EMC Launches Isilon OneFS 7

By Pedro Hernandez

EMC this week released the latest edition of its Isilon OneFS network-attached storage (NAS) operating system.

Codenamed "Mavericks," the scale-out NAS OS will help administrators come to grips with the storage management challenges posed by Big Data, according to Sam Grocott, VP of Marketing and Product Management for EMC Isilon. One way that Isilon OneFS 7.0 eases the burden is to rein in the complexities of managing expansive storage infrastructures.

"The more complex storage becomes, the simpler management needs to be, which is why we've architected OneFS 7.0 for easy management of the powerful storage infrastructure that's under the hood," said Grocott in a press statement. He also asserted that simplified storage management doesn't have to come at the expense of performance.

"Overall, the latest version of OneFS offers the best of both worlds: the ease of a simple storage solution with the horsepower of EMC Isilon," added Grocott. Performance-wise, EMC boasts that Isilon OneFS 7.0 delivers a 25 percent increase in single file system throughput, a boost that "significantly improves performance for large-scale enterprise applications."

How much throughput can storage administrators expect? When Isilon co-founder Sujal Patel unveiled Mavericks at EMC World in May -- EMC acquired Isilon in 2010 -- he listed throughput as 1.6 million IOPS.

The updates have already proven their worth to early-access customers, noted EMC. CSR, a semiconductor company, reported double the performance in one critical metric.

"Our OneFS 7.0 performance testing was impressive. We experienced close to a 2x improvement in single stream writes, exactly as advertised. Read speeds are also high, as we are seeing 8 Gbps of throughput on 10 Gbps network cards," said Ian Patterson, a Systems Consultant for CSR.

New caching features reduce latency by 50 percent, benefiting I/O-hungry business applications. Virtualization support also factors into the upgrade. EMC says that OneFS 7.0 better leverages VMware's VAAI and VASA APIs.

Finally, OneFS 7.0 arrives with new security features to keep corporate data safe. These include SEC 17a-4 compliance and roles-based access tools and authentication zones.

EMC Isilon OneFS 7.0 will be generally available worldwide this week.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

This article was originally published on November 14, 2012