Geospatial Solution

MC Isilon Performance and Scalability Lead the Way

Advances in computer technology have improved geospatial tools and techniques for land surveying, remote sensing, photogrammetry and other forms of earth mapping. However, these tools and techniques require performance and capacity traditional storage architectures simply can’t meet.

The EMC Isilon scale-out NAS platform, accelerates processing and analysis with high performance, limitless capacity and consolidation of applications, all in a simple to manage storage platform. Isilon can uniquely meet the performance and scalability demands of geospatial image processing workflows from photogrammetric processing steps, to pixel manipulation, to stitching and seaming.



Isilon performance-optimized storage minimizes I/O wait time and maximizes processing throughput to increase bandwidth. Isilon delivers high performance, highly scalable, shared pool of storage, doubling workflow productivity, while reducing storage management costs.



Isilon scale-out storage, powered by our OneFS operating system, combines a robust suite of management application and industry-standard, enterprise-class hardware to deliver meaningful and sustainable productivity enhancements.

Isilon S-Series

Recommended for high performance Tier 1 workflows and some Tier 2 workflows where maximum IOPS and latency is of critical importance. Each Isilon S-Series node has quad 1GbE or dual 1GbE and dual 10GbE front-end networking with 96GB of globally coherent cache which helps to accelerate overall geo-mapping/processing workflows.

Isilon X-Series

Ideal for workflows that require high concurrent and sequential throughput.  The X-Series provides the utmost flexibility and balance between the throughput performance and capacity needs of geo-spatial applications.

Isilon NL-Series

Purpose-built for cost-effective, large capacity storage. It affords the best dollar per terabyte ($/TB) of any scale-out storage and is an ideal solution for archival of data for regulatory/compliance or other business needs.

High Performance Applications

Rapidly access data across WANs for IP repositories and geographically distant design teams with Isilon SyncIQ, policy-based file replication system. For high performance wide area file and content delivery, Aspera for Isilon scale-out NAS quickly transfers even the largest of files across your wide area network for the highest compute power for computationally intensive tasks.


High Level Overview

Data Sheet

EMC Isilon InsightIQ

This Data Sheet describes how EMC Isilon InsightIQ helps you maximize the performance of your Isilon scale-out storage system with innovative, advanced analytics to optimize applications, correlate workflow and network events, and accurately forecast future storage needs.
Specification Sheet

EMC Isilon NL-Series

This Specification Sheet summarizes key customer benefits provided by the EMC Isilon NL-Series product line.  Elements include NL-Series Node specifications, storage cluster and product attributes, and environmental specification plus an Isilon Platform level storage architectural diagram.
Specification Sheet

EMC Isilon S-Series

This specification sheet summarizes key customer benefits provided by the EMC Isilon S-Series product line.  Elements include S-Series Node specifications, storage cluster and product attributes, and environmental specification plus an Isilon Platform level storage architectural diagram.
Data Sheet

EMC Isilon Scale-Out Storage Platform Overview

This data sheet provides an overview of the EMC Isilon scale-out storage family including the newest additions: The Isilon X400 and Isilon NL400. Key features and benefits of the EMC OneFS operating system and Isilon product families are provided along with typical enterprise customer use cases.
Data Sheet

EMC Isilon SmartPools

This Data Sheet describes EMC Isilon SmartPools, which allows multiple tiers of Isilon  storage nodes (including S-Series, X-Series, and NL-Series) to exist within a single file system, with a single point of management.
Specification Sheet

EMC Isilon X-Series

This Specification Sheet summarizes key customer benefits provided by the EMC Isilon X-Series product line.  Elements include X-Series Node specifications, storage cluster and product attributes, and environmental specification plus an Isilon Platform level storage architectural diagram.
Solution Overview

Isilon Scale-out Storage Solutions for High-performance Computing

This Solution Overview details how EMC Isilon scale-out storage meets the storage requirements of both HPC and technical computing environments, eliminating the need to move data from disparate, specialized storage solutions.
Customer Profile

NASA World Wind

This Customer Profile tells the compelling story of how NASA used EMC Isilon scale-out Network Attached Storage (NAS) to power geoprocessing applications to deliver breakthrough satellite imagery for NASA World Wind.
Customer Profile


This Customer Profile describes how EMC Isilon scale-out storage delivered a 533% increase in image processing speeds for Sanborn, reducing storage management to less than one full-time equivalent (FTE). With Isilon, Sanborn can now process 8,000 to 10,000 images per day, compared to less than 2,000 per day with their legacy NAS storage.

Top Five Reasons to Choose EMC Isilon’s Scale-out NAS Solutions

This Handout summarizes the core benefits of the EMC Isilon scale-out NAS storage platform.

Technical Overview

White Paper

Breaking the Bottleneck: Solving Storage Challenges of Next Generation Data Centers

With the three core elements of the modern day data center – compute power, the network and storage – in alignment, the corporate data center is now in its next evolutionary state. This White Paper addresses the challenges of the enterprise data center and how EMC Isilon scale-out storage provides an optimal storage platform.
Analyst Report

ESG Report: Scale-out 2.0

This June 2010 report by Enterprise Storage Group examines how enterprises that deploy scale-out network attached storage (NAS) solutions can get more value, dollar-for-dollar, from their infrastructure investments. Scale-out NAS has a compelling value proposition that lowers infrastructure costs, and improves power and management efficiencies.
Analyst Report

Forrester Report: Targeting Mission-Critical Workflows With Scale-Out File-Based Storage

In this commissioned report, Forrester Consulting examines storage environments to understand the current state and usage of file-based data in the enterprise, the needs of storage users and, most importantly, the concerns and challenges that file-based storage users are experiencing with their current solutions.
White Paper

Isilon IQ Scale-out NAS for High-Performance Applications

This White Paper describes how EMC Isilon scale-out storage optimizes the performance of your applications and speeds access to critical data. It includes benchmarks, guidelines and best practices for configuring and scaling an Isilon cluster to meet the performance requirements of your organization.
Analyst Report

Storage Switzerland Report: The Case for Scale-Out NAS

Performance bottlenecks caused by multi-tenant workloads and server virtualization negatively impact revenue, customer satifisfaction and competitive advantage. In this report, Storage Switzerland reviews how scale-out storage can resolve these bottlenecks and outpace the performance capabilities of traditional storage architectures.

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