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BlueArc Scales Up for Services

Plans high-end NAS hardware and prepares to dive into de-dupe and disaster recovery

BOSTON -- NAS specialist BlueArc discussed plans to bulk up its hardware as the basis for a set of third-party file services at an analyst and media meeting here today.

"There's no doubt about where the growth of data creation is coming -- it's file-based, unstructured data," explained BlueArc CEO Mike Gustafson, highlighting demand from data intensive markets such as genomic sequencing, image rendering and the oil and gas industries, as well as emerging markets such as Web analytics.

Execs explained that enhancements to BlueArc's flagship Titan family are in the pipeline, which are likely to include a performance hike on its 2-Pbyte Titan 2000 Series. "This will include increased I/O and throughput," said Gustafson. "The horsepower in our system has the capability to be a lot, lot more."

"In media and entertainment, for example, where shots have gone from a resolution of 2,000 to 4,000 pixels, it creates a 50-Mbyte file per frame," said the CEO, adding that over 200,000 frames are used in creating some of the latest Hollywood blockbuster movies.

The vendor is also planning to add a set of file services to a future release of its hardware, including content indexing, data reduction, virtualization, and disaster recovery. Additional file services will include data de-duplication, although BlueArc execs were tight-lipped on who will provide this.

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