SOURCE: BlueArc

April 17, 2007 08:00 ET

BlueArc Introduces the Titan 2500 Storage System, Featuring Native 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Protocol Acceleration

New Model Enables Customers to Achieve Higher Application Performance and Enable Consolidation, Reducing Complexity of Next-Generation Network Infrastructures

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 17, 2007 -- STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD -- BlueArc® Corporation, a market leader in scalable, high-performance unified storage, today announced the introduction of the Titan 2500 storage system as the flagship model in the company's Titan 2000 storage system family, joining the Titan 2100 and Titan 2200 systems. In addition to the market-leading performance, scalability and software suite offered by BlueArc's Titan 2000 family, the Titan 2500 model features a new dual 10-gigabit network module, offering customers the option to reduce complexity and recognize the full potential of their next-generation networks, and BlueArc's protocol acceleration module, enabling Windows server consolidation.

Today's IT infrastructures see a highly scalable Ethernet network as a key component to enable improved product quality, enhanced collaboration and reduced time to market. Leading companies are coping with today's data deluge by deploying ever-increasing network capabilities, from yesterday's 100-megabit networks to today's 1-gigabit and 10-gigabit infrastructures. Yet, for customers operating 10 Gigabit Ethernet network environments, traditional storage servers have proven unable to deliver throughput capable of saturating the network, requiring them to deploy multiple devices, aggregate multiple network switches, or throttle application demand. In contrast, BlueArc's unique hardware architecture, featuring a 40-gigabit backplane, delivers a scalable hardware platform designed to fully support 10 gigabits of traffic bidirectionally, in a single unified network storage system.

"The introduction of BlueArc's Titan 2500 further extends the company's well-established record in leading the market with innovative network storage solutions that deliver real-world customer benefits," said Greg Schulz, founder and senior analyst at StorageIO. "With the addition of this new model to the company's already-impressive product family, BlueArc is poised to continue the company's remarkable growth in both high performance environments and enterprise consolidation. With 10 Gigabit Ethernet becoming table stakes for iSCSI and NAS connectivity, simply adding a faster adapter does not guarantee better performance. For enterprise consolidation, server virtualization and other I/O demanding applications, a combination of 10 Gigabit Ethernet and a robust storage system like the Titan 2500 is needed to address storage performance bottlenecks and improve storage service delivery."

Similar to core network switches, BlueArc's modular design enables customers to recognize increased performance and connectivity as new product generations are introduced, without requiring forklift upgrades. By simply installing new modules within the Titan chassis, existing customers can upgrade to the Titan 2500 to enable new 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity or doubling performance from BlueArc's first-generation Titan systems in a matter of minutes. The new Titan 2500 enables customers to consolidate infrastructures, with fewer devices, software licenses, maintenance agreements and administration costs, offering greater solution density with greatly reduced power, cooling and rack space requirements. The Titan 2500 offers consistent performance on a wide range of workloads for a diverse set of customer environments.

As a centralized storage solution that can aggregate many legacy file servers, the Titan 2500's 10-gigabit Ethernet connectivity is ideally suited for integration into enterprise core 10-gigabit network in large enterprise environments allowing thousands of clients to access a centralized storage in the core rather than the edge of the network. Customers who have typically utilized network trunking to allocate users across multiple Gigabit Ethernet ports can reduce complexity and overhead by eliminating load balancing, and realize much more efficient use of available network bandwidth.

By delivering true 10 Gigabit Ethernet capability, BlueArc customers in large file, high throughput environments, including Oil & Gas, Entertainment, Life Sciences and High Performance Computing, can achieve more efficient network utilization and higher throughput to high-end workstations and servers. This is achieved by eliminating the need to utilize 1-gigabit link aggregation to supply required performance for their throughput-intensive applications. With the deployment of a 10-gigabit network infrastructure and the Titan 2500, administrators can accelerate applications such as high definition editing, genomic analysis, and high performance computing visualization.

"BlueArc's new Titan 2500 sets a new bar for what data-driven customers should expect from their network storage provider," said Steve Daheb, vice president of marketing and business development for BlueArc. "Rather than continuing to demand customers compromise on their ability to service users, the Titan 2500 enables companies to more efficiently utilize their next-generation networks, reduce management, and consolidate servers."

BlueArc's Titan 2500 storage systems can be ordered today through the company's sales organization worldwide. For more information, please call 866 864-1040 or e-mail sales@bluearc.com.

About BlueArc

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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