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EMC announces major Data Lake product upgrade

November 10, 2015  

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EMC Corp. today announced the next generation of its EMC Isilon Scale-out NAS Data Lake, which includes new products, features and capabilities that it said allow enterprises to scale easily to edge locations as well as to public clouds.

The new products — IsilonSD Edge, the next generation of Isilon OneFS and Isilon CloudPools — enhance the Data Lake by allowing unstructured data to be available not only within the core data centre, but also at data centre edge locations such as remote offices and archived in the cloud, EMC said.

According to the company, three major trends are transforming the enterprise. First, enterprises are becoming more global with a distributed workforce. Second, the volume of unstructured data is growing rapidly and doubling every two years, increasing the need for managing data efficiently while also garnering value from it. Lastly, hybrid cloud has become the preeminent choice for customers to most efficiently and effectively run their data centres

EMC IsilonSD Edge is a new software-defined offering that EMC said is designed to simplify data management in remote offices, or edge locations.


“Edge locations have historically had challenges with cost, low capacity, management complexity, conflicting formats and spotty governance,” it said. “This has impacted the productivity of information workers in these locations, as well as IT’s ability to view and manage data.

Isilon OneFS operating system is designed to improve resiliency, simplify management, raise efficiency and provide continuous operations for massive Data Lakes.

Meanwhile, the EMC CloudPools, is a new software application for the Isilon product line that EMC said will allow Isilon to extend to public, private and hybrid clouds.

“Much of all data within the enterprise is “cold data” — data rarely in use — that needs to be retained for regulatory and compliance purposes. CloudPools will allow Isilon to tier data natively to public clouds such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Virtustream without requiring a cloud gateway.”

Scott Sinclair, an analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group, said that with the  “world’s unstructured data growing at an unprecedented rate, IT organizations are under immense pressure to deliver more effective strategies for reducing costs, simplifying management and finding ways to consolidate enterprise data sources that can be mined for business intelligence and value.”