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XM Radio Uses Isilon

Isilon Systems announced that XM Satellite Radio is using Isilon IQ as the primary storage platform to help power its broadcast operations

SEATTLE -- Isilon Systems (Nasdaq: ISLN), the leader in clustered storage, today announced that XM Satellite Radio, the nation’s leading satellite radio service with more than 7.6 million subscribers, is using Isilon IQ as the primary storage platform to help power its broadcast operations. XM Satellite Radio has deployed Isilon IQ to support the creation, management, delivery and archival needs of its entire catalog of entertainment content. Isilon also announced today that XM Satellite Radio will be presenting on the main stage at Storage Networking World (SNW), Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, on April 18th, 2007. For more information on SNW, visit http://www.snwusa.com/.

“Our immense content delivery operations –creating significant growth of our storage capacity needs – necessitate a storage solution that provides unparalleled simplicity and scalability to ensure our critical media content is immediately available, at all times,” said John Archer, VP of Operations, XM Satellite Radio. “Isilon clustered storage delivered above and beyond what we required.”

From broadcast centers in Chicago, Nashville, New York, and Washington, DC, XM uses its geo-stationary, XM satellites to provide superior coverage for its all-digital platform, delivered across more than 170 channels, as well as through a variety of online outlets. To supply its vast programming network with content 24x7x365, XM utilizes hundreds of media production workstations, media processing servers and linear audio channels. This infrastructure supports continuous, unbuffered reads of several hundred media streams, creating the need for highly available, highly reliable storage.

Isilon IQ enables XM to store its ingested media directly onto Isilon clustered storage, where the music and media production systems access it for immediate, live or automatic playback. By using Isilon IQ, with its OneFS® operating system software, XM has unified its digital content into a single, highly scalable, shared pool of storage, enabling unmatched ease of use in data access to accelerate media delivery and reduce IT costs and complexity. Additionally, Isilon IQ’s unique clustered architecture delivers unparalleled data availability and failover protection – OneFS provides N+3 and N+4 levels of data protection – providing XM with high reliability for live delivery of programming,

“At XM, we ingest and stream enormous amounts of content every day, creating the need for highly scalable and easy to use storage that can stay ahead of our capacity needs,” said Damon Love, Principal Engineer, Broadcast Systems, XM Satellite Radio. “Isilon IQ has enabled us to simplify our workflow, maximize our resources and grow our content stores with the highest level of reliability.”

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