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BlueArc Buddies Up to Brocade for Switches

Customers with storage networks continue to push vendors for increased data availability based on shifting workloads. Storage systems vendor BlueArc came up with its own remedy, announcing Tuesday that it will use computing switches from Brocade Communications Systems.

BlueArc's Titan SiliconServer will now ship with Brocade's SilkWorm 3250 8-port switch or SilkWorm 3850 16-port switch to improve the delivery and management of data for customers. The SilkWorm draw is that the switches help storage networks grow without data disruption.

BlueArc will continue to employ switches from Vixel in its Si8000 line of network-attached storage (NAS) machines.

Partnering with Brocade , whose switches help route data quickly and reliably and whose reputation as a solid original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is strong, was the answer according to BlueArc Director of Marketing Jim Schaff.

Schaff told internetnews.com that BlueArc, in the second quarter of shipping Titan SiliconServer, is finding that adding Brocade's name to its product mix is enabling it to attract more attention from customers who know the brand name as a "gold standard in the enterprise."

Launched last January, Titan allows a single file system to grow up to 256 terabytes -- greater than most single systems today -- and delivers throughput of up to 20 Gigabits per second (Gbps).

The company's SiliconServer Architecture allows Titan to adapt as application or capacity needs change, making it an attractive product for on-demand computing environments.

BlueArc competes with EMC and Network Appliance in the NAS market, which is traditionally a multi-billion-dollar market, although not as strong as the storage area network (SAN) alternative.

Schaff said BlueArc increasingly finds itself bumping up against rivals in the SAN market because of the ability of SiliconServer to penetrate enterprise accounts. BlueArc goes head-to-head with IBM, HP and Hitachi Data Systems there, Schaff said, because Titan is good for customers whose NAS systems aren't scaling as much as they'd like.

The deal is also another win for Brocade, which continues to grab enterprise customers as it competes with Cisco Systems and McData in the storage networking infrastructure space.