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EMC's new Isilon models are great little performers – but why no capacity increase?

EMC's Isilon has introduced two new go-faster products and a refresh release of its OneFS operating system, increasing performance and extending access protocol support – but not increasing capacity. The new models from the scale-out filer business offer a twofold performance increase, and there are two of them. In the high- …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2014
Phil Bullinger

EMC pinches top Oracle engineer and Microsoft bod for Isilon

EMC's scale-out filer shipper Isilon is scaling up its organisation; Oracle's top storage SVP, Phil Bullinger, is moving from the Redwood Shores-headquartered firm to EMC subsidiary Isilon, and a Microsoftie is coming aboard as Isilon's COO. Bullinger is joining EMC's Isilon unit as its senior veep for engineering and operations …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2013

EMC dishes up 8 times more cache to hungry Isilon PAN

EMC is adding more performance grunt to its Isilon scale-out cluster Performance Accelerator Node (PAN) by replacing it with a new box featuring eight times more level 1 cache. The 256GB of L1 cache in the forthcoming A100 PAN means more data can be held in memory. The aggregate throughput per node is 1,100MB/sec. It's not a …
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2013

Isilon OneFS snorts dedupe magic

EMC is preparing the next version of its Isilon OneFS NAS operating system, and is giving the technology a deduplication capability and support for object storage. The next version of Isilon will integrate with EMC's ambitious software-defined storage ViPR technology, along with support for APIs from Amazon S3 and Atmos, Hadoop …
Jack Clark, 08 May 2013
The Register breaking news

Dell's Compellent beats Isilon with 85 per cent fewer nodes

Dell has beaten a 56-node Isilon system's file-serving benchmark performance with just eight nodes - and flash file access punch. The benchmark is the SPECsfs2008 NFS file-serving one and Dell's Compellent system achieved 494,000 IOPS with 8 nodes, each having 12 fast SLC flash drives and 120 slower MLC flash drives; an all- …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2013

It's a CLUSTERPLUCK: Isilon array gobbles 4TB drives

Isilon, EMC's scale-out filer product, now stores 33 per cent more data after adding support for 4TB disk drives. It used to top out at just over 15PB in a single pool, with an NL-Series system using 3TB SATA disks. Now it can store up to 20PB in a single volume with 4TB SATA spinners, and, EMC says, use 30 per cent less power …
Chris Mellor, 01 Feb 2013
A boffin

Benchmark bods reckon NetApp storage has the edge over Isilon

Analyst outfit DCIG rates NetApp over Isilon for private cloud storage. Which comes as a bit of a surprise to The Register's storage desk. DCIG produces buyers' guides and then sells the rights to distribute these guides to vendors. This raises a suspicion that top-ranked vendors have somehow influenced their position in the …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2013
Topgun fighters

Isilon feels need for speed, unleashes swarm of 'Mavericks'

EMC has released the "Mavericks" update of its Isilon scale-out filer operating system, OneFS, aiming to be the top scale-out filer gun in the enterprise sector. Isilon filers cluster together in swarms to produce more than 15 petabytes of file storage resources in a single pool with over 100GB/se of throughput and data striped …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2012
cloud

EMC Isilon stiffens penetration into NAS arena

EMC is making great progress attacking the scale-out NAS market with Isilon and trying to cap NetApp's growth there. NetApp has introduced ONTAP 8.1, its scale-out NAS clustering product, since EMC bought Isilon in late 2010. However, EMC ownership has boosted Isilon sales, as the chart from Stifel Nicolaus shows: EMC Isilon …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2012
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Isilon's iSCSI here to stay, insiders insist...quietly

Rumours of EMC Isilon abandoning iSCSI support in its scale-out filers have been denied by an EMC source Isilon's OneFS operating system for its clustered, scale-out filers, had iSCSI block access added in August 2010, before EMC bought the company. The EMC Isilon website has iSCSI material available on it, including a December …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2011
Isilon 3-node S200

Isilon Maverick flyboy in EMC World flyby

EMC's coming "Mavericks" Isilon software update aims to help it play nicely in the enterprise IT zone while keeping its scale-out NAS top gun title. Announced at EMC World, the upcoming "Mavericks" edition of Isilon's OneFS storage box operating system aims to make it more of a dependable racehorse, with role-based admin and …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2012

EMC-Isilon swallows software storage firm Likewise

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, …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2012
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Show us the big data money: Isilon gets Hadooped

EMC is betting big on big data analytics and has integrated the Hadoop filesystem into its Isilon scale-out filer offering and enabled its Greenplum analytics product to use Hadoop data. Hadoop is an object-style distributed and scalable open source filesystem (HDFS) implemented across a cluster of datanodes and a single …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2012
globalisation

Isilon bigs up up data capacity

Isilon has increased the capacity of its NL nearline archival system to 108TB by using 3TB drives. Isilon has a three-product lineup: the S-Series, which is focused on high-performance; the mid-range X-Series line; and the NL-Series, a system for archiving or nearline data. Isilon NL systems come with a maximum of 72TB of …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2011
For Sale sign detail

Cloudfather withdraws after Isilon blows it

The Wall Street Journal reports that EMC has lost interest in buying scale-out filer supplier Isilon. Isilon makes clustered filters that are used in movie post-production work and other applications with a great number of files needing multiple accesses. This is a growing application area unsuited to EMC's Celerra filer. It …
Chris Mellor, 05 Nov 2010
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NetApp punches Isilon right in the scaled-out clusters

NetApp doesn't do scale-out clustering, everyone knows that. Oh but it does, and it has whacked Isilon firmly in its scaled-out cluster with a SPECSfs2008 benchmark that is 36 per cent faster using half the disks and 116 fewer nodes. EMC Isilon was the top SPECsfs2008 NFS dog with 1,112,705 IOPS recorded from a 140-node S200 …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2011
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EMC buys Isilon for $2.25bn

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 …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2010
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Isilon on its separate scale-out reality

Isilon has said it has a NetApp differentiation problem with Sunnyvale's version of scale-out filing conflicting with its own. Meanwhile it is looking appreciatively at deduplication, server flash and running apps on its S-Series. El Reg was briefed by EMC Isilon's marketing VP Sam Grocott. He said Isilon "recorded around 60 per …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2011
cloud

Isilon scale-out filers get processor boost

EMC's Isilon unit has revved up its product range by adding two systems that use Intel Westmere and Nehalem processors, with more than twice as much file throughput for its top-end S200 system. Big data here we come... Isilon sells scale-out clustered filers, with an S-Series, which is optimised for sheer high-end grunt, a mid- …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2011
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Isilon may stay on Seattle scene

The gossip around the water coolers of the storage world is that EMC is going to run Isilon like VMware, as a separate business unit. This is unverified, but my source is quite respectable. The guy who told me heard it from the office cleaner who emptied the waste paper bin of an EMC exec so close to Pat Gelsinger that they use …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2010

Isilon adds iSCSI

Isilon is adding iSCSI block data access to its OneFS operating system, meaning its scale-out filer product is now a scale-out, unified storage product. There is a VMworld angle to this, with Isilon ferreting out a user, John Welter, technology VP at the North West Group, who said that with Isilon, "we can power our block …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2010
Not_ABBA

Take a chance on EMC: Bursts of aBBa spin up cloudy HPC goodness

EMC has developed a burst buffer technology that transforms its VNX mid-range enterprise storage into an HPC-class storage resource, with the aBBa cache providing the raw speed and the VNX the capacity. High-performance computing (HPC) has such enormous computing grunt that enterprise arrays, like VNX, can't keep up with either …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2014
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EMC in Isilon 'takeover talks'

EMC is in exclusive talks to buy Isilon, according to the New York Post. The NY Post is not the usual place to go for financial scoops, but the report sounds sensible. Such a purchase would fill a hole in EMC's product line-up, the EMC that sponsors the annual IDC reports about the gazillions of bytes of information being added …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2010
Redefine

EMC gives up the goods at storage shindig: VMAX3 speeds, feeds

EMC's been keeping quiet on the whole "how fast can this baby go" front when it comes to the VMAX3 range. But the storage vendor used its megalaunch – with its "Redefine Possible" tagline and futuristic look – to break its silence. So what's under the hood? EMC has extended VMAX to run more and different workloads. Each of “Gen …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2014
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Isilon doubles capacity

Isilon has doubled the capacity of its largest clusterable network-attached storage (NAS) system by using 2TB drives. The new model is called the IQ 72000X and houses 36 2TB Hitachi GST SATA drives in its 4U enclosure. Isilon says it means there is a 10PB single volume capacity in clustered form, with up to 144 nodes. Compared …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2009
fingers pointing at man

EMC raised Isilon bid four times

EMC started talking to Isilon in April, seven months ago, and raised its bid four times before Isilon agreed the $2.25bn bid earlier this month. According to an SEC Filing, Isilon's board had set up a Strategic Transactions Committee in late 2008 to assess strategic opportunities such as bids for the company. At that time Isilon …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2010
Isilon 3-node S200

Federal squeeze hits EMC as revenues and profits nose downwards

The US federal spending shutdown has hit EMC's results, causing declines in both revenues and profits compared to the previous quarter. In comparison, rivals VMware saw accelerated double-digit year-over-year revenue growth; no federal shutdown effect visible there. Third quarter revenues of $5.5bn were $100m less than the …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013
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Former Isilon CFO charged over secret customer deals

Isilon's former chief financial officer, Stuart Fuhlendorf, is being charged by the US SEC with cutting secret customer deals and reporting false and inflated sales results. According to a report the SEC has settled its dispute with Isilon over a resulting restatement of accounts for 2006 and 2007 which revealed $4.8m in …
Chris Mellor, 15 Sep 2009
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Isilon bellyflops into Smart Pools

Scale-out file storage supplier Isilon is clustering its clustered systems into Smart Pools with automatic data movement between them to provide better balanced storage resources across storage tiers for its customers' applications. Isilon supplies scale-out clusters for file storage: the S-Series for IOPS-focussed applications …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2010
VMAX3

EMC gobbles cloud upstart TwinStrata

EMC is buying startup TwinStrata and its cloud storage gateway technology, CloudArray. And the storage giant intends to provide public cloud access as an embedded data service for VMAX3 users. EMC's Information Infrastructure division – its core storage biz – has also announced new products for its flash, high-end enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2014
cloud

Isilon flashes up NAS clusters

Isilon, which makes scale-out NAS clusters up to 10PB in size, is turbo-charging them by adding NAND flash to speed metadata operations. The company's S-Series and X-Series product lines will have STEC flash drives added to hold file metadata, with user data files stored on hard disk drives as before. This will enable Isilon to …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2010
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Isilon's EMEA boss leaves

Isilon may be sending chief technology officer Paul Rutherford to run its Europe, Middle East and Africa operations, after the departure of Steve Jenkins, VP and general manager for Isilon EMEA, according to industry sources. Jeff Alsford, Isilon's EMEA director of technical services, is also leaving. Isilon recently announced …
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2009
Syncplicity EE

EMC adds Syncplicity updates to its feature overload to-do list

Just when EMC wanted to proclaim an updated Syncplicity secure file sync'n'share product, it sued Pure Storage for poaching EMC staff whom it accused of taking confidential information using … yes, you guessed it … Syncplicity. The gory details are detailed in the EMC legal document which you can download from the article above …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2013
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Isilon makes grab at NAS performance crown

Isilon's claimed SPEC benchmark score has shown just how good Exanet systems are - says Isilon. Isilon, which provides scale-out NAS clusters, has published the results of a Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) sfs2008 NFS benchmark for its IQ 5400S product. A 10-node 5400S cluster delivered 46,635 IOPS, with a …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2009
cloud

Isilon filer guarantees 80 per cent utilisation

Clustered filer supplier Isilon is offering a guarantee that its filers will give you more than 80 per cent storage utilisation, up to 3.45PB of file space, and cost less than a dollar a gig. In comparison, Pillar Data offers an 80 per cent storage utilisation guarantee on its Axiom block-level storage arrays. NetApp, meanwhile …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2009
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Isilon and a question of Big Data

Xiotech technology VP Rob Peglar has moved to Isilon, now an EMC business, to become chief technology officer (CTO) for the Americas. We interviewed Rob and asked him questions that reveal quite a lot about Isilon's prospects, big data, the role of flash in scale-out filers, reduplication and Isilon, and what we should think …
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2011
Tegile Zebi chassis

Tegile boots Dell array out of chemical biz. Dell responds: Tegile, who?

Hybrid array maker Tegile has kicked a Dell box out of chemical distributor Hawkins, the storage upstart claims, by replacing a Compellent array with one of its own systems. Tegile says this indicates the power of modern hybrid flash-disk arrays over traditional SANs. Tegile has also replaced a slow FlexPod system at another …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2014
Torpedo

EMC fires anti-Dropbox torpedo to sink off-site biz clouds

Data centre haunter EMC is testing its Isilon and Atmos storage systems with Syncplicity - the corporate-friendly Dropbox contender it bought in May. EMC gobbled Syncplicity specifically for its ability to share content and synchronise files in businesses' private clouds. It's hoped workers will be able to pass around sensitive …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jan 2013

EMC aims Elastic Cloud Storage band at Amazon, Google

EMC is in Vegas to gamble, and had all of its software-defined storage bets on show at its EMC World storagefest – everything from Project Nile and ViPR 2.0 to its massively scale-out ScaleIO server SAN. First up is its Amazon-attacking Project Nile, embodied as an Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) appliance. It was previewed in …
Chris Mellor, 06 May 2014
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Isilon clusters having swell time

Amazing what software can do. In May, Isilon's maximum capacity was 3.5 petabytes per cluster. Now, with new software, it can grow to over 5PB. Isilon sells scale-out NAS clusters with each IQ node running the OneFS operating system and acting as a peer in the cluster. Version 5.5 OneFS raises cluster capacity from 96 to 144 …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2009

Diagnostics tools ARE useful, but more for the vendor than me

It never ceases to amaze me that vendors believe that they can charge an additional fee for something which makes their product work properly, as it should have done in the first place. I believe certain products should be free and I struggle in many ways to understand why they're not. I can’t imagine they are sold an awful lot …
StorageBod, 23 Apr 2013
homeless man with sign

Isilon cuts staff, recruits NetApper

Scale-out NAS supplier Isilon has made a first quarter loss, fired about 40 people, and recruited another NetApp sales exec to bolster its executive ranks. Prelimanary results for the first quarter of 2009 show revenue in the $26.5m to $27m range, which is 10-12 per cent up on the year-ago quarter. But it's also 15 to 17 percent …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2009
Isilon 3-node S200

Storage rage: Like getting a nice steak and being told to only eat 80% of it

Despite compression, dedupe and other ways people try to reduce and manage the amount of data that they store, it still seems that many storage infrastructure managers tend to waste many thousands of pounds just by using it according to the vendor’s best practice. I spend a lot of my time with clustered file-systems of one type …
StorageBod, 12 Sep 2013
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Storage DEATHMATCH: Permabit v Isilon

Permabit has taken issue with our Isilon and a question of Big Data story, insisting that its Albireo deduplication technology can be applied to scale-out file data storage, and deliver a tenfold reduction in storage costs with no performance penalty. We had previously asked Isilon's chief technology officer for the Americas, …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2011

Top ten biz software vendors reveal Heartbleed exposure

The advent of the Heartbleed Open SSL vulnerability has enterprise software development teams scrambling to figure out if they have a problem, and the news is not always good. Vulture South has ploughed through the recently updated list of the world's top 10 software vendors. Here's how each fares. Microsoft is chilling out …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2014
VMSAX detail

Storage fan seeks 'mature' cash cow for 'something more'

It may come as a surprise to some people, especially reading this, but I quite like the Symmetrix (VMAX) as a platform. Sure, it's a bit long in the tooth - in marketing speak, "a mature platform". It's also a bit arcane at times - Symmetrix administrators sometimes speak a different language and use acronyms when a simple word …
StorageBod, 11 Mar 2013

EMC feels burn of declining demand for enterprise storage

EMC's share price dipped today after it revealed that fiscal Q1 profits crashed by close to a third on the back of rising operational costs and falling sales of enterprise kit. The world's largest maker of storage equipment reported sales of $5.48bn for the three months ended 31 March, with products down 3.3 per cent to $3.08bn …
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2014

Come watch us brandish our LONG TENT POLE, EMC tells world+dog

EMC is going on a Twitter tease trek with a series of tweets about Backup Independence Day on 10 July. Stephen Manley, the chief technology officer of EMC's Backup and Recovery Systems division has spaffed tweets left, right and centre: Backup Independence Day is coming - freedom from vendor lock-in, dedicated infrastructure, …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2013
Custer Massacre

Sources mutter of 'disarray' among EMC's quadruple object products

Two EMC insiders whisper to The Register that all is not well at the storage biz. They claim that EMC's object storage strategy is in complete disarray and that senior execs are locking horns over the wreckage. EMC, meanwhile, contends that its current multi-product, multi-teamed object storage strategy is working perfectly well …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2013
EMC's new Syncplicity apps

EMC puts on an 'appy face to box Box, Dropbox

EMC's attempt to do better in the world of share 'n' sync tools has given Microsoft a back door into iOS and Android. The back door comes in the form of new mobile apps for the information management company's Syncplicity service. EMC has, over the years, 'fessed up to a less-than-stellar outlook for its document management …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2014