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EMC goes Nitro with all-flash Isilon array

LAS VEGAS — EMC dropped a surprise at EMC World today by previewing an all-flash version of its Isilon clustered NAS system.

C.J. Desai, president of EMC’s Emerging Technologies Division, said “Project Nitro,” has been in the works for 18 months and is scheduled to go into beta in the second half of 2016 and begin shipping GA next year. Desai said the system will scale to 400 nodes, 100 PB of capacity and 1.5 TB per second of throughput. He described it as a “super super dense” system packed with 15 TB solid state drives.

EMC currently has four all-flash storage systems with the launch of the midrange Unity array this week. Unity joins VMAX All Flash, XtremIO and the DSSD D5 massive shared storage  system in EMC’s portfolio. Isilon will be the last of the vendor’s primary storage systems to go all-flash.

Nitro looms as a competitor to Pure Storage’s FlashBlade array for unstructured data, which was announced in March and is due to ship later this year.