EMC unveiled an updated version of the operating system powering its Isilon NAS appliance on Tuesday. The offering, according to the company, has been built on borrowed technology from the Greenplum Hadoop appliance - a move, designed to facilitate the Isilon NAS natively integrate with Hadoop's DFS (distributed File System) protocol.
Sam Grocott - EMC Isilon's vice president for marketing claimed that the update will eventually ensure a first scale-out NAS appliance, capable of providing peer-to-peer data protection for Hadoop users. In addition, it will also help them to efficiently meet their growing data requirement, Grocott said.
The Apache Hadoop project is basically aimed at allowing applications to run on massive clusters made from commodity hardware. It operates by splitting an application into a number of smaller segments of work. Each of the segments are designed to be executed on virtually any node in the cluster.
"Big data is growing, and getting harder to manage. Hadoop helps customers understand what's going on by running business analytics against that data," Grocott explained, reports CRN.
"We're seeing it [Hadoop] move into the enterprise where Open Source is not good enough, and where customers want a complete solution," he added.