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Pillar Pushes Provisioning, Capacity

Pillar Data, the brainchild of Oracle supremo Larry Ellison, will unveil a capacity hike for its storage systems next week, and is planning to add thin provisioning to its product line later this year. (See Pillar Leaves Post At Last.)

The startup, backed by $250 million of Ellison's cash, visited Byte and Switch towers this week to add some flesh to the bones of its product roadmap. (See What To Do With $100M?, Pillar CEO Talks Roadmap, and Pillar Aims for Knockouts.)

After four years in stealth mode, Pillar finally launched its midrange storage systems back in 2005, although it struggled to meet expectations in its first year of shipping, racking up 87 customers. Mike Workman, Pillar's CEO, told Byte and Switch that this figure has now more than doubled. (See RedEnvelope Picks Pillar for Storage, Pillar Used in Oxford HPC, Cubist Adopts Pillar, and Pillar Picked in Florida.) "We have about 400 systems installed worldwide at a little over 200 customers," he said, adding that typical deployments are in areas such as data warehousing and storing video and music files.

Faced with stiff competition from the likes of EMC and IBM, the startup has been slowly bolstering its product line with support for Fibre Channel drives and iSCSI over recent months, and is now eying a capacity upgrade. (See Pillar Data Expands Support, Pillar Extends Reach, and Pillar Makes Software Axiomatic.)

On Monday, Pillar will add 750-Gbyte SATA drives from Seagate to its Axiom Systems, which up until now have used 500-Gbyte Hitachi SATA drives. "We have increased the our overall capacity within a single system by 50 percent," said Workman.

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