October 21, 2008 08:00 ET

BlueArc Speeds Access to Vast H.W. Wilson Research Library

Titan Storage Solution Centralizes More Than a Century of Data

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - October 21, 2008) - BlueArc® Corporation, a leader in scalable, high-performance unified network storage, today announced that H.W. Wilson, a research and reference publisher whose WilsonWeb platform is the primary information resource for some of the world's most prestigious universities and institutions, has implemented a BlueArc Titan storage cluster to dramatically improve online access to more than 20 million digital documents and images. Titan's performance and capacity ensure that H.W. Wilson has plenty of room to expand its offering, while streamlining management of a vast library of text and images.

"We knew our strategic decision to centralize H.W. Wilson's digital library supporting WilsonWeb would really put storage to the test," said Lu Parziale, Vice President, Information Systems at H.W. Wilson. "The demands on our storage infrastructure are data-intensive and include a Web search that interfaces with databases and full text. Only BlueArc demonstrated the technology and outstanding support that could meet our needs."

Since H. W. Wilson pioneered the research and reference index in 1898, the Company has amassed millions of periodical articles, the complete texts of books, scholarly works, and a sizable collection of images all accessed via WilsonWeb. Titan is at the heart of a tiered storage infrastructure comprising more than sixty terabytes. The system delivers consistently fast responses to queries to the WilsonWeb online databases, replacing an unwieldy collection of legacy storage devices whose performance usually fades with rising cache size over the course of a user's session.

Cluster Streamlines Management

The Titan cluster is designed to support uninterrupted service even through storage maintenance and administration, with a node dedicated to customers and a node assigned to internal company tasks. Parziale has observed greater efficiency in daily procedures such as rebooting the application underpinning WilsonWeb, which are now at least 40 percent faster. Titan makes short work of backups as well. The limitations of decentralized, legacy technology made it impractical for Parziale's team to do more than backup larger data sets weekly, but Titan supports H.W. Wilson's complete, daily backup of millions of files in just a few hours.

As the H.W. Wilson collections grow and the company offers services to supplement customers' data collections, Titan's hardware-based architecture and modular design make it easy for H.W. Wilson to add capacity by simply adding modules or disks. Just as important for Parziale, H.W. Wilson IT staff needs no specialized storage expertise to support this vital aspect of the research provider's expansion.

About BlueArc

BlueArc is a leading provider of high-performance unified network storage systems to enterprise markets, as well as data intensive markets, such as electronic discovery, entertainment, federal government, higher education, Internet services, oil and gas and life sciences. Our products support both network attached storage, or NAS, and storage area network, or SAN, services on a converged network storage platform.

We enable companies to expand the ways they explore, discover, research, create, process and innovate in data-intensive environments. Our products replace complex and performance-limited products with high performance, scalable and easy to use systems capable of handling the most data intensive applications and environments. Further, we believe that our energy efficient design and our products' ability to consolidate legacy storage infrastructures, dramatically increases storage utilization rates and reduces our customers' total cost of ownership. Information about BlueArc solutions and services can be found at

About H.W. Wilson

Since 1898, independent publisher H.W. Wilson has provided researchers with references produced with unmatched editorial integrity. More than 60 H.W. Wilson databases -- indexes, abstracts, full text resources, plus the acclaimed Retrospective Collection -- meet the research needs of customers around the globe. From the long-popular Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature to today's widely-praised Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus and Current Issues: Health, H.W. Wilson products are created for librarians, by librarians. Over 150 Wilson editorial staff members with MLS or MLIS degrees-multi-lingual trained librarians and subject specialists-build the Wilson references each day. For more information, visit

Contact Information

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    BlueArc Corporation
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