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EMC working on next-gen NAS platform

Veronica C. Silva | June 1, 2012
'Mavericks' is designed to help data centres handle unstructured data faster.

Enterprise storage provider EMC said last week that it is developing a next-generation operating system for its network-attached storage (NAS) system, the EMC Isilon OneFS.

Codenamed the "Mavericks," the new operating system is designed to help data centres deal with some of the challenges facing organisations dealing with massive amount of file-based and unstructured data. Previously, this was the type of challenge shared by organisations such as those in the media and entertainment, life sciences, and energy exploration industries. With Mavericks, mainstream enterprises who are also experiencing the same challenge with big data can find relief in  the Isilon system.

EMC said the new OS is also being designed to incorporate new levels of data protection, security, system performance, and interoperability. These capabilities can help enterprises gain a competitive edge in the marketplace and open more opportunities to grow the business.

With enterprise data running up to petabytes these days, EMC is positioning the Isilon scale-out NAS as the solution to simplify data management while protecting data.

Petabyte data

"Big Data has penetrated the enterprise and brought with it enormous opportunities to transform business. It also has introduced challenges, often times eroding operational efficiency and threatening data security and the performance of business processes. Isilon's scale-out NAS is the clear choice for enterprise customers looking to protect, share and manage sensitive data as they scale to petabytes. Increasingly, enterprises will need to consider scale-out storage for its ability to simplify management and accelerate access to their storage in the pursuit of new opportunities," Sujal Patel, co-founder and president, EMC Isilon.

The new OS, which is due for release later this year, also promises 25 percent faster file system throughput and improved caching capability to reduce average latency by 50 percent for I/O intensive applications.

"The two worlds of Big Data and enterprise IT are converging, creating new opportunities for enterprises to develop new products and services and accelerate the growth of their businesses. To achieve this, enterprises need a highly scalable infrastructure that provides both the capacity and performance to keep pace with ever-growing business demands. EMC Isilon pioneered the delivery of scale-out NAS to address these needs. With OneFS 'Mavericks,' Isilon is building on that leadership by providing increased levels of data protection and performance to meet the still emerging business requirements in this new world of Big Data in the enterprise," Terri McClure, senior analyst, ESG, EMC.

For file sharing across the enterprise, the new OS features enhanced integration with VMware virtualisation software to accelerate and simplify scale-out NAS for virtualisation.



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