EMC announces Isilon and Syncplicity upgrades

Summary:EMC announces new features for its Isilon NAS and its Syncplicity file sync and sharing system at EMC World 2013.

EMC announced upgrades to its enterprise Isilon NAS and Syncplicity file sharing software at EMC World 2013 today.

The storage and enterprise software firm has begun work on the next version of the OneFS scale-out NAS operating system for its Isilon NAS.

The new version will include data deduplication capabilities, audit and security features. The existing version of the OS will be enhanced to improve object-oriented storage features and add Hadoop HDFS 2.0 support.

The new Isilon OneFS OS will enable storage administrators to configure a simple set-and-forget block-level deduplication policy for storage ranging from individual directories to complete storage pools.

New features should help meet regulatory requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA, with the introduction of the EMC Common Event Enabler (CEE) that will allow the recording of file access over SMB/CIFS protocols and facilitate report creation and chain of custody tracking.

Isilon will be integrated with its ViPR software-defined storage platform when it launches later this year, which will allow access to object storage APIs from Amazon S3, EMC Atmos and others. Isilon will also be supporting OpenStack Swift and Cinder integration.

The current version of OneFS now also incorporates a REST Object Access to Namespace interface which provides access to data and is part of the Platform API which enables automation, orchestration and management of Isilon storage.

Native integration with the Hadoop Distributed File System 2.0 has also been added to the current version of OneFS. This new integration supports Pivotal HD (formerly Greenplum HD) for SQL queries on the Hadoop data store.

The next version of OneFS is expected to be delivered by later this year. The REST Object Access to Namespace, HDFS 2.0 on Isilon are available today and will also be supported on the next version of OneFS.

Enhancements are also planned for EMC's Syncplicity enterprise file sync and sharing system. Syncplicity syncs to devices data stored in private clouds based on EMC Isilon Scale-out NAS or EMC Atmos object-based storage, or a public cloud.

A new feature will be added to EMC's Syncplicity enterprise file sync and sharing system to allow enterprises to store data between private and public clouds simultaneously, while enforcing security and regulatory compliance requirements based on who the user is and the type of content. The policy driven hybrid cloud feature will be available in the second half of 2013.

Syncplicity will expand its supported storage options by providing native support for EMC VNX storage in the second half of 2013 and will be able to utilise EMC ViPR virtual storage pools.

Topics: Storage, EMC

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