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Isilon Expands NAS Product Line

Isilon Systems is expanding its product line with systems that complement its approach to scale out NAS storage, adding the S-Series for transactional data and NL-Series for archiving to a faster version of its existing X-Series. All use the company OneFS operating system.

The IQ 5400S is designed for I/O intensive, transactional applications and uses 15,000 rpm SAS drives to provide higher performance. It used quad-core processors and 16 GB of memory per node. It can scale up to 96 modes in a cluster and deliver more than 1 million IOPS and more than 30 GB of aggregate throughput per second, the company says. "We can match Fibre Channel performance for 30 percent less cost," says Ram Appalaraju, vice president of technology and product marketing.

The NL Series is designed for secondary storage and uses SATA drives to lower the cost. The IQ 36NL can offer up to 36 TB in a 4U node and grow to 3.45 PB of capacity. The company claims it offers the best dollar-per-TB ratio of any scale-out NAS system on the market. The new addition to the X-Series, the IQ 36000X, doubles the number of Gigabit Ethernet ports to four and also can offer up to 36 TB in a 4U node.

The company also announced a partnership to make data reductions capabilities from Ocarina Networks available. Ocarina compresses and de-duplicates a wide variety of files. It will be available on all three systems but will mostly be used on NL archiving systems. The company says it also improved its data protection capabilities so a user can lose four nodes without losing any data. The IQ 5400S is listed at $49,999 per node, the IQ 36000X at $137,000 per node, and the IQ 36NL at $72,000 per node.

Appalaraju says the expanded product line will let the company go after new markets that it couldn't address before, including archives and digital libraries. "These products also will work well for internal clouds," he says. Isilon now has close to 1,000 customers, has no debt, and is cash-flow positive, he says.

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