September 07, 2011, 4:51 PM — Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) today acquired high-end network-attached storage (NAS) vendor BlueArc in an all-cash deal.
HDS declined to disclose the value of the deal.
HDS has been reselling BlueArc's NAS systems for the past five years.
The impending deal was kept under close wraps, according to Bruce Householder, senior vice president of worldwide marketing and business development at HDS. "From my standpoint most companies would like to keep deals under wraps. I'm glad that we did."
BlueArc sells enterprise-class NAS arrays that serve up file-based data to application servers. The company's Titan and Mercury series file servers scale up to 16PB and eight nodes through the use of clustering technology.
The company also offers block-based storage arrays in its RS-line of products .
BluArc's products are based on the proprietary SiliconFS File System , which provides a single, unified storage management console that lets applications servers access data via CIFS, NFS and iSCSI protocols.
San Jose-based BlueArc has about 300 employees and last year reported about $85.5 million in sales. Householder said BlueArc has about 1,000 customers, half of which purchased its NAS arrays through HDS.
HDS, a subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., is based in Santa Clara, Calif. and has about 3,200 employees. Last year, the parent firm reported $112.4 billion in sales.
HDS sells large data storage systems for mid-size and large corporations.
The company's flagship Hitachi Universal Storage Platform VM (USP-V) system combines tens to hundreds of disk drives into a single virtual pool of capacity that can be carved up for applications. The system can automatically expand capacity depending on business demands.
Householder said BlueArc's NAS gateway systems are already tightly integrated with Hitachi's enterprise-class Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform storage controller, allowing file-based data to be served from HDS storage arrays.
Householder said sales of HDS's file and content products, which include the BlueArc systems, have been growing faster than HDS's overall growth rate.