EMC Updates Isilon Storage Platform For Mobility, Cloud, Analytics


ViPR on the Isilon supports REST APIs for EMC Atmos, Amazon S3, and OpenStack Swift storage, EMC's Grocott said. "So channel partners looking to help customers with large-scale object storage can use ViPR on Isilon," he said.

Isilon's new support of the OpenStack Swift storage platform makes data stored on Isilon accessible to applications in OpenStack private clouds, Grocott said.

EMC's Noy said that with the upcoming "Havana" release of OpenStack scheduled for the second half of the year, customers looking to deploy OpenStack compute resources through its Nova technology will be able to access Isilon storage through an open source Cinder plug-in.

In addition to the new application support for Isilon, EMC previewed an update for the OneFS operating system with deduplication, which will be available as a service on the Isilon platform for the first time, Grocott said.

Deduplication on the Isilon platform will not yield as large a capacity savings as might be found on more standard platforms due to the types of large files stored on Isilon. Even so, customers can expect a 30-percent cut in capacity when dedupe is used, he said.

Also new with OneFS is native audit integration that allows the storing of tracking information by third-party auditing software for financial, healthcare and other regulated industries.

The update to OneFS is slated to be available by year-end. The new dedupe capability will be available with a separate licensing fee, but the auditing capability will be included at no charge, Grocott said.

The new additions to the Isilon platform have helped Isilon become the new "storage toaster" of EMC, said Dan Weiss, CEO of Varrow, a Greensboro, N.C.-based solution provider and EMC partner.

"You plug it in, turn it on, and it does its job," Weiss said. "Isilon is big for our customers unless they are in the governance and compliance mode where they need a record for every single data activity."

Given the amount of talk about software-defined data centers at the recent VMware Partner Exchange, Weiss said he is not surprised to see EMC show how important its ViPR software-defined storage technology is to its storage platforms like Isilon.

"Customers are starting to look at that technology and wondering whether they can start to forget about proprietary hardware and go with only commodity hardware," he said.

PUBLISHED MAY 7, 2013