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HDS, BlueArc in Big NAS Deal

After weeks of speculation, HDS finally signed a five-year OEM deal with BlueArc in an attempt to bolster its high-end NAS position. (See Hitachi Signs BlueArc OEM.)

Speaking on a conference call this morning, Dave Roberson, the Hitachi CEO, explained that he has had his eye on the storage side of the high-performance computing (HPC) market for some time. "We believe that there has been a lot of work done on the compute side, but there's a strong need for storage to support" that computing power, he said.

The exec explained that Hitachi looked at "a number of alternatives," before settling on BlueArc, which beefed up its Titan family of NAS boxes with the launch of the Titan 2000 earlier this year. (See BlueArc Beefs Up Titan, BlueArc: The Game Has Changed, and BlueArc Returns to Trough.)

The Titan 2000 will now be rebranded as the Hitachi high-performance NAS platform, a 512-Tbyte storage system which Hitachi is touting as a challenger to EMC's Celerra device and NetApp's FAS and V Series products.

Scalability has traditionally been cited as a weak point of NAS, although a number of vendors are now touting NAS platforms that have no theoretical limit in either physical storage or global namespace. (See The Outer Limits of NAS and NAS Roadmap .)

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