SOURCE: BlueArc

September 20, 2007 08:00 ET

Purdue University Turns to BlueArc Storage Solution to Help Manage Unpredictability Faced by Scientific Research

Scalable System Delivers Consistent Performance Through Extremes in Demand

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - September 20, 2007) - BlueArc® Corporation, a leader in scalable, high-performance unified network storage, today announced that the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing at Purdue University has deployed a Titan 2000 network storage system to act as a key infrastructure component supporting the university's critical research computation. With the Titan in place, the center is able to handle the massive data sets generated by scientists' advanced research in life science and climate modeling, and scale its storage to accommodate a large number of clients.

"We don't have a great deal of predictability and we don't know what is going to happen day to day, so we need something that gives us a lot of flexibility on performance. Small databases, large files, we don't know what will come our way," said Bruce Loftis, managing director of the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing, at Purdue University. "We needed a solution that can scale high in storage capacity, but also handle hundreds of nodes simultaneously."

The Rosen Center is part of Purdue University's overall IT organization, which centrally manages and administers information technology important to the University's day-to-day business functions as well as research and teaching activities. A wide range of applications requires that the center develop and maintain a storage system that is flexible enough to excel at both large files and small files, reads and writes. Aggressive research initiatives related to remote sensing, climate modeling and nanotechnology are among the diverse range of high-performance computing applications and data sets that are driving storage requirements.

As a result of its integration of the Titan, the Rosen Center expects to dramatically improve the flexibility and scalability of its storage system, allowing thousands of scientists, faculty members and graduate students to run simulations and conduct sophisticated analysis. For instance, the Titan will enable the University's life science researchers to process massive amounts of information from their projects' robotic and digital instrumentation, with confidence that performance should not be compromised by increases in sample frequency and data runs.

Over the long term, the BlueArc Titan system is expected to be an important part of the Rosen Center's plans for cost-effective growth. In addition to supporting growing user and data demands, the Titan also can be utilized as a NAS gateway, accommodating multiple types of disk, and enabling the University to both realize value of its past and future storage investments.

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 http://www.bluearc.com/.

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