SOURCE: BlueArc

March 04, 2008 08:00 ET

Brocade and BlueArc Partner to Simplify File Management in Distributed, Heterogeneous IT Environments

BlueArc Provides Industry-Leading File Virtualization, Migration, and Replication Solutions With Brocade StorageX

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2008) - Brocade® (NASDAQ: BRCD), a leader in data center networking solutions that help enterprises connect and manage their information, and BlueArc® Corporation, a market leader in scalable, high-performance unified network storage, today announced a reseller agreement whereby BlueArc will resell the Brocade StorageX® file virtualization and management software solution. Through the agreement, BlueArc will offer its customers the industry-leading Brocade StorageX solution for file virtualization, migration, and replication. Brocade StorageX solves today's most pressing file management challenges in distributed heterogeneous environments, including migration, consolidation, remote office data management, centralized backup, business continuity, and disaster recovery.

"As the number and size of files continue to grow, customers need more efficient and cost-effective file management," said Don Jaworski, Vice President and General Manager of the Brocade Files Division. "The addition of Brocade StorageX to the BlueArc Titan portfolio provides BlueArc customers with a best-in-class solution to help them simplify the management of their ever-increasing amounts of file data."

With Brocade StorageX, BlueArc will be able to expand its portfolio and offer an end-to-end solution with the capability to virtualize heterogeneous file systems and present a consolidated view of all enterprise files. BlueArc customers who deploy Brocade StorageX will gain benefits such as:

--  Increased administrator and end-user productivity by automating key
    data management tasks, including migration, consolidation, and replication
--  Improved business continuity with transparent failover of user access
    to replicated file data at a secondary site in the event of an outage or
    disaster
--  Centralized backup for remote offices, leading to improved file data
    protection and availability
    

"Brocade StorageX enables centralized management of file data in heterogeneous, distributed IT environments," said Steve Daheb, vice president of marketing and business development, BlueArc. "By combining Brocade StorageX with BlueArc's Titan 3000 platform, our customers will be able to more efficiently consolidate, migrate and manage their growing amounts of file data, while enabling operational flexibility and improving IT efficiency."

About Brocade

Brocade is a leading provider of data center networking solutions that help organizations connect, share, and manage their information in the most efficient manner. Organizations that use Brocade products and services are better able to optimize their IT infrastructures and ensure compliant data management. For more information, visit the Brocade Web site at www.brocade.com or contact the company at info@brocade.com.

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. BlueArc products support both network attached storage, or NAS, and storage area network, or SAN, services on a converged network storage platform.

BlueArc enables companies to expand the ways they explore, discover, research, create, process, and innovate in data-intensive environments. BlueArc 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, BlueArc believes that its energy-efficient design and its products' ability to consolidate legacy storage infrastructures, dramatically increases storage utilization rates and reduces customers' total cost of ownership. Information about BlueArc solutions and services can be found at www.bluearc.com.

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