EMC Updates Isilon Storage Platform For Mobility, Cloud, Analytics

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EMC on Tuesday unveiled new workloads to its EMC Isilon scale-out NAS platform and previewed a new version of its Isilon OneFS storage operating system that is slated to soon be available with deduplication and auditing capabilities.

The EMC Isilon platform is expanding to offer not only scale-out capabilities to traditional file-based applications but also integration with data from the kind of applications increasingly permeating the data center, including mobility, analytics and the cloud, said Sam Grocott, vice president of marketing and product management for EMC.

"We're expanding our scale-out platform into new application types," Grocott said.


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EMC unveiled the Isilon news at the EMC World conference being held this week in Las Vegas.

On the mobility side, EMC said integration of the Isilon platform with its Syncplicity cloud-based file sharing technology, previously previewed in January, is now ready and available for purchase.

The combination of Isilon with Syncplicity offers customers the opportunity to provide access to corporate users on an anytime, anywhere basis based on a proven storage platform, Grocott said.

"Mobility is a key area for us," he said. "For the channel, this is an integrated solution. Mobile users are moving data off-site to the cloud, which causes businesses a lot of issues. Isilon provides access to customers' data via Syncplicity without users ever going to the cloud."

On the analytics side, EMC Isilon now supports the storage of Hadoop 2.0 big data operations, including those of EMC's new Pivotal big data company and the Apache Hadoop 2.0 software.

For the cloud, EMC Isilon now supports three new ways to store next-generation applications and data, Grocott said.

The first is a new native REST API for Isilon's OneFS operating system that provides seamless access to object and file systems over public and private clouds.

David Noy, senior director of product management for EMC, said the new REST API is based on the same API used by Amazon S3. "With a bit of modification, if an application is written for S3, it can be easily rewritten for Isilon," Noy said.

The second is Isilon support for EMC's new ViPR software-defined storage platform, which EMC unveiled Monday.

"EMC's ViPR software-defined storage technology provides object access to a heterogeneous storage layer that lies between storage and the cloud," Grocott said. "It targets different types of storage from different kinds of Web-based applications."

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