xyratex Partner on Enterprise Storage Systems

HAVANT, United Kingdom and PARIS, June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Xyratex Ltd., a leading provider of enterprise class data storage subsystems and storage process technology, together with LaCie, a leading provider of professional storage solutions, today announced a new partnership designed to deliver premium storage systems for video professionals."Xyratex's superior technology and geographic proximity made them an obvious choice to develop top-of-the-line enterprise storage solutions," said Philippe Spruch, CEO of LaCie. "This combination of close collaboration and collective experience will enable us to provide versatile high-performance storage solutions."Both LaCie and Xyratex have over 20 years of market know-how and experience providing industry-leading storage systems and support. Xyratex's expertise and in-house development have enabled unprecedented product quality and reputation. Each storage system goes through extensive testing, and is run through an unparalleled quality assurance process. The new partnership will leverage the proven storage systems and build a comprehensive, customizable and fully-supported product portfolio that will offer fast and reliable customer support, as well as a highly qualified worldwide distribution channel."Xyratex is excited to add LaCie as an OEM partner that mirrors the same long-term history of professional storage systems," said Todd Gresham, senior vice president, Networked Storage Solutions, Xyratex. "We look forward to working closely with LaCie to meet their expanded customer requirements and growth within the video and web markets."About LaCie Located in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, LaCie is the leading manufacturer of computer peripherals for Windows, Apple and Linux users. LaCie creates external storage solutions and color monitors that help professionals and everyday people easily manage their digital lives. LaCie has differentiated its products through original designs and leading-edge technology. Established in France in 1989, LaCie is listed on Euronext under FR0000054314 (LAC). For more information, visit www.lacie.comAbout XyratexXyratex is a leading provider of enterprise-class data storage subsystems and storage process technology. The company designs and manufactures enabling technology that provides OEM and disk drive manufacturer customers with data storage products to support high-performance storage and data communication networks. Xyratex has over 25 years of experience in research and development relating to disk drives, storage systems and high-speed communication protocols.Founded in 1994 in an MBO from IBM, and with headquarters in the UK, Xyratex has an established global base with R&D and operational facilities in Europe, the United States and South East Asia.