Thursday, 14 August 2014 15:44

'Virtual Isilon' coming this year

By

EMC's Isilon storage has proved popular in Australia. Would a software-only implementation make it even more widely used?

EMC's Isilon family is popular with Australian customers that need large amounts of storage (such as banks, insurers, architects, telcos, banks, life sciences and major media companies including Fox Sports) because "it's a very big storage space that's easy to manage," according to Charles Sevior, CTO for Asia Pacific and Japan at the company's Isilon storage division (pictured).

The problem with conventional NAS products is that they consist of a NAS head with limited provision for adding disks, he told iTWire. So once they are fully populated the only way to expand the storage is by adding another NAS unit. Each one appears as a separate mount point, which leads to silos of data.

The Isilon approach is different. Mr Sevior described it as "scale out NAS" with the ability to add storage and network connections as required. Appropriately configured, it can provide whatever capacity and throughput is required by the workloads.

EMC has a "virtual everything" strategy, according to senior vice president and global CTO John Roese, and this involves offering a software equivalent of all of the company's products. 'Virtual Isilon' is coming this year, he told a customer event in Melbourne this month.

Mr Sevior explained there are moves in two directions regarding the OneFS operating software for Isilon.

One is what he described as 'OneFS for bare metal,' which will run on Open Compute Platform hardware. The need for data protection and redundancy means at least three systems would be required, and he questioned whether the necessary hardware would be any cheaper than a complete Isilon system from EMC.

The other is Virtual OneFS, which will run on VMware and other hypervisors and therefore practically any conventional hardware. Mr Sevior said no decisions had been made about the price of Virtual OneFS, or which market segments would be targeted.

EMC recently announced it will be adding more access methods including HDFS, REST and SWIFT to Isilon by the end of this year. SMB multichannel support is already available.


Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here

GRAND OPENING OF THE ITWIRE SHOP

The much awaited iTWire Shop is now open to our readers.

Visit the iTWire Shop, a leading destination for stylish accessories, gear & gadgets, lifestyle products and everyday portable office essentials, drones, zoom lenses for smartphones, software and online training.

PLUS Big Brands include: Apple, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sennheiser and many more.

Products available for any country.

We hope you enjoy and find value in the much anticipated iTWire Shop.

ENTER THE SHOP NOW!

INTRODUCING ITWIRE TV

iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the iTWire.com site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.

SEE WHAT'S ON ITWIRE TV NOW!

BACK TO HOME PAGE
Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous

WEBINARS ONLINE & ON-DEMAND

GUEST ARTICLES

VENDOR NEWS

Guest Opinion

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News

Comments