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BlueArc Branches Out

BlueArc Corp., in danger of burning through whats left of its $157 million in funding, today added software enhancements to its Titan NAS system. The goal: to make its wares more appealing to mainstream customers.

BlueArc’s first major release for the Titan since it was launched in 2004 includes virtual servers, policy-based data migration, iSCSI support, remote volume mirroring, and WORM file system support (see BlueArc Titan to Battle Giants). Each feature is available as a separate license per Titan, running approximately $10,000 apiece.

BlueArc claims more than 150 customers, many in verticals such as life sciences, entertainment, CAD/CAM engineering, and Internet services (see Turner Studios Casts BlueArc and BlueArc Consolidates Life Sciences Firm). While the Titan was built as a high-performance system to handle the large file demands of those verticals, it lacked features such as disaster recovery, failover, and data protection required by mainstream NAS customers.

storage systems program manager Brad Nisbet says the new software is necessary for BlueArc to compete with Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP) and EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) – the two dominant enterprise NAS players (see IDC: Networked Storage Up).

“BlueArc has made its mark in particular verticals based on their high-performance hardware,” Nisbet says. “This is definitely a move to tap into more mainstream opportunities. This is a good step in the right direction, as the company will need to expand beyond vertical niches.”

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