SOURCE: BlueArc

May 01, 2007 03:00 ET

BlueArc Expands EMEA Market Presence to Meet Growing Customer Demand for High Performance Network Storage

Sales in EMEA Double Year-on-Year in 2006; BlueArc Hires New Regional Vice President of Sales and Expands Team to Continue Global Momentum

SAN JOSE, CA and LONDON -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 1, 2007 -- INTERNET WORLD -- BlueArc® Corporation, a market leader in scalable, high performance unified storage, today announced the expansion of the company's operations in the European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) region, amid unprecedented customer adoption for BlueArc Titan 2000 storage systems throughout the geography. In the region, 2006 sales of BlueArc's high performance network storage systems and advanced software solutions doubled year over year from 2005, as the company has greatly expanded its sales and support teams to meet this demand.

The announcement of an expanded presence in the EMEA markets also includes the addition of Georg Bartz as the company's new regional vice president of sales for EMEA and further builds on BlueArc's momentum worldwide. Bartz joins BlueArc from McDATA, where he led a sales team of more than 100 people and grew the company's EMEA region substantially, achieving seven consecutive years of record revenue.

BlueArc's further expansion into EMEA markets complements the recent announcement of a joint five-year global OEM agreement with partner Hitachi Data Systems and worldwide reseller agreement with Cray, as the company's continued growth in the region will enable greater customer-facing resources and partnership development. In addition, BlueArc is expanding the company's value-added reseller network in the EMEA region, India and Australia to meet the dramatically increasing market requirements for high performance NAS.

Over the last year, BlueArc experienced greatly accelerated demand from customers in the EMEA region, with deployments in a variety of vertical markets, including research, energy exploration, technology and manufacturing, higher education, Internet services and entertainment, as well as enterprise deployments targeting application acceleration and server consolidation. These new customer wins and increased revenues are a direct result of the company's continued innovation in both hardware performance, where the Titan 2000 system has consistently led industry benchmarks, and enterprise-class software functionality, including policy based data migration and replication, iSCSI, enhanced data protection, disaster recovery tools, a WORM file system, and a powerful virtualization framework.

"Worldwide customer demand for Titan storage systems is expanding at a quickening pace, reflecting positively on our ability to deliver comprehensive, enterprise-class solutions to the market," said Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of BlueArc. "We are very pleased to be expanding our EMEA focus at this important time of growth and momentum for the company. This represents yet another step in increasing the BlueArc customer base in new geographies."

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BlueArc is the performance, scalability and simplicity leader in world-class unified storage systems and software. BlueArc solutions enable customers in all markets to accelerate applications, reduce costs and enable infrastructure consolidation through a unique, patented platform architected well beyond today's market offerings. Information about BlueArc solutions and services can be found at www.bluearc.com.

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