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EMC Swims in 'Data Lakes' with Isilon Updates

By Pedro Hernandez

The company revamps NAS platform with new hardware and software, opening it up to advanced Big Data analytics.

XtremIO, EMC's line of all-flash storage arrays, isn't the only product line to receive updates this week.

The company's enterprise networked attached storage (NAS) platform, Isilon, has been updated to better enable customers to manage, protect and analyze large pools of unstructured data. Within data centers, those pools are growing so large and serve so many business processes that they have expanded into "data lakes," argues EMC.

EMC bills the new Isilon product slate, which includes a major upgrade to the OneFS operating system and new Isilon S210 and X410 hardware, as the industry's first storage foundation for data lakes.

"A data lake is a repository for all kinds of data. Data can be placed in the lake through a variety of means," explained Bill Richter, president of EMC's Isilon Systems Division in a blog post. Data residing within "can be consumed through different mechanisms without needing to copy or export anything."

In addition to a scalable architecture that supports growing business needs and their requisite applications, data lakes ought to "protect and backup the data lake efficiently, to ensure that it interacts with directory and security services, and be something that you can manage easily over time," argued Richter.

EMC feels that it has hit all those marks with its new Isilon lineup.

The latest edition of the OneFS (7.7.1) software is SSD-aware, supporting SmartFlash flash-based cache technology. Scaling up to 1 PB per cluster, SmartFlash enables Isilon customers to slash storage latency times, resulting in quick data retrieval times.

On the hardware front, EMC unveiled the S210 system. Aimed at media, entertainment and financial services firms, the 2U hardware delivers up to 3.75 million IOPS per cluster, claims EMC. Also new is the HPC- and Hadoop-friendly Isilon X410. The 4U system "offers 70 percent increase in throughput at 33 percent less $/MBPS," according to the company.

To glean business insights from the depths of EMC's data lake, the company also introduced a joint EMC-Pivotal solution. Pivotal is the cloud-enabled, big data specialist that was spun-off from EMC and VMware last year. Dubbed that Data Lake Hadoop Bundle, the product leverages HDFS for Big Data analytics capabilities.

In related storage news, EMC announced that it had acquired TwinStrata, cloud storage integrator for an undisclosed amount.

TwinStrata is the maker of CloudArray, the cloud storage gateway software that enables businesses to securely link on-premise storage to private or public clouds. EMC said it plans to integrate TwinStrata's tech into its new VMAX3 high-end converged data storage system.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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  This article was originally published on Wednesday Jul 9th 2014
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