Articles about Isilon

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Isilon dives into data lake with HD400

In order to help its customers dive into their data lakes and go insight fishing, EMC has updated its Isilon OneFS software and added a 60-slot high storage density box. The Isilon range of scale-out filers run the OneFS operating system and comprises A100 accelerator nodes, S200 and S210 performance-optimised primary storage …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2015
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Isilon's Americas chief techie jumps ship to Micron Technology

EMC's scale out storage product Isilon needs a new chief technology officer for the Americas. The incumbent, Rob Peglar, has taken a gig as veep of advanced storage solutions at Micron Technology, a purveyor of RAM, flash memory and solid state disks. Micron says Peglar is the kind of “top industry talent” it likes to hire “as …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2015
XMen 2

SFX studio uses Avere turbocharger to accelerate Isilon rocket

Comment Who would think a rocket needs a turbocharger? Yet data access from Isilon filers is being accelerated by front-end Avere FXT devices in a movie special effects rendering environment. Avere has previous in the SFX industry, having been used to render effects for the film Gravity, accelerating hardware-accelerated BlueArc …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2015

Huawei releases scaly NAS. Rival's Isilon sales increase. Oh dear

Wannabe Isilon-beater Huawei is showing its scale-out NAS product, the OceanStor 9000, at CeBit, saying it's the first scale-out filer designed for six-layer 4K UHD program production and editing. This system was announced in August 2013 at Interop in Las Vegas and has made, it appears, little progress since then. On paper it …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2015

Isilon brains trust flock to data-tastic upstart Qumulo

Storage startup Qumulo, founded by ex-Isilon execs, wants to get rid of the digital dumpsters it says are littering the file storage landscape by building a scale-out filesystem suitable for the flash age. It believes future storage will be software, using low-cost commodity hardware, functioning as an intelligent collaborator …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2015
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EMC slings Isilon onto a forklift, shifts it into Emerging Technologies

EMC is moving its Isilon scale-out storage systems into its Emerging Technologies division, alongside its DSSD, XtremIO and ViPR gear. ViPR was in the Advanced Software wing until that division's president Amitabh Srivastava was promoted to technical advisor to EMC II CEO David Goulden. Jeremy Burton, EMC president for products …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2014
Isilon 3-node S200

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 World 2013 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

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
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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

Nimble gets Leonard the channel Lion King

Flash storage vendor Nimble has secured the services of one of the grand old men of the industry with the appointment of Leonard Iventosch as vice president of worldwide channels. Iventosch is renowned for his channel expertise, with an 8-year stint at NetApp followed by 5 years at EMC/Isilon, EMC buying Isilon in 2010. He …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2015
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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

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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Diving for pearls of data just got easier, thanks to EMC/Hadoop deal

Customers can now buy Cloudera Hadoop from EMC to run on their Isilon arrays, diving into data lakes for those pearls of insight; essentially running on Isilon's scale-out NAS boxes (with their native HDFS support), rather than building a separate Hadoop storage silo using cheapo DIY nodes. Hadoop-distributing Cloudera is the …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2015

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
Qumulo QC208

Qumulo gets fat appliance alongside skinny fast one

Qumulo – the start-up building a better-than-Isilon scale-out NAS and staffed by Isilon vets – has launched a capacity-focused hardware product to complement its fast skinny one. Qumulo’s QC24 is a 1U appliance focused on performance, with 24TB of raw disk and 1.6TB of raw flash capacity (2 x 800GB eMLC SSDs) per node with the …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2015

Qumulo: What the scale-out NAS market has been waiting for

StorageBod One of the things I have been lamenting for some time with many vendors is that there's been a lack of truly credible alternatives to EMC’s Isilon product in the scale-out NAS space. There are some technologies out there that could compete, but they just seem to fall/fail at the last hurdle. There are also technologies packaged …
StorageBod, 20 Mar 2015

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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Dell's scaly-headed file system gets bigger and bitier

Dell's scale-out NAS Fluid File System filer head software has had a major upgrade for v4.0, with more controller RAM and support for larger files in a bigger namespace. FluidFS comes with the FS8600 appliance which can scale out to four nodes. It is pitched against industry-leader Isilon, with Dell saying: "The new version of …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2015
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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
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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

Isilon bigs up up data capacity

EMC World 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

Storage slump? Dunno what you're talking about, beams EMC

EMC basically saw off most signs of a storage slump with a two per cent revenue rise in its second quarter 2015, although with revenue being reduced after paying $75m in a VMware pricing settlement with the US government. Revenues of $5.98bn generated profits of $487m, 17 per cent down on profits a year ago, but still well …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2015
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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

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 …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2010

Avere's SwiftStack S3 hack tack

Avere can fix object storage's slow access problem, and is using Amazon's S3 to have its FXT box speed up SwiftStack. Object storage is not renowned for high performance access, not being on a par with filers and SANs. Avere's traditional schtick is to speed up filer data access. IO is supercharged with multiple levels of …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2015
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Zoom to the clouds: EMC signs kit deal with Ducati superbike racers

Ducati is hoping to make its motorbikes go faster in races by using Isilon arrays and EMC’s Syncplicity file sync'n'share software. Ducati racing bike Speedy: Ducati are to get their hands on EMC's Isilon and Syncplicity kit The Ducati Corse racing team gets the benefit of the Isilion and Syncplicity kit from this month on, …
Chris Mellor, 03 Sep 2014

EMC quietly wheels out GIANT SPYCAM MOVIE storage box

EMC has bought out a surveillance-specific VNX array and set up pre-configured Isilon filers for spy cam centre storage. EMC reckons surveillance people need CCTV storage near the cameras and a central store for analysing all the footage. So, in a neat bit of marketing nichery, the firm has set up branded VNX systems for the …
Chris Mellor, 01 Oct 2014

Disk array devastation: New-tech onslaught tears guts from trad biz

An EMC chart shows a steep decline in legacy SAN drive array sales coming, with hyperconverged, software-defined and all-flash array storage growing to compensate. William Blair analyst Jason Ader attended the March 10 EMC Strategic Forum event and mailed clients a summary of what he learnt. EMC management quoted some IDC …
Chris Mellor, 12 Mar 2015

Isilon may stay on Seattle scene

Opinion 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 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

Cleversafe attempts to infiltrate the storage laws of power

Cleversafe founder and vice chairman Chris Gladwin says his company's software is much more power-efficient than other scale-out disk drive array software or all-flash arrays. Object erasure coding can stop RAID crippling the power budget. The object storage software Cleversafe sells uses erasure coding for data protection and …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2015

Isilon on its separate scale-out reality

Comment 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

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the best TSM backend of all?

A respected EMC blogger and IBM are arguing over who has the best scale-out backend storage repository for Big Blue's TSM backup and archive software: EMC's Isilon or Big Blue's GPFS. IBM says that TSM – Tivoli Storage Manager – products "provide backup, archive, recovery, space management, database and application protection, …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2014

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

EMC pulls the ViPR’s fangs, eases internal competition

EMC is now stopping ViPR controller support for Object and HDFS data services, and no longer supports object storage on file or commodity storage. The upshot of all of this is that ViPR cannot provide these services on storage arrays that don’t provide them natively. This means that individual EMC II product teams building …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2015

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
Shuffling cards

EMC reshuffles deck, reveals Core Technology SUPER DIVISION

EMC is collapsing its divisional structure some more and combining its VMAX/VNX unified storage operation with DPAD, its Data Protection Division, to form a Core Technology Division. The new division will be run by Guy Churchward, current DPAD president. XtremIO products will move into the new division as of 1 January, 2015. …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2014

Petabyte punting Panasas pushes punchier performance product

Panasas has added performance heft to its scale-out ActiveStor HPC arrays and is going after the media and entertainment market, as its rendering and post-process work needs HPC-style storage. Panasas_ActiveStor_18_detail ActiveStor 18 rack The latest ActiveStor 18 (AS18) array is the successor to the AS16, which was …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015

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

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
Delia Derbyshire edits on a Philips EL3503

DDN unveils filer boxes for all occasions at NAB 2015

DDN has launched two new filers: the MEDIAScaler for media workflows and a refreshed GRIDScaler for HPC-style workloads. Both were launched at NAB 2015, the National Association of Broadcasting Show in Las Vegas, where user attendees will typically work with large sets of often multi-component video files and need fast access to …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2015
True humility - the Curate's egg

EMC's curate's egg sees revenues waiting for new product take-offs

EMC’s first quarter results were like the curate's egg; good in parts, but hit by currency problems, job cuts and unsatisfactory core storage revenues in others. First-quarter 2015 revenues were up 2 per cent to $5.6bn, compared to $5.5bn a year ago, with EMC II (the core storage biz) revenues disappointing. The top-line number …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2015
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VMware unleashes vCAOS on the world

VMworld 2015 VMware is launching a cloud object storage service based on either the public Google cloud, or EMC ViPR for a private cloud alternative. It's called vCloud Air Object Storage, which amusingly acronymizes to vCAOS, not to VMware's liking we would think, and is intended for multi-petabytes of unstructured data. …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2015
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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
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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