For a large part of 2014, I was involved in a Proof-of-Concept (POC) at work with EMC and a great Adobe storage engineer, Jason (@jason_farns), working on using Isilon as the HDFS layer for virtualized Hadoop clusters. After many hours, long weekends and serious amounts of trial-and-error, a whitepaper has been published on the work we did. This is the first paper I have seen published where I was involved, and it is really exciting to see it out there for everyone to read.

There is always more work to be done, but this was a great start.