Enabling Greater Research Productivity

Dramatic advances in next gen sequencing technologies, ever-greater microscopy resolutions and a many-fold increase in the number of medical imaging devices are driving unprecedented growth of critical file-based research data. EMC Isilon scale-out NAS solutions dramatically increase the productivity of mission-critical life science and bioinformatics research applications and workflows while driving down complexity and cost.




Making a High-Growth Environment Simple & Powerful

Life science and bioinformatics organizations pursue their research objectives in myriad ways, but their storage challenges have much in common. They require massive scaling headroom, significant storage performance, accommodation of various file types and access patterns, and multi-protocol accessibility. And most of all, as organizations often perceived as “data rich” but “IT-light”, they need their large-scale storage to be simple. Simple to buy, build, maintain, and grow.

Life sciences and bioinformatics organizations benefit from the ability of EMC Isilon scale-out NAS to:

  • Easily and non-disruptively scale a single file system/single volume on a “pay-as-you-grow” basis from 10 terabytes to over 15 petabytes
  • Provide simplicity and ease-of-use that extend the productivity of one FTE to multi-petabyte scale
  • Accommodate a wide range of file types and access patterns
  • Enable raw storage utilization rates to over 80 percent
  • Reduce technology “lock-in” risk with multi-protocol access options
  • Facilitate massive concurrent read/write access
  • Drive productivity in a wide range of workflows-from the highest performance HPC environments to massive data archives


Complete and Cost-Effective Scale-out NAS for Maximum Workflow Productivity

EMC Isilon scale-out NAS solutions, designed specifically to meet the challenges typical of life science and bioinformatics organizations, offer the only “pay-as-you-grow” model for adding storage capacity quickly and easily. Isilon’s range of capabilities for accessing online, nearline, and long-term data helps you to configure just the right solution for your needs, and cost-effectively adapt as your needs change. When it comes to achieving exceptional productivity for mission critical research applications and workflows, Isilon’s award-winning solutions deliver.


High Level Overview

Solution Overview

Challenges in Next-generation Sequencing

This Solution Overview explores Next Generation Sequencing, a complex and multivariate endeavor.  The instrument end is changing and evolving faster than the storage or HPC layers as the process moves into clinical genomics. EMC Isilon makes the storage design, implementation, and upgrade process for NGS painless and simple.
Solution Overview

EMC Isilon for Healthcare

EMC Isilon scale-out NAS consolidates departmental PACS into an independent storage solution which reduces costs and improves efficiency.  This Solution Overview details how Isilon is simple, highly scalable, predicable, available, and enterprise-ready with features that offer a wide range of connectivity options to current PACS and future VNA.
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 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 for Bioinformatics

This Solution Overview details how EMC Isilon provides storage that instantly scales to meet research demands, is easy to manage and maximizes productivity while minimizing cost. Isilon offers the industry’s highest level of end-to-end data protection.
Data Sheet


This Data Sheet describes how EMC Isilon SmartLock adds a layer of protection to guard critical data against accidental, premature or malicious alteration or deletion. Being a software-based approach to Write Once Read Many (WORM) solution, you can store SmartLock-protected data alongside other data with no effect on performance or availability.

Technical Overview

White Paper

Automated Data Retention with EMC Isilon SmartLock

This white paper describes how EMC Isilon SmartLock software protects critical data against accidental, malicious or premature deletion or alteration.  SmartLock helps enterprises safeguard intellectual property, preserve digital work products, and comply with corporate governance and regulatory requirements for data retention and protection.
White Paper

CHI Report: Hadoop’s Rise in Life Sciences

Genomics large, semi-structured, file-based data is ideally suited for a Hadoop Distributed File System.  This White Paper from Cambridge Health Institute describes how the EMC Isilon OneFS file system features connectivity to the Hadoop Distributed File System that makes the Hadoop storage scale-out and truly distributed.
White Paper

Hadoop in Life Sciences

This White Paper reviews the Apache Hadoop technology, its components – MapReduce and Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) – and its adoption in the Life Sciences with an example in Genomics data analysis.
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.
White Paper

Storage for Science

This White Paper, prepared by BioTeam, is for the Life Science researcher who manages large and rapidly growing data storage. It explores the storage requirements common to Life Science research and explains the evolution of modern storage architectures.
White Paper

Storage Performance for Life Science Applications

In this White Paper, BioTeam shares the results of an open source IO benchmarking experiment to determine how well EMC Isilon scale-out storage performs as the shared file system for neuro-imaging and Next-Generation DNA sequencing. In this cross-vendor testing, Isilon was found to offer the greatest IO performance.
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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