Feeds

EMC-Isilon swallows software storage firm Likewise

Hot little NAS-enabler

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

EMC's Isilon business unit has splashed out and bought a fast-growing startup, Likewise, whose software both EMC and other OEMs and enterprises use to NAS-enable Unix- and Linux-based storage devices.

VC-funded Likewise Storage Services (LSS) says it offers a consistent security model for file-based access and cross-platform, unified storage across physical, virtual and cloud environments. It has integrated identity and access management and secure access to data from Windows, Unix and Linux systems. Supported protocols include SMB/CIFS 1.0, 2.0, 2.1, NFS 3.0 and the RESTful API.

OEMs which use the product include NAS vendors like HP and EMC-Isilon. LSS built on the previous Likewise CIFS platform that has been licensed by EMC-DataDomain, HP, Isilon and others. The LSS product is available through OEMs including EMC-Isilon, HP and Microsoft, or via a commercial licence from Likewise Software.

Microsoft SMB 2.2 support for Linux and Unix is in development. Ken Cheney, Likewise VP for marketing and business development, said: "For many IT organisations, block storage has been the only option for provisioning Microsoft application workloads. Block storage is complex and costly to administer.

"With Windows Server 8, workloads running on Hyper-V, as well Microsoft applications such as IIS and SQL Server, will be able to take advantage of the SMB 2.2 protocol, which aims to provide significant performance, reliability and scalability improvements unattainable with prior versions of SMB. The new SMB 2.2 has the potential to reduce the complexity and costs associated with block storage by enabling both application and user workloads to access file-based storage using NAS devices."

Other protocols in development include NFS 4.x, pNFS, HTTP/s, and WebDAV.

In December last year, Likewise announced its Data Analytics and Governance software to access, secure, manage and audit unstructured data – such as financial files, medical records, office documents, media and big data files – across multiple platforms. It integrates with Likewise Storage Services and has adapters that support NetApp, EMC-Celerra and other NAS filers.

Prior to that, in June 2011, the company sold an Active Directory Bridge business unit, which had gained 100,000 users, to BeyondTrust, in order to gain an undisclosed amount of capital to concentrate on the core LSS product area.

Likewise closed a $10m C-round in April 2009, that took total funding to $27m. Let's imagine the price paid equates to four times total funding price – Isilon will have paid around $108m for Likewise.

It must be seeing great potential for expanding sales here or else it sees the technology as absolutely core to its own efforts. The cloud angle is possibly pertinent in this regard. For example, Atmos object storage in the cloud might be NAS-enabled. Possibly there is a NAS + Hadoop play going on as well.

Isilon has secured its own technology and inherited OEM deals with HP, Microsoft and Riverbed, plus partnerships with NetApp and others. The future of those remains to be seen. The new Data Analytics and Governance technology might have relevance to EMC's initiatives in the GreenPlum and Documentum areas.

The news of the acquisition has been outed by Likewise CEO Barry Crist on the Likewise website. There is nothing on either the EMC or Isilon sites yet; an unexpected display of reticence. ®

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
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
AWS pulls desktop-as-a-service from the PC
Support for PCoIP protocol means zero clients can run cloudy desktops
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.