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While potential acquisitions have played a small part in Isilon's share price growth, Isilon's technology has been the primary factor, said Joe Kadlec, vice president and senior partner at Consiliant Technologies, an Irvine, Calif.-based solution provider and Isilon partner.
"Isilon has great technology," Kadlec said. "It's well positioned to be either a stand-alone company or an acquisition."
With Isilon, customers do not have to worry about major upgrades as storage technology improves, Kadlec said.
"As customers' technology ages, they can sometimes get tied down to older products," he said. "With Isilon, as parts of the infrastructure age, customers can peel those parts off and replace them without any disruptions.
Both EMC and Isilon declined to comment on the possible acquisition.