June 09, 2009 09:00 ET

BlueArc Supports Ninth Generation Cloud Backup and Recovery Platform by Asigra for Delivery of Secure, Automated and Efficient Data Protection

New Security, Automation, and Operational Efficiencies to Reduce Risk and Free Resources for Strategic IT Initiatives

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2009) - BlueArc, the leader in scalable, high-performance unified network storage, today announced support for version 9 of the Asigra Hybrid Cloud Backup™ and Recovery platform.

The combination of Asigra's Hybrid Cloud Backup and Recovery software with BlueArc storage solutions allows Asigra version 9 to perform at the highest levels of operational efficiency. With BlueArc powering the architecture, storage vaults can scale to twice the size recommended with other storage solutions. This is achieved with no compromise in performance and scalability.

Traditional approaches to business-class backup and recovery have not kept up with the exponential data growth, variances in information value and complexities within the IT environment. Organizations continue to expend far too much brainpower and precious resources on backup and recovery operations when it should be a routine task in today's Cloud Computing era.

Asigra Hybrid Cloud Backup V 9.0 empowers backup in the Cloud to offer efficiencies unavailable with traditional backup architecture. When combined with BlueArc's storage solutions which are designed to overcome the data network bottlenecks and deliver superior performance without sacrificing scalability, storage bandwidth, or overall capacity, customers can maximize their investment.

"Asigra is a well-established leader in cloud-based backup and recovery offerings and BlueArc has worked closely with them to deliver the industry's highest performing platform for storage vault scalability," said Bridget Warwick, vice president of marketing for BlueArc. "Together, BlueArc and Asigra form a winning combination of high performance data protection and storage efficiency, allowing our joint customers to deliver outstanding value with best of breed technology."

"The combination of Asigra with BlueArc storage solutions provides a unique high-value proposition for both enterprises and service providers," said Marc Staimer, president of Dragon Slayer Consulting. "Asigra's industry-leading autonomic healing, which helps ensure full data recovery, is paired with BlueArc's best of breed storage performance and scalability, allowing customers to scale their storage vaults to meet the needs of their business."

Secure, Automated Backup and Recovery

Data integrity is a top concern for organizations and Asigra brings the first backup and recovery software to receive FIPS 140-2 NIST certification. Whether deployed in a public or private cloud, encryption functions are kept in a separate library, allowing certification of AES encryption, random number generation, digital signature and HMAC certification. Organizations can take advantage of the new password rotation feature that provides the option of automatically generating and changing passwords at random for specific user accounts so unauthorized persons cannot access the account or the data. These new security features continue to reinforce the tremendous value Asigra and BlueArc provide for the most secure data protection offering available today.

The Asigra backup and recovery platform supports service providers in providing significant efficiency advantages. These include faster and automated backup and recovery, integrated data discovery, reduction and archival technologies, bandwidth optimization and capacity optimization. The Asigra software platform is agentless and comes integrated with all capabilities under a single code base architecture so that only the dynamic data is captured on a regular basis and the persistent data is captured during the initial backup only. Persistent, active and inactive data is managed differently on different cost structures (Buy/Manage/Maintain less software and hardware + Reclaim/Reuse/Recycle storage resources) to align the value of business information with the cost of protecting it.

"Having a storage platform partner in BlueArc enables Asigra to answer the demanding requirements our service provider and enterprise users require as backup needs change -- not just incrementally but significantly. Backup and recovery needs to be dramatically efficient to reduce resource requirements and support the strategic IT initiatives of an organization," says Eran Farajun, Executive Vice President for Asigra. "BlueArc storage solutions fuel the Asigra platform to bring greater optimization, cost-efficiency and modernization to end users by addressing these challenging requirements."

About Asigra

Asigra's Hybrid Cloud Backup and Recovery software is the industry's most efficient, agile, scalable and cost-effective backup and recovery platform on the market today, helping organizations save time, money and resources by automating routine tasks and ensuring that information is recoverable when required. Leading organizations around the world apply these savings to projects of higher strategic and personal value. Asigra's Day One ROI™ is driven by flexible business options, low up-front investment and the enormous value of low-touch agentless architecture. The company and its products have been widely acclaimed by leading partners such as SunGard, HP, CDW and Ingram Micro and renowned customers such as Red Cross, Jet Blue and the National Weather Service. Asigra is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices globally. For more information, visit

About BlueArc

BlueArc partners with customers to solve their storage and data management-related business challenges. BlueArc's best-of-breed, high-performance, highly scalable and cost-effective storage solutions help to accelerate our customers' success. Information about BlueArc solutions and services can be found at

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