While there's obviously a lot of interest in the Hadoop data management framework as an alternative approach to storing massive amounts of data, more than a few enterprises have found the fact that Hadoop currently requires dedicated storage systems a bit troubling. What they are typically trying to avoid is creating islands of storage systems within their organizations that need to be managed separately.
To address that specific issue, EMC this week announced that it has isolated the underlying file system for managing Hadoop from the rest of the Hadoop environment. That file system has then been integrated with the company's Isilon network attach storage (NAS) systems.
According to Sam Grocott, senior director of product management for EMC Isilon, this means that customers of EMC no longer need to dedicate specific storage to Hadoop. Instead, the EMC Isilon systems now treat Hadoop as if it were any other application.
EMC is also moving to bundle Greenplum HD, its implementation of Hadoop that provides additional analytics capabilities, with its Isilon storage system. But the support for the native support for the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) means that the Isilon storage systems can be seamlessly integrated with any distribution of Hadoop, says Grocott.
IT organizations in the enterprise have never been big fans of anything that requires dedicated IT infrastructure and specialists to manage it. After all, the single largest cost of enterprise IT is labor. By integrating HDFS with its Isilon systems, EMC is signaling that rather than being something that stands apart from the rest of enterprise, Hadoop is about to become part of the IT mainstream.