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Deakin University signs up for Isilon scale-out NAS

Simon Sharwood

 Deakin University has replaced a SAN with a scale-out NAS from Isilon and will use the new equipment to stream video for students in its distance learning programs.

Information Technology Services Division Manager Craig Warren said the University was experiencing "uncontrolled demand" for storage and had found the cost of expanding its SAN unacceptable.

Isilon's products appealed, Warren said, because they offered "a clustered option with a linear growth model where you could keep adding nodes. Other technologies offered expansion but it meant buying another couple of units which you would have to manage separately. So you would end up with different pools of storage to manage and the more you expanded the storage, the more management was required rather than having one system that just grew."

The University has therefore acquired a four-node Isilon IQ6000 clustered system and has since added a further 24 nodes. Data is protected by Isilon's SnapshotIQ software.

The devices are being used to store video that is available for viewing by students in the University's distance learning programs. Students and staff are also offered personal storage spaces, with 5Gb made available to students and double that for staff.

Isilon announced the win today - and promised the announcement of a win in the bio-informatics industry - at an event in Sydney today where it previewed new products to be released next week. Enhancements

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to the company's filesystem and analytics tools.

Dave Demmocks, the company's Sales Director for Australia and New Zealand, said the company is currently targeting the bio-informatics and media & entertainment industries, but will soon explore the oil and gas industry.

Organisations that have deployed 50 or more virtual machines are also in Isilon's sights, with Director of Product Management Nick Kirsch saying such organisations are weary of constantly migrating virtual machines from one LUN to another. By offering organisations a single volume that can scale  without the need for new LUNs of volumes, he believes Isilon can offer organisations a strong incentive to adopt Isilon at the expense of incumbents used for more general storage applications.

The company also indicated its intention to expand its channel beyond its current two resellers, and said it is considering appointing a distributor and creating a cache of spare parts in Melbourne. Unisys provides the company's local maintenance services and Demmocks said this partnership "has been going well."