Need a Data Lake Foundation? EMC Portfolio Delivers

Today, EMC announces new products and solutions to support the Data Lake Foundation—the storage infrastructure that underpins the Business Data Lake solution. The Business Data Lake brings data, applications and analytics together while delivering analytics wherever needed.

When we talk to customers, we consistently hear about unprecedented data growth and the challenges of managing islands of storage.  We shared our Data Lake Foundation strategy last year and have been delivering products like EMC Isilon and EMC ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage) to help customers eliminate storage silos and provide simpler ways to store and manage data so they can focus efforts more toward gaining insights and value from their data.

Here’s what the Data Lake Foundation brings to the enterprise:

  • Efficient Storage: Eliminates storage silos, simplifies management, and improves utilization
  • Massive Scalability: Built from scale-out architectures that are massively scalable and simple to manage
  • Increased Operational Flexibility: Multi-protocol and next-generation access capabilities support traditional and emerging applications
  • Enterprise Attributes: Protects data with efficient and resilient backup, disaster recovery and security options
  • In-Place Big Data Analytics: Leverages shared storage and support for protocols such as HDFS to deliver cost-efficient, in-place analytics with faster time to results.

The two products within the EMC portfolio that best adhere to the Data Lake foundation attributes are EMC Isilon and EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). EMC Isilon provides an enterprise-scale, file-based Data Lake Foundation with the ability to run traditional and next-gen workloads, while ECS is our object storage Data Lake Foundation for the next generation of modern applications. As for benefits, Isilon provides a great balance of performance and capacity for analytics workloads, while ECS delivers geo-distributed high capacity analytics. With ECS and the new Isilon platform and features, customers have everything they need to store, protect, secure, manage and analyze all unstructured data now, and in the future.


Last year, we announced that we are doubling our world-record performance numbers with the new Isilon S210 platform. Today we are announcing a 2.5X increase in capacity with the new Isilon HD400 platform that allows customers to scale their Data Lake Foundation to an unprecedented 50PB within a single cluster. This platform is ideal for customers who require a powerful, scalable, high-capacity platform to store between 2PB and 50PB. This capacity is ideal for Deep Archiving, Disaster Recovery and for building out a high-capacity Data Lake Foundation. Further, the extremely dense (3.2PB/ rack) HD400 will help reduce operational expenses including power, cooling and datacenter floor space expense by 50%.



In addition to the new array, we are also announcing new features to enable our customers to gain rich insights from the data within the Data Lake. The new OneFS 7.2 operating system will support newer and more current versions of Hadoop protocols including HDFS 2.3 and HDFS 2.4 delivering faster time to insights.

We are also announcing support for OpenStack Swift to support both file and object – the unstructured data types that are growing the fastest.


The key to realizing value from the data in a Data Lake Foundation is leveraging the rich analytics tools that our ISV partners like Cloudera and Pivotal provide. These partners’ applications are certified to run on the Isilon Data Lake Foundation. Today, we are announcing certification with another industry leader for Enterprise Hadoop: Hortonworks. This certification effort is a culmination of our coordinated engineering efforts to run the most comprehensive Hadoop test suite against the Isilon OneFS system. We also continue to work very closely with several of our other analytics ecosystem partners to provide customers with rich Data Lake solutions.

Mitch Ferguson, VP Business Development, Hortonworks: “With the certification of EMC Isilon on the Hortonworks Data Platform organizations can now leverage their shared storage ability to run new analytic workloads and get more value from their existing data. By working together on engineering and integration with Apache Ambari, customers of Hortonworks and EMC can now deploy tiering and speed up time to insights while using the most thoroughly tested Hadoop distribution against Isilon.”

Visit us at Strata Hadoop World booth #631 for more info on the Data Lake Foundation.

About the Author: Sam Grocott

Sam Grocott is the Senior Vice President of Dell Technologies Business Unit (DTBU) Marketing, which focuses on all infrastructure and client solutions as well as the associated services portfolio. DTBU Marketing also includes key GTM activities across global business-to-business (B2B) campaigns, portfolio messaging and competitive intelligence. Sam began his career with Isilon Systems in 2001 leading Product Management and was responsible for helping bring to market Isilon’s first products in 2003. After Isilon was acquired by EMC in 2010, Sam continued to lead the marketing and product management team that delivered the industry leading scale-out NAS offering. When EMC was acquired by Dell in in 2016, Sam’s role expanded to include the entire Dell EMC Infrastructure Solutions portfolio for Marketing. This set into motion what ultimately resulted in the creation of DTBU Marketing, representing the entire Dell Technologies portfolio.