BlueArc pushes into midrange

By Ann Silverthorn

—BlueArc, generally known for its high-end NAS arrays, today introduced a new version of its Titan series targeted at the midrange market. Titan 1100 is priced from $75,000, which is about 25% lower than the company's existing entry-level system.

Some vendors bring their products downstream by giving them "lite" versions of the software that runs on the array. In contrast, the Titan 1100 has the same architecture (SiliconServer), firmware, and software suite as the higher-end Titan 2000 arrays. And, for instance, BlueArc's Data Migrator software actually costs less in the Titan 1100 than in the 2000 system.

BlueArc officials cite Network Appliance's FAS 3070 as its major competitor, but the Titan 1100 also competes to varying degrees with platforms from vendors such as EMC, Hewlett-Packard, and Hitachi Data Systems—although HDS has an OEM relationship with BlueArc.

The Titan 1100 supports two-node clustering, a four-blade chassis, four Gigabit Ethernet ports, and four Fibre Channel ports. The systems can be clustered via two 10Gbps Ethernet ports, and each 1100 can scale up to 128TB of capacity. Software functionality includes data management, virtualization, archiving, security, disaster recovery, remote replication, and synchronous/asynchronous mirroring. Company officials position the array as a nearline and archive storage system.

Users can create "in-the-box" tiered storage with a mix of Fibre Channel and SATA drives, as well as write once, read many (WORM)-protected disks.

In terms of performance, BlueArc claims up to 2.5Gbps throughput and up to 50,000 I/Os per second (IOPS) based on the SPECsfs benchmark suite.

Shipments begin next month.

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This article was originally published on November 27, 2007