Isilon extends into high-end enterprise

Network attached storage vendor Isilon Systems has expanded its product line with the S-Series and NL-Series storage systems, and an addition to its X-Series product line.

Combining 15,000 RPM Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drive technology, Quad-Gigabit Ethernet front-end networking, high-performance InfiniBand back-end node interconnects, and up to 16Gb of coherent cache per node with Isilon’s OneFS operating system, the S-Series delivers the highest performance scale-out NAS system for the data-intensive file-based applications.

The Isilon IQ 36000X is the latest addition to Isilon’s X-Series, delivering up to 3.45Pb of capacity, and more than 30Gbps of throughput from a single file system, the company says. The new unit also claims a 3x increase in capacity per node, and a 33 per cent increase in disk density per rack unit over previous X-Series models. The Isilon IQ 36NL houses 36Tb of raw storage in a 4U chassis and scales out to 3.45Pb in a single file system, or greater than 200X traditional scale-up NAS storage systems, Isilon claims.

“With file-based data eclipsing block-based data as the dominant form of information being created in the enterprise, businesses can no longer afford to face this unprecedented challenge with the complex architectures of traditional approaches,” says Isilon Systems CEO Sujal Patel. “Customers in fields such as the bioinformatics and Web 2.0 can [look to] the Isilon IQ 36NL to furnish repositories for their ever-growing volumes of analytical data and rich media content.”

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