To meet the increasing demand among engineers and researchers throughout the world for affordable high-performance computing (HPC) solutions, global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq NM: CRAY) announced today that it has launched a Channel Partner Program devoted to marketing and supporting the innovative Opteron/Linux-based Cray XD1 supercomputer. The program already includes firms that have gained distinction in HPC markets across Europe, Asia and North America.

Crays rich supercomputing heritage, together with the unparalleled price/performance provided by our new Cray XD1 system, will give our partners a compelling product offering in the HPC mid-market sector, said Steven Joachims, Cray vice president for business development. Cray is committed to building a well-trained and proficient channel network by carefully selecting partners who understand HPC and can provide the highest quality of service and support for their customers, while also helping us fuel our ambitious growth strategy. We will back our partners with programs that reinforce their marketing efforts and reward their dedication.

Companies that have already joined the Cray Channel Partner Program include:

Alpha Systems AS of Trondheim, Norway;
antauris AG of Hamburg, Germany;
Best Systems, Inc. of Tsukuba, Japan;
ClusterVision BV of Hoofddorp, Netherlands;
Compusys PLC of Aylesbury, United Kingdom;
E4 Computing Engineering of Scandiano, Italy;
GTSI Corp. of Washington, D.C.;
Hinditron Infosystems PL of Mumbai (Bombay), India; and
ServiWare of Croissy Beaubourg (Paris), France.

Best Systems and Hinditron have successfully partnered with Cray in the past to market other Cray systems.

A Portfolio of Go-to-Market Resources
The Cray Channel Partner Program focuses on building relationships that take advantage of each partners strengths in the HPC market. Cray is actively seeking partner relationships with value-added resellers (VARs), integrators and distributors with extensive experience in delivering innovative HPC solutions. Among the selection criteria are reputation in the marketplace, marketing acumen, technical excellence and business ethics.

Cray offers channel partners an extensive portfolio of resources to help them quickly build and sustain a competitive edge in their respective HPC markets. These resources include product and solutions training, web portal access, Crays lead-tracking database, sales account management, presales support and a Starter Kit.


Partnership Combines Top-Performing Cray XD1 Platform with GTSI Expertise

Global supercomputing leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq NM: CRAY) today announced that it is teaming with government IT leader GTSI Corp. (Nasdaq: GTSI) to offer the Cray XD1 Opteron/Linux-based supercomputer to government agencies looking for powerful yet cost-effective supercomputing solutions. As a member of the recently launched Cray Channel Partner Program, GTSI will market the Cray XD1 system to a diverse customer base needing exceptional performance and scalability.

Governments at every level are reaching out to citizens with programs and initiatives that require quantum leaps in computing power, said Jim Sweeney, GTSIs Linux technology practice manager. By adding Crays XD1 supercomputer to our broad range of products and services, we can offer our government customers a powerful Linux-based high performance computing (HPC) solution that meets their demanding performance requirements, while also staying within their budgets.

Were delighted to welcome GTSI into our partnership program, said Steven Joachims, vice president of business development for Cray. The companys extensive experience tailoring solutions for the government IT market gives us a great opportunity to showcase the industry-leading capabilities of the Cray XD1 system in a variety of government computing environments. For scientists and engineers in need of a platform that can easily handle their processing-intensive departmental and agency-wide applications, the Cray XD1 supercomputer delivers performance and scalability that was formerly only available on larger, more expensive systems.

The Cray XD1 supercomputer has been adopted by a number of government organizations worldwide, including the Desert Research Institute in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada; the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Manassas, Virginia; the U.S. Air Force Maui High Performance Computing Center on Maui, Hawaii; the Ohio Supercomputing Center in Columbus, Ohio; the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington; the Alabama Supercomputing Authority in Montgomery, Alabama; and the USDA Forest Service Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, Montana.

The Cray Channel Partner Program was established to bring the innovative Cray XD1 supercomputer to the global HPC market. Cray provides partners with expertise, services, and support aimed at helping them deliver best-in-class HPC solutions to their customers.

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