June 17, 2008 08:00 ET

BlueArc Titan 3200 Storage System Sets New Record for Network Storage Performance

SPECsfs® System Benchmark Performance Extends Company's Lead Over Competition, Adds to Previously Held World Record

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - BlueArc® Corporation, a leader in scalable, high-performance unified network storage, today announced that its Titan 3200 storage system has achieved Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC®) system file server (sfs) benchmark results that double the company's world record for single-node system performance using a single namespace, and far exceed benchmarks for any other network storage solution on the market. *

A market-ready configuration connected via Fibre Channel fabric to six storage arrays with a total of 12GB cache memory and all standard protection services enabled delivered single server, SPECsfs97_R1.v3® performance of 194,909 ops/sec, with an overall response time (ORT) of 2.43 msec. This performance effectively doubles that of the BlueArc Titan 2200 storage system, which in March 2006 outperformed the world-record single server performance benchmark that had been set by its predecessor, the Titan 32, in 2004.

Distinguished by hardware-based architecture, consecutive generations of BlueArc technology consistently have returned the highest SPECsfs test results for a single server for the last four years. The latest performance milestone is at least double the performance of the best-performing conventional network storage technology offered by a leading competitor. In SPECsfs tests:

--  The BlueArc Titan 3200 server delivers 237 percent of the performance
    measured for Network Appliance's FAS6080.*
--  The BlueArc Titan 3200 also delivers 284 percent of the performance
    measured for Network Appliance's FAS3170.*

"Our customers turn to BlueArc unified storage solutions for performance essential to tasks as specialized as drug discovery, as far-reaching as global Internet and application services, and as urgent as the pursuit of new sources of energy," said Steve Daheb, senior vice president, marketing and business development, BlueArc. "Without an increase in system price, the BlueArc Titan 3200 storage system helps our customers reduce infrastructure cost and complexity even as they increase capacity and performance."

The Titan 3200 storage system not only outperforms the nearest competing product, but also delivers greater energy efficiency, which BlueArc estimates at one-fifth the cost of the competing system. The signature hardware-based architecture runs cooler and requires fewer devices for its workload, which ranges up to 1900 megabytes per second in throughput, 64,000 concurrent users, 256 terabytes of file system capacity and up to 4 petabytes of storage in a single namespace.

About the SPECsfs Benchmark

The SPECsfs97_R1.v3 benchmark measures NFS file server throughput and response times. The benchmark is based on a standardized workload consisting of mixed NFS input/output operations. This workload is progressively increased, generating ever higher results until the server reaches its maximum capability.

For more details about the SPECsfs benchmark and a current list of validated results, please visit

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

*SPEC and the benchmark name SPECsfs97_R1 are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Competitive benchmark results stated above reflect results published on as of June 16, 2008. The comparison presented above is based on Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.'s benchmark that measures NFS file server throughput and response time. For the latest SPECsfs97_R1 benchmark results, visit

Contact Information

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    Louis Gray
    BlueArc Corporation
    (408) 576-6684
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