Powerful, Simple Storage for Home Directories and File Sharing

File server sprawl has forced enterprises to react by consolidating file servers to monolithic NAS silos, creating a reliance on inefficient data replication and namespace aggregation tools. While this consolidation temporarily reduces the number of servers to manage, what happens when the NAS systems targeted for consolidation are underutilized, or run low on capacity or performance?

EMC Isilon scale-out NAS provides a truly scalable, general-purpose file services platform for right-sizing performance and capacity on-the-fly. The modular, pay-as-you-grow Isilon architecture enables precise, incremental scaling of all NAS resources—network, CPU, cache, and disk capacity. Resources are added non-disruptively, so file sharing clients remain connected and productive.

Isilon offers an ideal solution for enterprise file services

  • Home directories
  • General-purpose user and application files
  • Internal or external cloud infrastructure initiatives


With a single file system, Isilon allows you to eliminate RAID, volumes, and local file systems through a single, unified namespace.


Achieve 30 percent higher utilization over traditional storage architectures and drive down day-to-day power and cooling costs.


Storage capacity and/or performance can be added non-disruptively and you can instantly scale your storage to match usage demands in real-time.

Support for multi-protocol file-sharing clients

EMC Isilon supports Windows, Mac, Linux, UNIX, and VMware along with directory services such as Microsoft Active Directory and UNIX-based LDAP servers.  Isilon also supports CIFS NAS and NFS NAS–all in one easy-to-manage, easy-to-grow system.

Isilon applications deliver a complete solution

The EMC Isilon OneFS operating system provides an easy-to-manage, ever-expandable, single unified namespace. SmartQuotas provide true directory-level thin provisioning and reporting for users and groups. SnapshotIQ enables fine-grained restore of users’ files and folders, efficiently–without managing reserve space.

High Level Overview

Customer Profile

Children’s Hospital Boston

This Customer Profile describes how Children’s Hospital Boston deployed EMC Isilon to create a single, shared pool of storage to provide its research staff with immediate, around-the-clock access to massive file-based data archives while requiring significantly less full-time equivalent (FTE) support.
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.
Solution Overview

EMC Isilon Solutions for Corporate IT: Scale-out NAS for the Virtualized Data Center

This Solution Overview describes the details of EMC Isilon solutions for tier3/4 virtualized storage infrastructures.
Customer Profile

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

This Customer Profile describes how  the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County relied upon EMC Isilon scale-out storage and EMC Isilon SyncIQ to virtualize their entire environment quickly with a strong storage foundation that could scale and allow them to add capacity cost-effectively.

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

Technical Guide

Data Protection for Isilon Scale-Out NAS

This paper reviews and recommends solutions for ensuring data availability in an EMC Isilon scale-out storage environment.
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.
Analyst Report

Glasshouse Technologies Report: Reducing Risk with Scale-out NAS for Large-scale Virtualization

In this 2009 report, Glasshouse Technologies explains the many benefits of EMC Isilon for virtual machine storage, including increased availability, simplified storage management, simplified recovery, and non‐disruptive scalability.
White Paper

Isilon Insight – Understanding the Role Storage Plays in Virtual Environments

While virtualization enables you to increase the efficiencies in the datacenter, you also increase the burden on storage. At the same time, with virtualization, system complexity and predictability of workloads multiples. Isilon’s Scale-out Storage platform eliminates the challenges of managing and growing both virtualized and non-virtualized workloads in a simple to manage, highly scalable storage platform.
White Paper

Isilon: Data Availability & Protection

This white paper gives a detailed look at the challenges organizations face as they deal with the deluge of digital content and unstructured data and the growing importance of data protection. It details how the EMC Isilon OneFS architecture provides data availability and data protection needed to meet these challenges.
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.
White Paper

The Economic Benefits of Intelligent Clustered Storage

This White Paper describes how adopting an Isilon storage solution that is optimized for the unique requirements of digital content, data and workflows enables you to store more content in more formats and make it instantly accessible at a lower cost.

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