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EMC Isilon Delivers Breakthrough Performance For Big Data

EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced new generations of its EMC Isilon scale-out NAS hardware and software platforms, delivering industry-leading performance, throughput and replication for big data. Isilon's new hardware platform enables customers to choose from a range of drive configurations, including solid state drives (SSD) with either serial attached SCSI (SAS) or serial ATA (SATA) drives, and combine them with a large, globally cohere

EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced new generations of its EMC Isilon scale-out NAS hardware and software platforms, delivering industry-leading performance, throughput and replication for big data. Isilon's new hardware platform enables customers to choose from a range of drive configurations, including solid state drives (SSD) with either serial attached SCSI (SAS) or serial ATA (SATA) drives, and combine them with a large, globally coherent cache and next-generation quad core processors to deliver optimum price-performance for accelerating big data access. Leveraging these new hardware innovations, Isilon's OneFS 6.5 operating system delivers enhanced enterprise functionality to improve performance for mission-critical data center operations, while Isilon's SyncIQ 3.0 significantly improves recovery point objectives, providing unmatched big data protection.

"Not only has the big data era arrived, but it is already impacting our lives in a variety of ways, from the pursuit of personalized medicine to real-time social networking," said Sam Grocott, Vice President of Marketing, Isilon. "The foundation of this transformational shift is scale-out storage, which delivers the simplicity, scale, and 'pay as you grow' architecture big data requires, while also providing advanced enterprise functionality to ensure seamless integration with a broad range of mainstream IT environments. With these new hardware and software products, Isilon is setting the standard for big data storage, enabling customers to unlock the full potential of their mission-critical information."

"The creation of digital content is expected to eclipse 35 zetabytes by 2020 (a 44x CAGR). IT professionals, however, are growing at a rate of only 1.4x, creating an ever-widening chasm between the amount of information being created and the people available to manage it," said Dave Reinsel, Group Vice President, IDC. "Increasingly, enterprises will need to consider scale-out storage for its ability to simplify management of and accelerate access to their storage in the pursuit of new opportunities."

Isilon's new hardware platform features two product lines optimized to accelerate performance for a range of big data applications:

  • Isilon S200 -- Delivering over 1.4 million NFS ops and over 85 gigabytes per second (GBps) of aggregate throughput, all from a single file system, the S200 is an ideal solution for accelerating big data access in design and simulation, digital media, financial analysis and high performance computing workflows. Combining Intel's Xeon 5600 Quad Core processors with STEC SSD and Hitachi SAS drives, as well as 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) front-end networking and 13.8 terabytes (TB) of globally coherent cache, the S200 provides maximum price-performance for big data.
  • Isilon X200 -- With more than 30 GBps of aggregate throughput and industry-leading utilization of at least 80 percent, the X200 delivers a cost-efficient balance of throughput and capacity to power big data workflows in cloud computing, life sciences, Internet services and large-scale virtualized environments. Offering a wide range of configuration options, the X200 enables businesses to easily customize their solution to meet their unique workflow requirements, reducing capital expense and maximizing return on investment.

Nick Bali, Senior Software Engineer with Sony Imageworks, the Academy Award-winning visual effects (VFX) company behind "Alice in Wonderland" and the "Spider-Man" trilogy, beta-tested the S200 and commented:

"We tested Isilon's new S200 in our high-IOPS rendering environment and achieved over 100,000 simultaneous metadata operations, a huge improvement over previous generations. The performance increase is so dramatic, we've already placed an order for these new Isilon nodes, adding to the primary and archive Isilon clusters we already have in production."

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