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BlueArc Bulks Up Clustered NAS & File Services

BlueArc finally unveiled its family of high-end NAS products today, attempting to ride the growing wave of unstructured data storage solutions.

BlueArc hinted during its event for media and analysts in Boston last week that it was aiming to bulk up its flagship Titan hardware. This morning, BlueArc took the wraps off its high-end 3000 Series device and unveiled a raft of partnerships.

As part of BlueArc's ongoing attempts to challenge EMC and NetApp, the company extended its OEM deal with HDS, which will sell the BlueArc hardware as the NAS Platform 3000 Series.

BlueArc has also opened up a set of APIs on the 3000 series, which will be used to deliver file-based services from third-party vendors. The first real glimpse of this strategy was this morning, when BlueArc announced plans to offer search, indexing, and classification services from HDS on the Titan 3000 series.

HDS is not the only vendor that BlueArc is getting close to at the moment. The startup also inked a partnership with Brocade today to resell that vendor's StorageX file virtualization solution.

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