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Isilon Upgrades Storage Operating System, Unveils New Software Applications

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Isilon this week launched two new data-management software applications, SmartPools and InsightIQ, and announced the sixth generation of its OneFS scale-out storage operating system.

The company said that both new applications work with the OneFS system and enable IT departments to easily manage data, consolidate applications, and scale out a single storage resource.

Both software applications and the upgraded storage system will be available from July 30.

Chris Blessington, Isilon’s senior director of marketing and communications, told BioInform that SmartPools lets users unify multiple storage tiers into a single file system and creates a single management point for all the tiers. This step eliminates the need to manually move data across multiple systems.

Blessington said that the product was beta tested by the Broad Institute among others and has been used by University of California, Los Angeles, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging.

For its part, InsightIQ is an analytics platform that helps administrators identify and eliminate performance bottlenecks.

“InsightIQ enables you to visualize and do deep analytics on how your storage system is working in terms of utilization, in terms of what protocols are being utilized, and what files are moving where,” Blessington said.

This insight enables storage administrators to set system policies to move data automatically between tiers of storage in a way that provides the lowest cost per terabyte of storage, he said.

The company said that when both applications are used together, users can optimize workflow performance by closely aligning application demands with storage resources.

SmartPools is priced between $3,950 and $9,950 per node while InsightIQ is between $1,950 and $3,850 per node. Blessington said the difference in price depends on the storage density of the node.

“We can sell you a node that has as little as two terabytes of storage in it and we can also sell you a node that has up to 72 terabytes of storage in it,” he explained. “For the lower capacity nodes, we price the software significantly lower than we do for the higher capacity nodes.”

OneFS 6.0 will be made available as an upgrade for existing customers and will be standard with all new Isilon system purchases.

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