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Isilon Sets Sights on High-End Clusters

Isilon has bulked up its clustered NAS and SAN systems, unveiling its 12-Tbyte IQ 12000 device earlier today in an attempt to push its wares into virtualized data centers and the nearline archiving market.

The vendor is using 1-Tbyte drives from Hitachi to push the IQ 12000's capacity up to the 12-Tbyte mark, surpassing the 9 Tbytes offered on the firm's previous high-end system, the IQ 9000.

Isilon, which recently swapped its CEO and changed its CFO in an attempt to steady its corporate ship, is eager to expand its presence in the high-end clustering market, where it faces stiff competition from NetApp and EMC.

With the launch of the IQ 12000, Isilon claims to have pushed the envelope for clustered file systems in a clear attempt to steal a march on the competition.

"The largest cluster that we have configured today is 96 nodes -- that's a 1.6 Pbyte volume file system," says Brett Goodwin, Isilon's vice president of marketing and business development, explaining that the system is aimed at data intensive industries such as manufacturing, life sciences, and the telco sector.

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