Isilon OneFS improvements ahead

The next version of EMC's Isilon OneFS NAS operating system will include data deduplication capabilities, audit and security features, and enhancements for object-oriented storage and Hadoop HDFS 2.0.

Isilon is EMC's 'scale out' NAS product intended for large, rapidly growing file-based and unstructured big data environments.

Changes announced for the next version of OneFS include:

• Block-level deduplication policies that can be applied at varying levels from individual directories to the complete storage pool. This will reduce operating costs and improve utilisation.

• Integrated support for the EMC Common Event Enabler (CEE) will audit software to record all file access over SMB/CIFS protocols, and facilitate report creation and chain of custody tracking to help comply with regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA.

• Integration with EMC ViPR software-defined storage, allowing access via object storage APIs from Amazon S3, EMC Atmos and others.

• A REST Object Access to Namespace interface enabling automation, orchestration and management of Isilon storage (available immediately for the current version of OneFS).

• Support for OpenStack Swift and Cinder integration.

• Native Hadoop HDFS 2.0 integration, extending the existing support for HDFS 1.0.

"EMC Isilon's OneFS operating system is the gold standard for scale-out NAS - and now it's even more efficient and secure while enabling compliance with critical industry regulations," said Bill Richter, President, of EMC's Isilon storage division.

"Additionally, the integration of OneFS with EMC ViPR, Hadoop HDFS 2.0 and Syncplicity illustrates how open and flexible EMC’s Isilon scale-out NAS offering is - and the ability to support big data, mobile and cloud-based workflows makes this a critical solution for enterprises today."

The next version of OneFS is expected to be delivered later in 2013.

Disclosure: The writer attended EMC World as the guest of the company.


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