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The majority of Isilon's sales goes through solution providers, a number of whom said Isilon would be a good company for someone like EMC to acquire.
Isilon was written from Day One to do high-performance scale-out NAS, said Mark Teter, CTO of Advanced Systems Group, a Denver-based solution provider and Isilon partner.
"If EMC acquired Isilon, it would give Isilon a broad reach into areas where EMC competes, notably against NetApp," Teter said. "Also, EMC's Celerra NAS products don't scale out, so Isilon would give EMC a technology boost."
Teter called Isilon's technology more disruptive than that of 3PAR, which last month was acquired by HP for $2.4 billion.
"With Isilon's OneFS file system, one storage administrator can manage multiple terabytes of storage," he said. "And for a company with no storage administrator, it's the perfect solution. A customer can be provisioning storage within one hour with Isilon. With other technology, it takes a minimum of five days."
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