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DataDirect Networks and BlueArc Team Up to Offer Scalable Blueprint for Special Effects Creation and Animation

Integrated High-Performance Platform Validated By Leaders in VFX and 3-D Animation

CHATSWORTH, CA and SAN JOSE, CA — (September 10, 2010) — DataDirect Networks (DDN), the leading data infrastructure provider for the world’s most scalable, content-intensive enterprises, and BlueArc, a leader in scalable, high-performance network storage systems, today announced they will be highlighting the success of their joint, total-workflow storage solution for visual special effects (VFX) and rendering at the upcoming IBC 2010 exhibition in Amsterdam. By combining DDN’s industry-leading S2A6620 storage array and BlueArc’s highest-performance silicon-based file storage platforms the companies provide unmatched and dynamic speed and scalability to create a consolidated full-workflow solution for visual special effects, rendering, and animation.

BlueArc’s SiliconFS™ and family of storage platforms have been certified for interoperability with DDN’s Silicon Storage Architecture™ (S2A™) Storage Systems and are currently installed together at leading media production organizations. One such customer of this new reference architecture is Dr. D Studios, a Sydney, Australia-based digital production studio whose work includes the soon-to-be-released Happy Feet 2 in 3D.

“By combining BlueArc’s SiliconFS-based NAS platforms and DDN 6620 storage arrays, we’ve found a great solution to support our mission-critical film production schedule,” said Kim Pearce, Render and Data Operations Manager, Dr. D Studios. “Data transfer rates to and from BlueArc/DDN over NFS are the fastest I’ve seen. Now we can ensure greater data integrity via our disaster recovery mirror, without impacting performance. Moreover, as new projects have come online, the solution has easily grown with our requirements.”

The combined BlueArc and DDN solution is available from both companies’ direct sales forces as well as from BlueArc channel partners.

“BlueArc platforms are the ideal complement for DDN’s modular, high-efficiency S2A6620 systems and resolve many of the pain points of scalable rendering and VFX organizations,” said Jeff Denworth, DDN Vice President of Marketing. “Together with BlueArc, DDN is now offering to the marketplace world- leading IOPS, bandwidth, density and energy efficiency all rolled into an integrated, simple-to-manage and very scalable solution.”

“VFX houses need to increase the productivity of their post production workflow and only storage solutions that utilize a silicon-based architecture have the ability to deliver the highest I/O performance required to meet tight deadlines,” said Bridget Warwick, BlueArc Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. “The unique high density storage array from DDN and the silicon based architecture of BlueArc’s SiliconFS file system meet the needs of the most demanding VFX environments.”

In the DDN booth at IBC Hall 7, booth C30, there are DDN and BlueArc staff who can discuss the BlueArc Mercury and DDN 6620 products there on display.

About BlueArc

At BlueArc, we know that lightning fast storage is the accelerator to your driving great visual results. In media and entertainment, we deliver stop watch metrics: reducing rendering times from hours to minutes, and file access times from minutes to seconds. In CGI development, quality and speed are vital. BlueArc lets artists create more revisions and dramatically speeds render farm output fueling extraordinary productions on schedule while reducing costs. BlueArc’s Storage solutions scale with your digital workflow and BlueArc’s tiered storage enables a more cost effective digital workflow. Scale Bigger, Store Smarter, and Accelerate Everything.