Pillar Data Floats SAN/NAS Strategy
Ellison's $100-Million-Plus Start-up Close to Production
Apr. 28, 2005 06:00 PM
Pillar Data Systems, a start-up storage company from San Jose that features a former IBM storage guru as its CEO, is developing a unique storage subsystem that stores data based on its assigned level of importance.
Funded with $100-million-plus from Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's Lawrence Investment, the company started life as an Israeli company, Digital Appliance, that was to provide technology for Ellison's network computer (NC).
Pillar's systems, expected to be delivered later this year, will be reportedly be called "Axiom" and will be designed to expected to combine the two major enterprise storage approaches: storage area networking (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS).
Pillars' approach is also expected to store data with the most demanding seek-time requirements on the outside of the disk, where seek time is fastest, then layer other types of data toward the inside, where seek times become slower.
Pillar is expected to deliver a number of rack-mounted systems, with what will be called the "Pilot Policy Controller" to enable system administration. Customers are expected to be able to configure their systems in either a NAS or SAN environment, or combine the two.
Capacities are expected in the 2-terabyte to 166-terabyte range. Pricing is expected to be aggressive, which wouldn't be a surprise given that the company will be competing with entrenched vendors in both the NAS and SAN arenas.