Isilon Systems is the worldwide leader in clustered storage systems and software for digital content and unstructured data, enabling enterprises to transform data into information and information into breakthroughs. Isilon's award-winning family of IQ clustered storage systems combine Isilon's OneFS operating system software with the latest advances in industry-standard hardware to deliver modular, pay-as-you-grow, enterprise-class storage systems. Isilon's clustered storage solutions speed access to critical business information while dramatically reducing the cost and complexity of storing it.

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Whitepaper: The Clustered Storage Revolution

by IsilonJan 01, 2008

The purpose of this whitepaper published by Isilon Systems is to introduce one to a new paradigm shift that is currently taking place in the data storage industry: the movement toward Clustered Storage architectures. Distributed storage clustering for the data storage industry is in much the same position today that IBM was in 1981. This paper discusses the trends that clearly define clustered storage architectures as the future of data storage, detail the requirements of this new category of storage, and introduce the Isilon IQ clustered storage solution which is the first to deliver on the promises of this paradigm shift.

Whitepaper: Breaking the Bottleneck - Solving the Storage Challenges of Next Generation Data Centers

by IsilonFeb 05, 2008

If it's true that information is the lifeblood of business, then it's also true that the corporate data center has become the heart of the enterprise. As computing power, networking and traditional NAS/SAN storage technologies matured in the late-1990's, centralized architecture, in the form of corporate data centers, received widespread adoption. However, as these data centers "even those built as recently as 5 years ago" have grown in complexity, scale and business importance, their efficacy has been severely challenged by an unprecedented avalanche of data in the form of digital content, unstructured data and other critical business information. As this well-documented crush of data continues to accelerate unabated (and with no end in sight), the need to remove bottlenecks associated with traditional data center architectures has reached a critical state.

Breaking the data center down to its three most elementary components gives us: Compute Power, the Network, and Storage. Recent advancements in the first two components have allowed for significant and important architectural shifts; from uncontrolled server sprawl to virtualized computing; from single gigabit network speeds to multiple gigabit transfer rates - all propelling the evolution of an improved centralized architecture. The final data center component, traditional NAS and SAN storage, has become the last bottleneck, stalling the full maturation of the centralized data center to its next and necessary evolutionary state.

This paper takes a holistic view of the data center, discusses each of these components individually, and explains how the crucial element of Storage has lagged behind advancements in Compute Power and the Network. It will also examine how an ongoing shift towards clustered storage architectures may help to drive storage forward and, perhaps, even enable it to leap-frog the other data center components in speed and performance. With the storage bottleneck removed, enterprises will be able to gain new insights, create meaningful IT operating leverage and transform information into business breakthroughs - truly realizing the potential of the next generation data center.

Whitepaper: The Total Economic Impact Of Clustered Storage System

by IsilonJul 16, 2008

A Forrester Consulting Study examines the total economic impact and return on investment (ROI) that enterprises may realize by deploying clustered storage. Forrester Consulting conducted a series of in-depth interviews with four organizations currently using Isilon�s clustered storage systems and found that these companies achieved benefits including lower upfront costs, fewer administrative resources, less training and professional services, and cost avoidance of traditional storage media.