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Xyratex announces Program Win with NetApp

Havant, UK – January 8, 2008 – Xyratex Ltd (Nasdaq: XRTX), a leading provider of enterprise class data storage subsystems and storage process technology, today announced an OEM agreement with NetApp (Nasdaq:  NTAP) to develop and supply general disk arrays for a variety of NetApp® products. 

“We are very proud to be NetApp’s supplier. This new agreement recognizes the value proposition provided by Xyratex through our product design expertise, system test services, and proven business model.” said Steve Barber, CEO of Xyratex.

This agreement builds on the successful implementation of disk arrays currently provided by Xyratex to NetApp and incorporated within NetApp’s industry leading storage hardware platforms.

“We are delighted to be able to continue our relationship with NetApp with this disk arrays announcement.” said Todd Gresham, executive vice president, Xyratex Networked Storage Solutions. “We will continue to focus on execution in our product technology and fulfillment service capability to support NetApp’s requirements”.

This partnership further demonstrates Xyratex’s proven expertise and extensive track record of providing industry leading disk arrays and RAID subsystems to OEM customers worldwide.

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About Xyratex
Xyratex 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 20 years of experience in research and development relating to disk drives, storage systems and high-speed communication protocols.

Founded in 1994 in a management buy-out from IBM, and with its 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.