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Isilon Steps on the Gas

Isilon refreshes its clustering line, as it looks to put the events of last year behind it

Clustering specialist Isilon unveiled a major overhaul of its hardware today, taking the wraps off its high-end X-Series device in an attempt to jumpstart its business.

The vendor has upgraded the hardware within its IQ line of products, which will now be sold as the X-Series. Isilon is particularly focused on the revamped X 12000, formerly known as the IQ 12000.

"The X-Series is up to 60 percent faster, specifically for [data] writes," explains Brett Goodwin, Isilon's vice president of marketing and business development. "And it requires 20 percent less power on a per-node and per-Tbyte basis. Its probably the biggest end-to-end upgrade to our product line since 2005."

The exec claims that the two-rack-unit-high X-Series boxes can now write data at up to 10 Gbytes per second in a single file system, thanks to dual-core Intel 5100 processors. "We have gone from a single processor [on the IQ line], to a dual-core processor," explains Goodwin, adding that the chips' memory speed has more than doubled from 333 MHz to 667 MHz.

The dual-core CPUs also consume just 80 watts of power, compared to 130 watts on the IQ hardware's single-core chips. Isilon has also partnered with cooling specialist ColdWatt to deploy power management software on each box.

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