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|Type||Subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd.|
|Industry||Data storage devices|
|Headquarters||San Jose, California|
|Key people||Mike Gustafson, President and CEO|
|Products||Titan 1100, 2100, 2200, 2500, 3100 and 3200|
|Parent||Hitachi Data Systems Corporation|
BlueArc Corporation is a network storage device manufacturer headquartered in San Jose, California. BlueArc was founded in 1998 by Geoff Barrall, Jeff Pinkham and Jon Meyer. Initially based in the UK, BlueArc transitioned its HQ to the US (Mountain View) in 2000 and became a US corporation at that time although still maintains a sizable engineering facility in England. The company moved to San Jose in July 2001. BlueArc was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems on September 7, 2011.
BlueArc's products are network attached storage (NAS) systems that are sold either as appliances bundled with storage, or as NAS heads supporting third party SAN connected storage. The current product line includes the low-end 1000 series, midrange 2000 series and high-end 3000 series. The products are differentiated by their performance, capacity and host port connectivity.
The primary differentiating feature of the BlueArc's NAS products in comparison to their competition is BlueArc's heavy reliance on FPGA's, or field programmable gate arrays. The FPGA's provide hardware acceleration of processing which typically occurs in software running on general purpose CPU's on competing products. As a result, BlueArc is able to provide high performance for a single system or node. Another feature of BlueArc's products is their ability to be clustered together into groups of up to 8 nodes. Some competing systems from Isilon, and NetApp offer similar clustering capabilities.
BlueArc competes with offerings from companies such as EMC, NetApp, Sun Microsystems and smaller companies including Isilon. The company distributes its products on a direct basis, through third-party resellers, and by OEM partners, including a 5-year global agreement with Hitachi Data Systems.
BlueArc's product line is differentiated through its hardware architecture, founded on FPGA technology. BlueArc holds the world record for single system and dual system performance on SPECsfs, an NFS test provided by SPEC.org.
On September 7, 2011, BlueArc, Inc. was officially acquired by Hitachi Data Systems (HDS).
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- HDS, BlueArc in Big NAS Deal
- BlueArc Titan 3200 Storage System Sets New Record for Network Storage Performance
- All SPEC SFS97_R1 Results
- "Hitachi Data Systems Announces Acquisition of BlueArc". Hitachi Data Systems Corporation. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-08.