[NOTE: This post has been updated with answers to some of the questions I had at the time of the announcement. The updates are inline, below.]
Today, EMC made some announcements about some new Isilon products that they hope to make Generally Available (GA) in “early 2016”. If you’ve been following Isilon closely like I do, nothing in the announcements will be a big surprise as everything talked about is something the Isilon folks have been talking about in roadmap presentations for a while now.
After presenting more marketing about the Data Lake message (I’ll summarize: Put all your data in one big place. That place is Isilon. That Isilon Data Lake can now (OK, in “early 2016”) be expanded from the Core to the Edge and even to the Cloud”), the announcement covers plans to announce:
- A software-only version of Isilon called “IsilonSD Edge”
- An extension to SmartPools allowing tiering to public or private cloud called “CloudPools”
- An upcoming new version of OneFS
I’ll go through each of these, plus more, in some detail below. Continue reading