Solarflare Announces Plans to Grow UK Business in Cambridge

Solarflare Looking to Grow Staff Base by 25 Percent in Response
to Increased Demand

CAMBRIDGE, UK—November 22, 2011—Solarflare today announced plans to significantly expand its UK office in Cambridge as part of a growth strategy to boost global business. Although a US-headquartered company, the pioneer in high-performance, low-latency 10GbE server networking solutions has its primary R&D site in Cambridge and is looking to double its office space in the area.

The increase in office space will pave the way for additional staff to join the existing team, which has already grown by 25 percent over the last six months, with expectancy to grow by the same number again over the forthcoming year in the UK. Varying levels of experience will be required to fill the created roles, which will range from entry-level graduate to senior personnel positions.

As part of this recruitment drive, Solarflare will endeavour to find people of the right calibre to fill the roles. Martin Porter, vice-president of software development at Solarflare, comments: "Despite the air of gloom around IT skills and youth unemployment, Cambridge remains a hotbed of innovation, inspiration and talent. We are very excited to tap into this invaluable resource and bring the right talent on board for the next stage in Solarflare’s UK growth."

The company's application intelligence technology combines hardware and software offerings to deliverhigh performance network solutions whilst ensuring full compatibility with customers' applications and infrastructure.

Solarflare's solutions are gaining traction in Europe and the company holds particularly strong credentials in the banking sector. The company teamed up with NYSE Euronextearlier this year to provide low latency server adapters and software to greatly accelerate its trading systems between the UK and the US. The exchange, which invested millions of dollars in upgrading its networks to Solarflare's best-in-class technology, daily executes millions of trades for 1,200 broker-dealer clients.

Martin Porter comments: "We expect deals like the NYSE Euronext partnership to spur a trend in Solarflare's technology attracting exchanges and other large organisations. Solarflare has a world-class R&D team in Cambridge and a recruitment drive will serve to gain appropriate additional support to meet this growing demand."

Customers can progress from testing Solarflare's solutions to deployment within a week and its global client base includes such organisations as Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), MyYearBook and the German Climate Research Lab, DKRZ.

In the UK, Solarflare works with partners around the country, such as Avnet Technology Solutions, Computacenter and Agilysys, implementing solutions primarily in the financial services space.

Solarflare's work in the UK currently operates from an office at the Westbrook Centre on Milton Road in Cambridge.

About Solarflare

Solarflare is the leading provider of application-intelligent networking I/O products that bridge the gap between applications and the network, delivering improved performance, increased scalability, and higher return on investment. The company’s solutions are widely used in scale-out server environments such as high frequency trading, high performance computing, cloud, virtualization and big data. Solarflare’s products are available from leading distributors and value-added resellers, as well as from Dell, IBM, and HP. Solarflare is headquartered in Irvine, California and has an R&D site in Cambridge, UK.

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