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Isilion Picks Chelsio Adapters

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Chelsio Communications, Inc., the leading provider of 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adapters and ASIC solutions, today announced its T3-based 10GbE adapters have been selected by Isilon Systems (NASDAQ: ISLN) to provide the high-speed interconnect for its new Accelerator-x clustered storage extension node, which was introduced this week at IBC2008 in Amsterdam.

Chelsio 10GbE adapters are the highest performing in the industry, and are designed for storage, server and cluster networking applications. Equipped with the Chelsio dual-port 10G CX4 PCI Express S320E-CXA Storage Adapter, the Isilon Accelerator-x enables customers to achieve unprecedented levels of throughput for their clustered storage network.

“Chelsio’s high performance T3 technology is an ideal 10GbE solution for our new Accelerator-x platform,” said Sam Grocott, senior director of Product Management, Isilon Systems. “By combining Chelsio’s 10GbE network interface card with the Accelerator-x, Isilon’s clustered storage solutions are shattering performance barriers of file-based storage systems and providing next-generation networking connectivity to tomorrow’s enterprise data centers.”

In a separate release:

SEATTLE -- Isilon® Systems (NASDAQ: ISLN), the leader in clustered storage, today announced the release of its fifth generation clustered storage systems, delivering unmatched levels of performance, scalability and value to power a broadening range of file-based applications and workflows in the enterprise. With the release of its OneFS® 5.0 operating system software, Isilon's X-Series clustered storage systems set the standard for scale out file storage, delivering up to 20 Gigabytes per second of performance and 2.3 Petabytes of capacity in a single file system and single volume. Isilon also announced today the release of its new performance acceleration product, Accelerator-x (see separate press release), delivering 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) connectivity for next-generation enterprise networking.

Underscoring the necessity for next-generation, scale out file storage, a June 2008 report from IDC, entitled "Got Files? The Expanding Options For File Level Storage," estimates that 2008 is an inflection point where disk capacities shipped will be home to more file-level data than block-level data and by 2011, 75 percent of disk storage systems capacity will be shipped to support some sort of file-level data.

"The continued expansion in file-based information will have a dramatic impact on enterprises across a wide range of industries over the next five years," said Brad Nisbet, Research Manager, IDC Storage Systems. "The storage and management of file-based information will become the primary task for many administrators in enterprise data centers, and this will have a significant impact on how organizations assess storage solutions in terms of system performance, scalability, and operational efficiency."

Chelsio Communications Inc.