So – today, there were two releases that represent two totally opposite ends of the extreme when it comes to NAS (and suggests, perhaps, the way things will go over time). Interesting to see how it represents where EMC is today (and hints at where we’re going) re the extreme entry-point, and extreme scaling point.
First – Dr. Martens (yup, the folks with the cool shoes) picks Iomega for their relatively modest (but still critical to them!) NAS and block storage for both primary and for helping their backup/recovery processes.
Dr. Martens has taken advantage of its Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d units to perform faster, flawless backups.
Dr. Martens also plans to leverage the Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d's robust, reliable performance and iSCSI connectivity to expand its reach within the organization. Additionally, the fact that the StorCenter ix4-200d is the first NAS server in its class to be VMware certified gives the company an easy and highly cost-effective replacement for its aging IBM SAN. "The Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d is exactly what I was looking for," concludes Guanco. "This highly functional NAS platform has exceeded my expectations in terms of supporting disk-based backup, recovery and disaster recovery. I'm looking forward to additional uses in the future."
Second – EMC Isilon doesn’t just break, but SHATTERS the world records for NFS and CIFS performance and scaling.
You can see the SPEC SFS results here, but here’s a summary table of some of the key results:
|Vendor||Peak CIFS IOPS||CIFS ORT||Peak NFS IOPS||NFS ORT||Number of File Systems|
|EMC Isilon||1,612,778||2.34||1,112,705|| |
|EMC VNX||661,951||0.81|| |
You can see that EMC is doing great here in two distinct categories. VNX holds the record in the “swiss army knife” grouping (storage platforms that do it all) – which consists of few others, but certainly our respected colleagues at NetApp (FAS hardware running the ONTAP 7-mode software stack).
There’s the emerging category of large scale-out filesystem storage, where Isilon competes with some (IBM SONAS, and NetApp FAS hardware running the ONTAP cluster-mode software stack or NetApp Engenio hardware running things like Gluster), and competes very strongly.
A little sidebar… NetApp – you are our primary NAS competitor, and a strong competitor for EMC in the “swiss army knife” category (VNX vs. 7-mode software stack on FAS hardware). But clearly these massive scale-out global namespace models is one of the ways the filesystem world is evolving (in parallel to continued evolutions in the “swiss army knife” category). Where are you?
Ok, back to the point… The key, however, about the Isilon result isn’t just that it’s huge (it is), or that it’s a single, global filesystem that can be PB in scale (it is), or that it’s 140 nodes in the cluster (which it is), or that it uses swank Isilon S200 hardware (Westmere, SSDs, SAS, 10GbE out the ying-yang).
What’s a amazing to me is that:
- the environment scaled linearly (and results were posted at 14, 28, 56 and 140 nodes scaling points)
- customers can start small (and low cost) and easy.
- and it stays easy as the cluster grows. Filesystems spread out automatically across nodes as you add them. Metadata gets distributed across nodes – including using SSDs preferentially where they help. If you’ve never added a Isilon node – a trained monkey could do it. Heck, forget the training – give it an IP, and go.
Here’s a video that shows the cluster growing during the build for the SPEC SFS exercise.
Pretty darn cool if you ask me :-)