Feeds

Isilon soups up chips in clustered storage boxes

Makes a really big deal over it

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

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. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead
Bring your own disks to its object appliances
Nimble's latest mutants GORGE themselves on unlucky forerunners
Crossing Sandy Bridges without stopping for breath
A beheading in EMC's ViPR lair? Software's big cheese to advise CEO
Changes amid rivalry in the storage snake pit
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
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.