EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) announced the next generation of its EMC® Isilon® Scale-out NAS Data Lake, which includes new products, features and capabilities that 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 CloudPoolsTM — enhance the Data Lake by allowing unstructured data to be available not only within the core data center, but also at data center edge locations such as remote offices and archived in the cloud. Designed to offer a more efficient Data Lake, the new Isilon solutions consolidate multiple workloads and allow users to access and analyze data from all locations.
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 centers.
EMC’s Data Lake 2.0 strategy and new announcements today are at the heart of managing these challenges. Early Data Lake deployments were limited to pulling in only data sources available within — or in close proximity to — the core data center. Now there is an increasing need for the Data Lake 2.0 to expand and be able to manage unstructured data in a simple and consistent way within the core data center, at edge locations and in the cloud.
Delivering Efficient Software-Defined Edge Storage
EMC IsilonSD Edge is a new software-defined solution designed to simplify data management in remote offices, or edge locations, in a cost-efficient way. Edge locations have historically had challenges with cost, low capacity, management complexity, conflicting formats and spotty governance. This has impacted the productivity of information workers in these locations, as well as IT’s ability to view and manage data. IsilonSD Edge is a 100% software-defined offering that runs on commodity hardware. IsilonSD Edge will support VMware ESX and be fully integrated with VMware vCenter for ease of management. IsilonSD Edge sacrifices none of the capabilities of the OneFS operating system and will support OneFS’s data services and protocols while scaling up to 36TB, seamlessly replicating data to and distributing it from the core. IsilonSD Edge will be free for non-production use and licensed per cluster for production use.
Optimizing the Core with the Next Generation of OneFS
In addition to extending the Data Lake to edge locations, EMC is also enhancing the Data Lake at the core through the new, next-generation Isilon OneFS operating system. This feature-rich offering is designed to improve resiliency, simplify management, raise efficiency and provide continuous operations for massive Data Lakes. A key enhancement is full Non-Disruptive Upgrade (NDU) support. OneFS has supported NDU for minor code families, and now works across major code families enhancing the resiliency of the Data Lake. The more resilient Data Lake will help ensure no downtime for users and application workloads during major upgrades.
The next generation of OneFS also features flexible software upgrade rollback capabilities that will allow customers to restore their application or end-user environments to a pre-upgrade state as required. These capabilities offer infrastructure managers granular choices to ensure a smooth user experience and continued uptime for critical environments.
Extending to the Cloud with CloudPools
In addition to solutions focused on the core and edge, EMC is also offering EMC CloudPools, a new software application for the Isilon product line that will allow Isilon to easily 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. CloudPools also enables data center expansion to EMC Elastic Cloud StorageTM (ECS) and Isilon as a private cloud. Isilon extends its core namespace to the cloud to ensure access to data, regardless of location. When the data is tiered to the cloud, it is encrypted in transit and compressed to ensure security of enterprise data at rest in the cloud. This allows organizations to extend their Data Lakes to tap into cloud-scale capacity while ensuring consistent and simplified access to and management of the data.