Feeds

Isilon soups up chips in clustered storage boxes

Makes a really big deal over it

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Isilon Systems is upgrading the chips in its IQ line of clustered storage systems, and is rebranding the systems as the "IQ X-Series" in honor of the hardware refresh.

The new systems will use the Intel dual-core Xeon 5100 series of processors, swapping out the single-core chip used in earlier IQ systems. The company claims the change increases performance in data write and random access by up to 60 per cent over previous systems, and decreases energy consumption by 20 per cent, per node.

The X-Series makeover covers the 1.92TB per node IQ 1920 system through to the top-of-the-line 12TB per node IQ 12000.

Isilon has also been extending its partnerships to prep software for the near gear. The boxes are now certified to work with VMware ESX Server 3.0, as well as Cisco's Wide Area Application Services.

Capacity (and apparently price) will stay the same for the time being. As with the IQ boxes, the X-Series units can be combined to create clustered storage that scales to more than 1.6PB of capacity in a single file system and single volume. The list price on the high-end IQ 12000 is about $47,300 per node.

A product name change over a chip is a tad...extreme. But Isilon is doubtlessly looking for any old excuse to reintroduce itself to the market.

Clustered storage may, in fact, be the next best thing as many storage firms insist. But the emphasis is apparently strong on next, as in not at present. Isilon has been haunted by disappointing revenue and a wilting stock price since the company went public in Dec. of 2006. Whether the market won't appear or the company is a victim of overzealous Wall Street expectations is still arguable.

Either way, Isilon still has plenty of competition in the clustered NAS game from other startups such as Panasas and ActiveStor, as well as huge vendors like NetApp and EMC. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future
Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Bitcasa bins $10-a-month Infinite storage offer
Firm cites 'low demand' plus 'abusers'
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
CAGE MATCH: Microsoft, Dell open co-located bit barns in Oz
Whole new species of XaaS spawning in the antipodes
Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre
A less painful way to run Microsoft’s private cloud
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.