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Isilon Systems was acquired by EMC in 2010; EMC now offers Isilon NAS solutions.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/y3/li/F3BEL8GRAVMO.pngDell EMC Isilon Scale-Out NAS - Best of BreedWe are using Isilon Scale-Out NAS across all departments within our organization. We use it for storing everything from administrative data (Excel and word documents) to research and multimedia projects. Isilon allows us to grow seamlessly (our environment has been growing at a very rapid rate) and to provide our users with the space and protection their data needs.,Snapshots of folders/files which integrate with Microsoft VSS (previous versions). This allows for quick recovery of lost or deleted files. Replication of data to a secondary location. We do not need to try to backup such a large environment since we are replicating off site. Integration with with our Identity management. We can allow users to access files using Active Directory authentication and SMB or NFS protocols.,Job engine. The larger the cluster becomes, the longer some of the jobs can run (AutoBalance, DeDupe). Some jobs can not run at the same time, meaning you have to wait for 1 to finish. Support - Support has been less than spectacular over the last 2 years or so. Meta Data analysis. You need to use third party tools to catalog and search meta data.,9,We were able to consolidate multiple Windows Files servers into our 1 Isilon and users can easily navigate to find their files. With snapshots and replication we are able to protect data both locally and off site without having to worry about backup windows. We are able to quickly and easily add capacity as needed. No fork lift upgrades.,EMC Celerra,Sumo Logic, Infoblox IPAM, OrionIsilon Scale-Out NASWe use Isilon NAS accross our entire organization. It houses multiple data types, from user file share and home directories to PACS images and archives.,Isilon NAS scales up well and node replacement is easy. You can replace a node by simply adding a new node and evacuating the node that you want to retire. If the file system layout is designed and executed properly it is an excellent SMB platform with the flexibility to adjust to different share structures. Make sure to take the time to fully understand the AD integration and best practices for share and NTFS permissions management. Node redundancy allows for most upgrades to be installed and applied with rolling node reboots allowing the file systems to stay available throughout the process of applying updates. Native replication is excellent. Jobs complete quickly and we rarely have any replication issues with our Isilon to Isilon replication.,Some upgrades require the entire cluster to be rebooted simultaneously. In this day and age, that should not be necessary. This is my biggest disappointment with Isilon to date. When using multiple storage pools you have to be very careful with your capacity management. Filling up one pool can cause an overflow of data to a pool that is less performance driven. Do not underestimate your capacities or you will find yourself in a tight spot. Block size is almost always an issue with Isilon. It does not handle all types of data well. In many cases PACS and VNA data is best to be stored on a different storage platform that will utilize the capacity more efficiently that Isilon is capable of. Deduplication seems to be less efficient on Isilon than on other platforms for similar types of data.,8,We are currently researching other vendors for our Medical imaging archives due to issues with space utilization efficiency on Isilon.,EMC VNX,Avamar, VMware ESXiBest scale out performance with global namespace in the businessOur company implemented an Isilon cluster to manage millions of black and white tif image files that our software manipulates and makes searchable for end users. We also have solved other business obstacles including a secure FTP on the Isilon cluster.,Auto data balancing between nodes while still maintaining great performance Directory snapshots Universal namespace Network load balancing across nodes,OneFS block size is somewhere around 128kb stripe unit while most of our tif image files are around 50kb so our logical vs. physical storage is far apart. This caused extra capacity to be needed. I'd like to see the minimum block size to be smaller or initially adjustable depending on user data type. This may just be a training issue, but it's confusing looking at "free" space available when I have a file share mapped to Windows vs. what OneFS states for available free space as they do not match. We noticed that after adding a new node to an existing cluster in production that we had to adjust the networking config in OneFS to allow for another dhcp address so the new node could get an IP address. Normally this wouldn't matter, but it did have a nasty side effect where the SMB service failed after changing the network config which caused a system wide outage since we mostly use SMB protocol. Once the SMB service was restarted via ssh, we were back in business and it was working again.,9,The global namespace feature has reduced complexity significantly and made projects turn around faster. Conversion of data is 10 times faster and less complex. Initial customer installations are significantly faster. Management of data is significantly easier.,overland, SnapServer and SnapScale,VMware ESXi, EMC VNX, Data Domain
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August 28, 2018

Review: "Dell EMC Isilon Scale-Out NAS - Best of Breed"

Score 9 out of 10
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We are using Isilon Scale-Out NAS across all departments within our organization. We use it for storing everything from administrative data (Excel and word documents) to research and multimedia projects. Isilon allows us to grow seamlessly (our environment has been growing at a very rapid rate) and to provide our users with the space and protection their data needs.
  • Snapshots of folders/files which integrate with Microsoft VSS (previous versions). This allows for quick recovery of lost or deleted files.
  • Replication of data to a secondary location. We do not need to try to backup such a large environment since we are replicating off site.
  • Integration with with our Identity management. We can allow users to access files using Active Directory authentication and SMB or NFS protocols.
  • Job engine. The larger the cluster becomes, the longer some of the jobs can run (AutoBalance, DeDupe). Some jobs can not run at the same time, meaning you have to wait for 1 to finish.
  • Support - Support has been less than spectacular over the last 2 years or so.
  • Meta Data analysis. You need to use third party tools to catalog and search meta data.
EMC Isilon Scale-Out NAS is well suited for larger files (greater the 128 Kb) and where you need to have everything in one common name space. Where it is less appropriate is for many small files (millions of files less than 128 Kb in size) - this causes the protection level to becoming mirroring, which will cost more space.
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March 23, 2018

EMC Isilon Scale-Out NAS Review: "Isilon Scale-Out NAS"

Score 8 out of 10
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We use Isilon NAS accross our entire organization. It houses multiple data types, from user file share and home directories to PACS images and archives.
  • Isilon NAS scales up well and node replacement is easy. You can replace a node by simply adding a new node and evacuating the node that you want to retire.
  • If the file system layout is designed and executed properly it is an excellent SMB platform with the flexibility to adjust to different share structures. Make sure to take the time to fully understand the AD integration and best practices for share and NTFS permissions management.
  • Node redundancy allows for most upgrades to be installed and applied with rolling node reboots allowing the file systems to stay available throughout the process of applying updates.
  • Native replication is excellent. Jobs complete quickly and we rarely have any replication issues with our Isilon to Isilon replication.
  • Some upgrades require the entire cluster to be rebooted simultaneously. In this day and age, that should not be necessary. This is my biggest disappointment with Isilon to date.
  • When using multiple storage pools you have to be very careful with your capacity management. Filling up one pool can cause an overflow of data to a pool that is less performance driven. Do not underestimate your capacities or you will find yourself in a tight spot.
  • Block size is almost always an issue with Isilon. It does not handle all types of data well. In many cases PACS and VNA data is best to be stored on a different storage platform that will utilize the capacity more efficiently that Isilon is capable of.
  • Deduplication seems to be less efficient on Isilon than on other platforms for similar types of data.
EMC Isilon is well suited for user data and data analytics. It's not very well suited for medical images on certain VNAs. Isilon native blocksize is very inefficient for storing this type of data and can cause an inefficient use of your capacity.
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January 13, 2016

EMC Isilon Scale-Out NAS Review: "Best scale out performance with global namespace in the business"

Score 9 out of 10
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Our company implemented an Isilon cluster to manage millions of black and white tif image files that our software manipulates and makes searchable for end users. We also have solved other business obstacles including a secure FTP on the Isilon cluster.
  • Auto data balancing between nodes while still maintaining great performance
  • Directory snapshots
  • Universal namespace
  • Network load balancing across nodes
  • OneFS block size is somewhere around 128kb stripe unit while most of our tif image files are around 50kb so our logical vs. physical storage is far apart. This caused extra capacity to be needed. I'd like to see the minimum block size to be smaller or initially adjustable depending on user data type.
  • This may just be a training issue, but it's confusing looking at "free" space available when I have a file share mapped to Windows vs. what OneFS states for available free space as they do not match.
  • We noticed that after adding a new node to an existing cluster in production that we had to adjust the networking config in OneFS to allow for another dhcp address so the new node could get an IP address. Normally this wouldn't matter, but it did have a nasty side effect where the SMB service failed after changing the network config which caused a system wide outage since we mostly use SMB protocol. Once the SMB service was restarted via ssh, we were back in business and it was working again.
Any unstructured data requiring a global namespace or files share will work GREAT on an Isilon cluster. The only thing I'd recommend is have a Mitrends file assessment done of your data before purchasing to determine if your data is larger than 124kb for your files, if not, you'll end up needing more space.
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