EMC buys Isilon for $2.25bn
Early Christmas shopping
Update Since this report was filed, EMC announced that it was buying Isilon for $2.25bn.
The New York Post is reporting that EMC has agreed to buy Isilon after weekend talks moved the parties past a price-difference roadblock.
It had been reported that Isilon's self valuation was too high for EMC, and CEO Joe Tucci said he would walk away from the deal.
To recap, Isilon offers clustered and scale-out file access storage that does far more for customers in rich media, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and other markets than EMC's Celerra filers can do. There is a presumption by BlueArc, Isilon, Panasas, DataDirect and other suppliers into such high performance markets that their systems are different in kind from mainstream clustered filers such as NetApp's FAS series. NetApp would disagree of course.
The popularity of specialised high scale-out clustered filers or object stores has reached such a pitch that mainstream system and storage suppliers now see a need to embrace this niche because it is becoming mainstream. IBM has introduced its SONAS products, HP bought Ibrix and Dell scooped up the assets of Exanet, and HDS has a partnership with BlueArc, leaving EMC out in the cold.
That's the logic behind the deal as seen from outside EMC. The speculation is that a deal could be announced later today. An EMC source has confirmed that the deal is going ahead. The price is said to be $2.3bn. ®
"Update Since this report was filed, EMC announced that it was buying EMC for $2.25bn."
How very Meta.
BA Dosn't Scale Beyond Two Heads???
Where do you get your information? BlueArc currently supports up to 8 nodes in a cluster and up to 10 PB resulting in 1,600,000 IOPS, that not enough for you? CNS is for binding file systems together in a single name space. Their file systems currently have a 256 TB limit but does anyone really want a file system bigger than that? Isilon brags about their 1FS scaling to 10PB but in reality how many of those exist today.....ZERO I bet. Think about doing a consistency check or a complete restore on a file system over 256TB let alone 10PB.
Isilon does NOT scale effectively because they cannot mix disparate disk types and capacities in the same cluster and that is why most of their customers have multiple clusters. BlueArc supports multiple disk types within a cluster and also has an HSM option.
But hey, it's all good because Isilon took the bullet and now EMC won't be interested in buying BA when they finally do go public.
"that their systems are different in kind from mainstream clustered filers such as NetApp's FAS series. NetApp would disagree of course."
I guess NetApp would agree, actually. And sell you an ONTAP8 Cluster-Mode System. 24 nodes, 28PB capacity. If you need more, there's always NetApp's StorageGRID...