SoftLayerR Powers Enterprise Cloud Services With Isilon IQ


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Leading Provider of Global, On-Demand Data Center and Hosting Services
Deploys Isilon Scale-out NAS to Expand Service Capabilities without
Additional Headcount

DALLAS-February 17, 2010-IsilonR Systems (Nasdaq: ISLN) today announced that
SoftLayer has deployed Isilon scale-out NAS to power its enterprise cloud
infrastructure, providing global, on-demand data center and hosting services
for thousands of customers. Using Isilon IQ, featuring its OneFSR operating
system, SoftLayer has unified all of its file-based cloud operations onto a
single, high performance, highly scalable, shared pool of storage,
streamlining data management and increasing efficiency across three
different, geographically disparate data center facilities. With Isilon
scale-out NAS, SoftLayer can scale its storage resources in lockstep with
customer demand, reducing capital expenditures while delivering more robust,
flexible and responsive services to its worldwide customer base.

“Our cloud services address customers’ need for enterprise-class data center
resources, meaning our network, servers and storage must always be available
on-demand,” said Jacob Linscott, director of IT systems, SoftLayer. “Isilon
IQ fits the bill perfectly-an easy-to-use single file system that allows us
to buy what we need, when we need it, and then scale capacity and
performance in-line with business growth. With Isilon, we’ve improved
service functionality and flexibility without having to add any headcount.”

SoftLayer’s global, on-demand data center and hosting services deliver fully
automated solutions from facilities across the United States, providing
enterprises with complete access, control, security and scalability. Prior
to deploying Isilon IQ, SoftLayer’s traditional SAN system was incapable of
cost-effectively scaling to meet the high I/O and data growth requirements
of its rapidly expanding customer base, preventing SoftLayer from fully
capitalizing on market demand. By deploying Isilon scale-out NAS,
SoftLayer’s cloud infrastructure can now service a broad spectrum of
enterprise applications-including server and desktop virtualization, highly
transactional workloads and disaster recovery-improving its ability to
address mainstream data center requirements. With Isilon IQ, SoftLayer has
unified all of its file-based cloud operations onto a single, easy-to-use,
“pay as you grow” file system, decreasing both capital and operational
expenditures, while accelerating business growth.

“As businesses enlist cloud service providers to reduce costs and increase
efficiency, the providers’ most immediate challenge is how best to manage
the rapid data growth and high performance requirements of their expanding
customer base,” said Sam Grocott, vice president of marketing, Isilon
Systems. “SoftLayer is setting the example for enterprise cloud services by
using Isilon scale-out NAS to broaden its service offering, minimize costs
and maximize its market opportunity.”

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About Isilon Systems
Isilon Systems (Nasdaq: ISLN) is the proven leader in scale-out NAS.
Isilon’s clustered storage and data management solutions drive unique
business value for customers by maximizing the performance of their
mission-critical applications, workflows, and processes. Isilon enables
enterprises and research organizations worldwide to manage large and rapidly
growing amounts of file-based data in a highly scalable, easy-to-manage, and
cost-effective way. Information about Isilon can be found at

About SoftLayer Technologies
Headquartered in Plano, Texas, SoftLayer provides best in class, on-demand
IT services on a global basis from facilities in Dallas, Seattle, and
Washington, DC. SoftLayer integrates and automates all IT elements to
innovate industry-leading services-including cloud, dedicated, and virtual
computing environments-all managed through a single interface. Enterprises
of all sizes benefit from gaining complete control, security, scalability,
and ease-of-management for their IT solution. For more information, please
visit or call 866.398.7638.

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