EMC to buy Isilon for £1.4bn

EMC has announced it will acquire the data storage firm by the end of 2010

EMC has announced it will acquire data storage firm Isilon for $2.25bn (£1.4bn) by the end of the year.

EMC said the acquisition of Isilon, a network-attached storage (NAS) systems company, will help it to offer customers a highly scalable, low-cost storage infrastructure for managing 'big data' in private or public cloud environments.

"Isilon will enable EMC to accelerate our storage revenue growth and serve our customers across a broader range of the storage systems market," said Pat Gelsinger, president and COO of EMC information infrastructure products.

Tim Stammers, analyst at Ovum, said the deal will make Isilon's products more widely available across Europe with the backing of a heavyweight supplier. For EMC, the acquisition will allow the company to enter the market for clustered NAS boxes, increasingly being used by companies in the oil, gas and genomics - the study of organisms' genomes - industries, he said.

"EMC was already a big seller of NAS boxes, but it was not successful at the high end of the market, which has been dominated by NetApp, and a handful of small specialists - among whom Isilon had by far the highest profile," said Stammers.

"For customers that are already using other EMC products Isilon will now be their first choice for large-scale NAS. EMC will integrate Isilon with its management software. One supplier, and one set of tools to manage a range of different boxes is always attractive," he added.

Read more on Networking hardware