Meet Your New Expanded Data Lake: Simple To Manage, Global and Cloud Connected

Introducing EMC’s Data Lake 2.0! Building upon the Data Lake  announced earlier this year, EMC has debuted three new Isilon software products—IsilonSD Edge, CloudPools and the next generation of Isilon’s OneFS operating system—to expand the Data Lake by connecting unstructured data at the core, in the cloud and at the edge.

These new products are driven by the continued, explosive growth of unstructured data, especially as wearables become more refined and mainstream and the number of devices per user continues to grow. According to Gartner, by 2020, the world will have 30 billion connected devices—a 6x increase over where we are today—and all of those devices will be churning out data at a rapid pace.


Unlike early Data Lake iterations, which focused on optimizing for multiple workloads in a single data center experience, Data Lake 2.0 is a global entity and connects edge locations beyond a single data center, including the cloud. EMC is enabling Data Lake 2.0 through three new offerings:

  • EMC IsilonSD Edge, a Software-Defined Storage, file-based solution customers can deploy on commodity hardware to extend the edge of the Data Lake in 36TB increments.
  • Next-generation of OneFS, the next release of Isilon’s renowned OneFS operating system provides enterprise-grade continuous service for the data center by expanding non-disruptive upgrade and rollback capabilities.
  • EMC CloudPools extends the Data Lake to the cloud, providing new efficiency gains by embracing the cloud as an archiving storage tier for cold data, while still making it accessible for on-demand analytics.


According to ESG, 53% of enterprises today have over 100 branch locations (as compared to 30% in 2011), and expanding the Data Lake to the edge increases data access and productivity for knowledge workers.  In today’s world of infinite data, organizations must adapt and shift access closer to users for increased productivity.

EMC IsilonSD Edge Software-Defined Storage expands the Data Lake with following benefits:

  • LARGE CAPACITY: Up to 36TB per edge location ensures that branch offices have the storage capacity they need to be productive.
  • PROTOCOL AND DATA SERVICES CONSISTENCY: Data access flexibility is unmatched, with multi-protocol support for HTTP, SWIFT, HDFS, SMB and NFS.
  • ECONOMICS: IsilonSD Edge is 100% software, running in VMware on COTS hardware and providing organizations with cost advantages and a range of deployment options.

The edge is just one focus of this trio of enabling technologies. Next up: The core and the cloud. The next generation of OneFS and new CloudPools enhance the Data Lake by providing:

  • SEAMLESS EXPANSION: CloudPools helps extend the Data Lake to the cloud by enabling a “frozen data” storage tier. The best part is that no cloud gateway is required and both users and applications retain full visibility and access to this data whenever they wish.
  • CLOUD-SCALE CAPACITY: Expand beyond the current 50PB scale of a single Isilon Cluster today to Cloud-Scale removing barriers and storage limitations.
  • CLOUD SECURITY: Keeps data secure in the cloud.  All CloudPools data is sharded, compressed and encrypted for maximum protection.
  • CONTINOUS OPERATIONS: Rely on the core data center and eliminate disruption to users and applications.  The next generation of OneFS introduces upgrade and rollback options that increase data availability.Cloudpools 2
  • MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY: Choose the right cloud for the business, with a flexible choice of public cloud providers, including Virtustream, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure.  Private cloud choices include EMC Elastic Cloud Storage ECS and Isilon.
  • ECONOMIC CHOICE: Expand storage with CAPEX or adopt public cloud storage to shift to an OPEX-based cost model while gaining nearly
    unlimited storage capacity.

We support all major HDFS providers:  Pivotal, Cloudera, Hortonworks, and IBM

Products and pricing available in early 2016.

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