Dell EMC Isilon

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Solution Overview
Dell EMC Isilon all-flash storage platforms, powered by the Isilon OneFS operating system, provide a powerful yet simple scale-out storage architecture to speed access to massive amounts of unstructured data, while dramatically reducing cost and complexity. With a highly dense design that contains 4 nodes within a single 4U chassis, Isilon all-flash delivers extreme performance and efficiency for your most demanding unstructured data applications and workloads. 

Dell EMC Isilon F800: Provides massive performance and capacity and delivers up to 250,000 IOPS and 15 GB/sec aggregate throughput in a single chassis configuration and up to 15.75M IOPS and 945 GB/s of aggregate throughput in a 252 node cluster. Each chassis houses 60 SSDs with a capacity choice of 1.6 TB, 3.2 TB, 3.84 TB, 7.68 TB or 15.36 TB per drive. This allows you to scale raw storage capacity1 from 96 TB to 924 TB in a single 4U chassis and up to 58 PB5 in a single cluster. 

Efficiency: Isilon scale-out storage delivers up to 80 percent storage utilization versus about 50 percent for traditional platforms. Isilon SmartDedupe data deduplication software enhances storage efficiency to reduce your physical storage requirements by up to 35 percent. Isilon’s policy-based, automated tiering options allow you to optimize storage resources and further lower costs. In addition to these advantages that apply to all Isilon platforms, Isilon F810 all-flash offers inline data compression to further reduce data storage infrastructure requirements, increase density and lower costs. 

Flexibility: Powered by the OneFS operating system, Isilon all-flash storage supports all major protocols and data access methods including NFS, SMB, HDFS, HTTP, and FTP. This means that you can support a wide range of unstructured data applications and workloads on a single storage platform.

Data protection: Isilon all -flash storage is highly resilient and offers N+1 through N+4 redundancy. With Isilon you may also choose from a variety of efficient and proven enterprise data backup and disaster recovery options.

Security: Isilon all -flash offers a broad range of robust security options including FIPS 140-2 level 2 self-encrypting drives, role-based access control (RBAC), secure access zones, SEC 17a-4 compliant WORM data immutability, and file system auditing support. 

Goals & Objectives

The goal of this lab is to provide hands on access to the Isilon user interface. Users will be able to get a feel for the interface and administration tasks available in the Isilon software. 

Hardware & Software

Per node:
  • Intel Xeon E5-2679A v4 processor
  • 256 GB Memory 
  • 12 x 1920GB SSD Drives (86.1 TB total capacity)
  • 2 x 40GbE Front-End Network Connectivity