SOURCE: BlueArc

August 22, 2006 08:01 ET

BlueArc Increases Speed and Density of Titan Storage Systems With New 4Gbps Storage Arrays

Performance and Capacity Leader Works With Leading 4Gbps Technology Provider, LSI Logic

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 22, 2006 -- BlueArc® Corporation, the world leader in network storage innovation, today announced that the company has qualified and integrated the latest storage arrays from LSI Logic into its high-performing Titan 2000 network storage systems. The new storage arrays, shipping immediately, deliver increased storage performance and density to customers, feature a 4-gigabit data pipeline, more throughput on both reads and writes, and RoHS compliance.

The new Engenio storage arrays from LSI extend BlueArc's leadership in tiered storage. More than three years ago, BlueArc was one of the first companies to offer both the highest performance Fibre Channel arrays and high density Serial ATA (SATA) arrays together in the same integrated system. Now, BlueArc continues its leadership by offering support for both Fibre Channel and SATA arrays that can be managed by the same RAID controller.

The new arrays, coupled with BlueArc's leading data migration software, enable large scale automated data movement based on a rich set of predefined rules or policies without any impact on end-users, forming a critical keystone for implementing dynamic data lifecycle management.

"BlueArc Titan 2000 customers are leading the way in delivering unique solutions to today's tremendous data growth and the management challenges it creates," said Steve Daheb, vice president of marketing and business development for BlueArc. "With the adoption of LSI 4Gbps arrays, our customers now have access to the most flexible storage solutions on the planet, designed to deliver the highest performance and capacity in a small footprint, saving them time, space and money."

With the new arrays, BlueArc now offers a range of Fibre Channel and SATA drives from 73 gigabytes up to 500 gigabytes per drive, including the latest in SATA II technology for enhanced SATA performance.

"Scalability in both capacity and performance is essential in today's data-driven businesses, and BlueArc has been a leader in the industry with its Titan 2000 storage systems, offering an innovative approach to the network storage market," said Steve Gardner, director of product marketing, Engenio Storage Group, LSI Logic. "With BlueArc's adoption of LSI 4 Gbps storage systems, users have received a significant performance boost to their digital pipeline, while ensuring seamless upgrades in the future as capacity demands increase."

The new Fibre Channel and SATA arrays from LSI are designed to offer 16 disks per shelf, for a maximum of 8 terabytes per Titan shelf, an increase in storage density of more than 30 percent. Additionally, the arrays have been tested to deliver read and write performance more than double that of comparable systems on the market. BlueArc customers can now more easily achieve maximum performance from the Titan 2000 storage system, requiring fewer drives and RAID controllers, and lowering acquisition costs. Additionally, existing BlueArc customers can benefit from industry-leading investment protection, as all new storage arrays are compatible with existing Titan systems and storage pools.

About BlueArc

BlueArc is the world leader in network storage innovation. BlueArc's Titan storage system family delivers unparalleled performance, scalability and simplicity, enabling customers to accelerate their digital world. Utilizing a unique patented architecture, Titan customers can achieve tasks impossible with alternative systems, implementing tomorrow's solutions today. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, California with European operations based in Bracknell, England. More information on BlueArc is available on the Internet at www.bluearc.com.

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