Sam Grocott

SVP, EMC Emerging Technology Division at EMC

IT today is running faster than ever before, tasked with an incredibly difficult mission—maximize efficiency by redefining how technology supports the business. The world is moving to a hybrid (private and public) cloud environment, necessitating a whole new approach to IT. So how do we make that happen?

EMC is supporting this mission with new hardware and software updates to the Isilon family of products, catering to today’s Hadoop-heavy environments and leveraging flash for maximum acceleration.

EMC’s core mission for Isilon is to enable our customers to easily store and manage information at scale. We do that by constantly redefining Scale-out NAS and expanding its capabilities and potential. A couple of months back at EMC World, we shared our Isilon Scale-out Data Lake story and how  it helps customers to store, manage and protect all their unstructured data.

In our continuing journey to Redefine Possible, today’s mix of new product and solutions reinforce the Isilon Scale-out Data Lake and enable traditional and emerging workloads. We’ve also teamed with a number of our key technology partners to introduce proven solutions for emerging workloads that help enterprises capitalize on the power of Isilon—check out the details here.

First, we’re updating our OneFS software and introducing two new hardware platforms, S210 and X410, to achieve new levels of performance. Thefastest scale-out NAS platform is now even faster with 3M IOPS and 200 GBPS throughput. To put these numbers in perspective, this is a 2X increase in performance and a 70% increase in throughput from the previous generation of these platforms. We also have a new star in the EMC portfolio: SmartFlash, a flash-as-Cache capability that scales to 1PB of globally coherent cache.

I spend a lot of time with our customers, and they tell me that that they love Isilon for their traditional workloads and its ability to bridge to emerging applications. We are continuously innovating to address these needs, and EMC was the first company to announce native integration of HDFS in our platform. Today, we also announced that EMC is the first scale-out NAS vendor to announce upcoming support for Hadoop HDFS enhancements. This will enable our customers to go beyond business as usual, providing faster time to results and a competitive edge.

We know that object storage is an important facet of our Data Lake story. We are the first scale-out NAS vendor to announce upcoming native support for OpenStack SWIFT Object, which will allow customers to simultaneously use native file, object, and Hadoop HDFS protocols to store and mine their data to extract maximum business value. Remember, our mission is to enable our customers to easily store and manage information at scale.

Hear what Terri McClure of Enterprise Strategy Group has this to say about EMC’s bundle of Isilon product news:

When you’re thinking about handling today’s digital universe, check out our roster of star products and some customer successes to date—more information is here.

Sam Grocott

SVP, EMC Emerging Technology Division at EMC
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