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Alexandria Digital Library Selects Isilon IQ

Stores world's largest educational archive of geographic reference information (September 21, 2004)

Isilon Systems, the premier provider of intelligent clustered storage systems for digital content, announced today at Storage Decisions Fall 2004 that the University of California Santa Barbara's (UCSB) Alexandria Digital Library (ADL) has deployed Isilon IQ for the storage and management of one of the world's largest geographically referenced data libraries.

ADL collections, which include maps, satellite and other imagery, are used by researchers, engineers, governments and conservation organizations worldwide to better visualize, understand and track the physical world. Some of the premier ADL collections include digital elevation maps and graphics of the United States, imagery from more than eight hundred expeditions by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and world maps from the United States Central Intelligence Agency.

ADL selected Isilon IQ because it allows them to centralize their storage architecture, store their data with unparalleled reliability, simplify the management and growth of their repositories, and geographically distribute their data using Isilon SyncIQ replication software. By creating a single pool of networked storage, Isilon IQ enables organizations to reliably add tens, hundreds, or thousands of terabytes of storage while minimizing operational costs.

"Isilon IQ offers the unsurpassed ability to centralize, manage and easily grow our vast repository of images and geographically referenced data," said Larry Carver, director of library technologies and digital initiatives at the UC Santa Barbara Davidson Libraries. "Isilon IQ is helping us make more content available online than ever before, reducing management overhead, and enabling us to easily share data over the Internet with our partner libraries and the public around the world."

The dramatic increase in satellite and terrestrial image resolution has allowed ADL to amass some of the most detailed and largest datasets in the world The sheer size of their collection, and rate of new additions to it, strained their legacy storage systems and forced users and administrators to navigate a complicated maze in order to access the desired data. With Isilon IQ, ADL will be able to make more data immediately available to its researchers and patrons, and will be able to seamlessly grow their content repositories thanks to Isilon's revolutionary OneFS distributed file system.

"Isilon IQ is an ideal storage solution for reference information," said Tony Asaro, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "Because of Isilon IQ's single level of management and seamless ability to add extra capacity, customers can support one terabyte of storage as easily as one petabyte (1,000 TB). ESG believes customers looking for a storage solution for their reference data should evaluate Isilon IQ."

"We are thrilled to be helping the Alexandria Digital Library fulfill their academic and research missions by making their valuable reference information easier to store, manage and share," said Brett Goodwin, Isilon vice president of marketing and business development. "We designed Isilon's storage systems to enable organizations to manage the huge wave of digitized reference information being created, and afford them control of their operating and management costs in ways not possible with traditional storage systems."

Isilon IQ is an award winning high performance clustered storage system that combines an intelligent distributed file system with modular industry standard hardware to deliver unmatched simplicity and scalability. Isilon's OneFS distributed file system eliminates islands of storage by creating a single global namespace, and enables customers to grow both storage capacity and performance linearly. Isilon SyncIQ is an enterprise class software application that allows policy-based asynchronous replication between Isilon IQ clusters over the WAN and LAN. Isilon's family of storage products are specifically designed for high-growth, high-throughput applications, such as those in media and entertainment, digital imaging, research, life sciences, and oil and gas discovery.

Isilon at Storage Decisions Fall 2004
Isilon will demonstrate its award winning Isilon IQ clustered storage system and SyncIQ replication software at Storage Decisions Fall 2004 in Chicago September 20-22. In addition, Isilon CTO and Co-founder Sujal Patel will speak in the Storage Decisions Emerging Technologies Showcase on Monday, September 20, at 3:00 p.m. To request a meeting with Isilon, please contact Samantha Steinwinder, 206-713-6983, [email protected]. For more information about Storage Decisions, visit:

About Isilon Systems
Isilon is the premier provider of intelligent clustered storage systems for digital content. Isilon's award-winning product, Isilon IQ, is a high performance clustered storage system that combines an intelligent distributed file system with modular industry standard hardware to deliver unmatched simplicity and scalability. Isilon IQ was designed for digital content and large data-intensive markets, such as media and entertainment, digital imaging, life sciences, and oil and gas. The Seattle-based company is financed by Lehman Brothers Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, Atlas Venture and Madrona Venture Group. For more information, visit:


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