A third reason I like SnapshotIQ: Isilon made the smart move of integrating snapshots with Microsoft Shared Copy for Shared Folders , which means that if a file has been deleted or damaged beyond repair, Microsoft CIFS (Common Internet File System) users can do self-service restore from one of those 1,024 copies.
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It's interesting that Isilon brought forth no hardware changes of any kind with the latest announcements. Perhaps it's because customers could already choose from several compatible boxes to build their nodes but had no similar largesse when deciding how to improve backup of their files.
Perhaps future versions of OneFS will move even further in that direction, but Isilon refused to reveal next steps. If the company continues on this path, it will surely make clustered storage more popular in the enterprise.
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