BlueArc adds controllers to Titan NAS serve

BlueArc is adding Fibre Channel and Serial ATA (SATA) controllers from Engenio Information Technologies to its Titan SiliconServer, a network-attached storage (NAS) server.

The announcement means BlueArc users can now use SATA disks alongside their Fibre Channel disks and customers with Engenio storage controllers can benefit from the performance of Titan without replacing their current storage infrastructure.

"It gives us access to Engenio's customer base and allows them to integrate Titan into their storage environments. It's a great opportunity for both of us," said Geoff Barrall, executive vice president and chief technology officer at BlueArc.

Engenio is a subsidiary of LSI Logic and was expected to go public in the fourth quarter. However, because of depressed market conditions its initial public offering has been delayed.

Last month BlueArc signed a deal with Brocade Communications Systems to use that company's SilkWorm 3250 eight-port switch or SilkWorm 3850 16-port switch in its Titan SiliconServer. Titan allows a single file system to grow up to 256TB and delivers throughput of up to 20GBps. It is aimed primarily at on-demand computing environments.

BlueArc competes with EMC and Network Appliance in the network attached storage (NAS) market. The six-year-old company also competes with the storage area network (SAN) market. According to market research firm IDC, the NAS market is expected to grow around 15 percent between 2003 and 2008.

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