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BlueArc Steps Into Secondary Storage

NAS specialist BlueArc is expanding its focus from primary to secondary storage, unveiling a high-density nearline solution and a number of software upgrades.

Earlier today the vendor took the wraps off the SA-48, a RAID 6 array OEM'd from Xyratex. The four-rack-unit-high enclosure can support up to 48 drives, four times the density of the vendor's previous NAS enclosures, and it is aimed squarely at secondary storage applications.

"There has been an explosion of unstructured data, from powerpoints to social networking and content sharing," says Jon Affeld, BlueArc's senior director of product marketing, explaining that the vendor was keen to get into the secondary storage market.

Deployed as a cluster with BlueArc's Titan NAS heads, the SA-48 offers a maximum capacity of 2 Pbytes, compared to the previous limit of 512 Tbytes, he adds.

The high-density array represents a step into new territory for BlueArc, according to Marc Staimer, president of analyst firm Dragon Slayer consulting. "It's meant for secondary storage -- it's for snapshots and backups, things that you're not hitting on a day-to-day basis," he says, explaining that this is a departure from BlueArc's traditional focus on primary storage.

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