[ Disclosure: I was invited by GestaltIT as a delegate to their Storage Field Day 19 event from Jan 22-24, 2020 in the Silicon Valley USA. My expenses, travel, accommodation and conference fees were covered by GestaltIT, the organizer and I was not obligated to blog or promote the vendors’ technologies presented at this event. The content of this blog is of my own opinions and views ]
And the Emmy® goes to …
Yes, the Emmy® goes to Dell EMC Isilon! It was indeed a well deserved accolade and an honour!
Dell EMC Isilon had just won the Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards a week before Storage Field Day 19, for their outstanding pioneering work on the NAS platform tiering technology of media and broadcasting content according to business value.
A lasting true clustered NAS
This is not a blog to praise Isilon but one that instill respect to a real true clustered, scale-out file system. I have known of OneFS for a long time, but never really took the opportunity to really put my hands on it since 2006 (there is a story). So here is a look at history …
Back in early to mid-2000, there was a lot of talks about large scale NAS. There were several players in the nascent scaling NAS market. NetApp was the filer king, with several competitors such as Polyserve, Ibrix, Spinnaker, Panasas and the young upstart Isilon. There were also Procom, BlueArc and NetApp’s predecessor Auspex. By the second half of the 2000 decade, the market consolidated and most of these NAS players were acquired.
- NetApp acquired Spinnaker in 2003
- Part of Auspex was acquired by NetApp in 2003; The other by Glasshouse Technologies
- Procom was picked up by Sun Microsystems in 2005
- Polyserve went to HP in 2007
- Ibrix joined HP as well in 2009
- Isilon got acquired by EMC in 2010
- BlueArc gobbled up by HDS in 2011