Dell EMC Isilon is the leading scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) platform and offers the right blend of performance and capacity to support a wide range of unstructured data workloads, including high-performance computing (HPC), file shares, home directories, archives, media content, video surveillance, and in-place data analytics. Isilon offers all-flash, hybrid, and archive storage systems that can be combined into a single cluster. All Isilon models are powered by the Isilon OneFS operating system. With its modular hardware design, Isilon solutions scale easily from tens of terabytes to tens of petabytes in a single cluster.
The OneFS operating system uses a single volume, single namespace, single file system architecture, making Isilon storage systems simple to install, manage, and scale. And with automated, policy-based management options, including data protection, replication, load-balancing, storage tiering, and cloud integration, Isilon solutions remain simple to manage no matter how large the data environment becomes.
All nodes work together as peers in the cluster, leaving no single point of failure. As nodes are added, OneFS expands dynamically and redistributes data, eliminating the work of partitioning disks and creating volumes. Additionally, OneFS ensures that the workloads are dynamically reassigned when a failure occurs. This is achieved using the OneFS SmartConnect feature.
The Isilon Scale-out NAS utilizes Dell EMC Networking Ethernet switches to provide the network. Dell EMC SmartFabric OS10 with SFS is used in the provided examples. OS10 is a native, Linux-based network operating system that has a fully disaggregated software architecture. OS10 decouples the base software from the Layer 2 (L2) and Layer 3 (L3) protocol stack and services, which allows for open programmability and portability. This also allows greater utilization of Dell EMC’s Open Networking. In this guide, Dell EMC operating systems are utilized.