DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - October 15, 2008) - Storage Networking World -- Ocarina Networks today announced that BlueArc Corporation, the leader in scalable, high-performance unified network storage, will join the company's ECOsphere partner program, enabling customers in data-driven vertical markets and enterprises focused on storage consolidation to optimize their capacity without impacting end user access or response times.

Ocarina has worked closely with BlueArc to develop a version of its content-aware compression and deduplication offering for primary storage for the company's Titan NAS product line. BlueArc customers can now greatly expand the storage capacity of their primary storage solutions in response to IT organization's desire to maximize the value of their systems while reducing operating costs.

Unstructured data, including rich media content, e-mail, and compound documents such as Microsoft Office and PDF files, pose a problem for inline compression and sliding block deduplication solutions. Ocarina's content-aware solution provides unmatched results on these types where traditional offerings fall short. The Ocarina solution is uniquely equipped to help companies in a range of industries deal with a massive growth in data, including digital images and video, image archives for healthcare, seismic archives for oil and gas, post-production graphics for movie studios and game developers, as well as the needs of the horizontal marketplace.

The Ocarina ECOsphere partner program, which BlueArc joins today, allows storage vendors to certify and integrate the Ocarina solution with their storage platform to provide a complete capacity-optimized storage solution, allowing customers to efficiently store huge amounts of file data in a single namespace on a single storage platform.

The companies' combined solution allows one or more Ocarina appliances to be used as content-aware compression and dedupe co-processors attached to the BlueArc Titan storage system, leveraging BlueArc's cross volume link features to make it possible to create a compressed and deduplicated tier of storage inside the BlueArc system that is transparently part of their single namespace.

"The seamless integration of Ocarina for primary deduplication and compression with Titan enables our customers to reduce their capacity demands while recognizing world-record performance," said Steve Daheb, senior vice president of marketing and business development of BlueArc. "The joint solution helps data-driven customers reduce their costs while continuing to focus on growing their business."

"BlueArc is known for highest performance network storage. By working together in partnership, our customers can leverage the industry-leading performance of BlueArc, while creating a new tier of capacity optimized storage," said Murli Thirumale, CEO of Ocarina Networks. "BlueArc's focus on data intensive markets, such as electronic discovery, entertainment, Internet services, oil and gas and life sciences, aligns perfectly with the capabilities of our solutions, making this a logical partnership with real benefits for end users."

The Ocarina/BlueArc bundle will be available for purchase in Q4 2008.

About Ocarina

Ocarina is a leader in online storage optimization solutions. Organizations of all sizes use Ocarina's content-aware optimization technology to reduce their storage footprint and achieve a ten-fold capacity increase on their current storage systems. Based in San Jose, Calif., Ocarina is privately-held and financed by leading investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Highland Capital Partners. For more information, visit www.ocarinanetworks.com.

About BlueArc

BlueArc is a leading provider of high-performance unified network storage systems to enterprise markets, as well as data intensive markets, such as electronic discovery, entertainment, federal government, higher education, Internet services, oil and gas and life sciences. Our products support both network attached storage, or NAS, and storage area network, or SAN, services on a converged network storage platform.

We enable companies to expand the ways they explore, discover, research, create, process and innovate in data-intensive environments. Our products replace complex and performance-limited products with high performance, scalable and easy to use systems capable of handling the most data intensive applications and environments. Further, we believe that our energy efficient design and our products' ability to consolidate legacy storage infrastructures, dramatically increases storage utilization rates and reduces our customers' total cost of ownership. Information about BlueArc solutions and services can be found at http://www.bluearc.com/.

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