The EMC IsilonSD product family combines the power of Isilon scale-out NAS with the economy of software-defined storage. IsilonSD Edge is purpose-built software that addresses the need in enterprise edge locations to store growing amounts of unstructured data. IsilonSD Edge allows you to quickly deploy a simple and efficient scale-out NAS solution in a VMware environment. It also extends the reach of the data lake from your core datacenter to your edge locations by economically supporting smaller capacity deployments in a virtualized infrastructure. The data lake enables you to improve storage utilization, eliminate islands of storage and lower your TCO.
Running IsilonSD Edge on VxRail provides a simple, agile and cost-efficient platform to deliver file services from within a VxRail cluster. It is easy to manage with standard VMware tools. And it allows customers to consolidate and distribute data from and to remote locations. Best of all, it deploys in minutes. IsilonSD Edge includes all Isilon’s OneFS data services & protocols, including SMB, NFS, HDFS and OpenStack Swift.
IsilonSD Edge is tightly integrated with the VMware environment and runs on top of VMware ESXi 6.0 with VxRail 4.0 software or VMware ESXi 6.5 on VxRail 4.5 software. It leverages vCenter® with a management server that runs as a virtual image and can be used to install licenses, or add and remove nodes from a cluster. The IsilonSD Edge management server also installs a plug-in into vCenter that can be used to configure the cluster. The server and storage resources on VxRail do not need to be dedicated to IsilonSD Edge. If performance and capacity needs are met, other applications can run concurrently in the VxRail cluster. IsilonSD Edge with vSAN on VxRail is a validated and tested solution using VMFS or vSAN datastores.
The following figure summarizes the benefits of running IsilonSD Edge on VxRail.
Figure 73. IsilonSD Edge running on VxRail benefits
Each IsilonSD Edge instance on your VxRail cluster can scale up to 36 TB, which is sufficient to handle the needs of many remote and branch offices. You do not have to dedicate your VxRail environment to your IsilonSD Edge cluster – you can run it alongside other workloads in the VxRail cluster.