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BOXX Buys Cirrascale

May 10, 2017

The acquisition enables BOXX to add Cirrascale’s deep learning hardware to its line of multi-GPU solutions and solidifies BOXX as the leader in multi-GPU computer technology. Cirrascale Cloud Services, a BOXX subsidiary, will continue to expand its growing business and provide GPU-as-a-Service along with other professional services.

“Cirrascale is instantly recognizable as a leader in deep learning infrastructure, cloud services, and like us, a strategic partner of NVIDIA, so naturally, we’re excited to welcome them to the BOXX family,” said Rick Krause, BOXX CEO. “We now have a complete solution of world-class deep learning servers, development workstations, and cloud services for data scientists, researchers, and other professionals.”

Cirrascale Cloud Services offers a dedicated, bare-metal cloud service with the ability for customers to load their own instances of popular deep learning frameworks such as TensorFlow, Caffe, MXNet, and Theano. This provides user access to the raw horsepower of a modern multi-GPU system and is highly attractive to customers with various deep learning and HPC applications. BOXX will manufacture the high performance rackmount systems featuring up to eight NVIDIA® Quadro™ or Tesla™ graphics cards.

“With expertise in the development and manufacturing of high-performance systems, BOXX will now deliver deep learning solutions to customers worldwide while providing services and support to meet their needs,” said PJ Go, CEO, Cirrascale Cloud Services. “This enables our team to continue to expand our cloud services which have grown exponentially over the past year. Together, our companies will further accelerate the ever growing momentum of machine learning and artificial intelligence.”

BOXX began primarily in media & entertainment, producing the fastest and highest quality hardware solutions for VFX, animation, and motion media applications. However, over the past decade, the hardware manufacturer has expanded to also develop products specific to architecture, engineering, and other markets which rely on professional 3D design applications. Multi-GPU workstations have always represented a significant portion of BOXX business, but as the company continues to add enterprise customers like broadcast networks and organizations focused on deep learning, the acquisition of Cirrascale is a natural fit. The acquisition comes as BOXX, owned by Dallas-based private equity firm Craftsman Capital, is experiencing record growth.

“BOXX is an incredible brand built on delivering the highest possible performance to the customer,” said Barrett Dean, Partner at Craftsman Capital. “With expanded resources and knowledge base, we have complete confidence that consumers will view BOXX as a one stop shop for deep learning infrastructure and cloud services. The highly experienced BOXX management team has done an outstanding job of building BOXX as a premium solution provider, so the addition of Cirrascale further expands the BOXX brand into new markets.”

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