Accelerate Your Media Production Workflows

Media & entertainment organizations are constantly looking for ways to increase the business value of their media assets by merging creative talent with technological breakthroughs. Storage infrastructure plays a critical role in the ability to manage, store, and access vast and rapidly growing libraries of media production and programming content for multiple distribution channels, media formats, and consumption models.


Leading Media & Entertainment Companies Rely on Isilon

Media companies across the globe rely on the EMC Isilon scale-out NAS platform to maximize the value of media assets. EMC Isilon scale-out storage solutions, built on the sixth generation OneFS operating system, can store over 15 petabytes of data in a single volume and over 100 gigabytes per second (GBps) of aggregate throughput, and up to 1.6 million CIFS SPECsfs file operations per second in a single storage system.




Accelerate Your High-Performance Media Production

The EMC Isilon X-Series and S-Series platforms accelerate high performance media production processes by consolidating local media stores and enabling highly concurrent access to any type of digital content, all from a single file system. For HD and 2K real-time workflows, the EMC Isilon Performance Accelerator nodes provide ultra high-speed access to the Isilon scale-out NAS cluster over 15-Gigabit Ethernet network.




Archive Your Valuable Media Assets, While Keeping Them Online

With the EMC Isilon NL-Series high-density nearline storage enables you to create large scale media archives to keep your media assets active and repurposing them on the fly increasing their business value.


Isilon Benefits for Media and Entertainment

EMC Isilon scale-out NAS is extremely flexible to adapt to your organization’s business growth and take advantage of new revenue opportunities, while providing uncompromising protection and availability to ensure business continuity. With Isilon, you can:


Improve Productivity:

  • Store everything in one place. Scale up to 15.5 PB of capacity in a single files system, single volume.
  • Work concurrently. Generate hundreds of SD, HD and 2K streams for ingest, edit, rendering and play-out access to the same pool.
  • Edit in-place: Access single copy during and immediately after ingest.


Reduce Costs:

  • Lower management cost. Isilon storage results in 10 times less administration overhead.
  • Increase storage utilization. Isilon offers 50% higher utilization than DAS solutions and 20% higher than NAS/SAN solutions.
  • Eliminate infrastructure cost. With Isilon, you have no need for costly client-side Fibre Channel host bus adaptors (HBAs) and file system software for SAN systems.


Enable New Opportunities:

  • Keep more content online. Digitize, preserve and maintain more content online.
  • Wide-area content delivery. Take advantage of Isilon’s integrated solution with Aspera software for fast and reliable media transfers over wide-area-networks.
  • Scale on-the-fly. Add storage instantly and without interruption to take advantage of new business opportunities.


Protect Your Investments:

  • FlexProtect. Ensure the highest level of system protection. Even up to four simultaneous device failures will not compromise your data.
  • Granular application data protection. Snapshot IQ provides per-directory unlimited snapshots.
  • DR replication. Isilon SyncIQ delivers high-performance parallel replication.
  • Tape Backup. Isilon offers NDMP backup to tape certified by major backup ISVs.
  • Data Rentention. SmartLock provides policy-based rentention and protection against accidental deletion.


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.
Solution Overview

EMC Isilon Scale-out Storage Solutions for Media and Entertainment

This Solution Overview explains how EMC Isilon scale-out storage delivers the media and entertainment industry’s best balance of high performance, scalability and ease-of-use while minimizing cost over time.  Isilon eliminates  silos and allows customers to manage all content – both active and archive – in a single storage pool.
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.
EMC Perspective

Meeting the Demands of the Multiscreen Market

This EMC Perspective explores the storage challenges faced by Media and Entertainment companies developing and providing video content for a multi-screen market.   This paper details how EMC Isilon seamlessly scales, enabling organizations to add hundreds of terabytes of storage or expand performance in minutes to meet new demands.
Solution Overview

Riverbed: Riverbed WAN Acceleration for EMC Isilon Scale-Out Platform Nodes

This Riverbed Performance Brief shows how the combination Isilon Scale-Out NAS with Riverbed WAN optimization technology enables geo-distributed organizations to consolidate storage into a central location giving remote users fast access to centralized storage.
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

Technical Guide

ATTO Technology FastFrame 10 Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter Configuration Guide

This white paper reviews the integration requirements for the ATTO FastFrame NS11, NS12, and NS14 10 Gigabit Ethernet network adapters when designing media and entertainment workflows for EMC Isilon scale-out NAS.
Technical Guide

Best Practices for Integrating Telestream Vantage with EMC Isilon OneFS

This best practices guide contains details for integrating Telestream Vantage workflow design and automation software with the EMC Isilon OneFS 6.5 file system.
White Paper

Breaking the CPU Barrier in Media Transcoding Performance

This White Paper describes how EMC Isilon and Elemental provide best-in-class, massively scalable solutions for IPTV transcoding and on-demand content delivery for broadcast media workflows.
White Paper

Cisco WAAS for Isilon IQ

This white paper will detail how EMC Isilon scale-out storage, together with Cisco WAAS for wide area network (WAN) optimization and acceleration, can perform data replication tasks 65 times faster while significantly reducing bandwidth utilization.
EMC Perspective

Data Lifecycle Implications in Media and Entertainment

This EMC Perspective explores the data lifecycle management challenges faced by Media and Entertainment companies.   EMC Isilon scale out NAS provides the linear scalability, high performance, simplicity, and cost-efficiency needed by media and entertainment companies to meet growing storage management demands.
Technical Guide

EMC Isilon OneFS 6.5 and Adobe Premiere Pro CS 6.0 Reference Architecture

This reference architecture covers the integration of EMC Isilon OneFS 6.5.4 and Adobe Premiere Pro CS 6.0 for Microsoft Windows 7 x64 and Apple Mac OS X Lion.  It details design requirements for a workflow that balances the benefits of performance and interoperability between disparate operating systems on a single network attached filesystem.
White Paper

Isilon in Production: Driving Productivity, Cost Reduction and New Opportunities in Media and Entertainment

Core media processes – production, archive and playout – rely heavily on the crucial element of storage and can significantly impact business value and efficiency. In this paper, the challenges of traditional scale‐up storage technologies are examined and contrasted with the benefits of EMC Isilon scale‐out architecture for managing large capacity and delivering high performance.

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