Simplifying the Virtualized Data Center

Unified scale-out NAS from EMC Isilon makes complex storage administrative tasks simple and guarantees greater than 80% storage efficiency, making large-scale application consolidation and virtualized data centers a reality. With Isilon, enterprise file- and block-based applications can be consolidated onto a single pool of storage, simplifying data management, while increasing resource utilization and IT efficiency. Isilon is the only storage solution that eliminates storage sprawl and improves virtual server utilization with the flexibility of unified protocol support.

Simplicity at Any Scale

Consolidate both file and block based applications into a single pool of storage, eliminating the management burden of multiple islands of storage and different storage architectures (SAN and NAS). Unified, single point of administration for end-to-end data protection and management of both file and block applications.


Add capacity and/or performance without downtime or disruption for dynamic environments – when a storage node is added to an Isilon cluster the additional capacity, performance and connectivity is immediately available and shared across all virtualized data stores as well as file & block applications. Provide uninterrupted access to storage with superior storage life-cycle management for both file and block applications by eliminating data migration and storage silos.

Unified, Scale-out NAS Platform

With automated tiering within a single operating system and point of management, unified protocol support and on-demand scaling of performance and capacity, Isilon eliminates barriers to information.

  • Only Isilon delivers unified protocol support across iSCSI, NFS, CIFS and HTTP.
  • Isilon delivers high performance with over 1.6 million CIFS SPECsfs file operations per second and over 100 gigabytes per second of aggregate throughput, all from a single file system. Isilon also has SSD technology to accelerate namespace-intensive metadata operations, and provide an ability to place the mission critical, latency-sensitive data on SSDs in a SmartPools environment.
  • Isilon is certified as VMware Ready, and certified interoperability with Citrix, CommVault, Legato, Symantec and a wide range of enterprise-class networking, compute and backup technologies.

Discover Isilon solutions for virtualization and learn more about the OneFS Operating System that powers our unified, scale-out storage platform.

High Level Overview

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

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

This Customer Profile details how the  nonprofit biomedical research institute Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation used EMC Isilon to unify its DNA sequencing pipeline into a single, high performance, highly scalable, shared pool of storage, simplifying its IT environment and significantly speeding time-to-results.
Customer Profile

Quest Software (Surgient)

This Customer Profile describes how Surgient, acquired by Quest Software, obtained single file system, clustered architecture and speed at one-third the cost per terabyte compared to their legacy system.  Quest also eliminated the need to manage multiple volumes for each customer, or move data as customers changed storage usage.
Customer Profile

Stronghold Data

Stronghold Data provides a range of services from simple file-level backup to system-level mirroring and complete infrastructure hosting.  This Customer Profile describes how Stronghold leveraged EMC Isilon to create a solution that would scale almost without limit, but, more importantly, a system that would scale without disruption.
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

Analyst Report

Gartner Report: Choosing Between Monolithic Versus Modular Storage: Robustness, Scalability and Price Are the Tiebreakers

In this June 2010 report, Gartner Research compares monolithic versus modular storage. Monolithic storage arrays continue to lead their modular counterparts in availability, scalability and throughput, but improvements in modular designs are making these less-expensive systems increasingly attractive to enterprises.
Analyst Report

Gartner Report: Key Elements of a Successful Storage Strategy

The development of a comprehensive storage strategy is central to the ability of infrastructure and operations (I&O) to provide effective storage services to internal clients and reflect organizational business strategies. This October 2009 Gartner report advises I&O managers how to develop and execute a successful strategy.
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

IDC Report: Managing Data Growth and Monetizing Information Value

This white paper from IDC effectively positions EMC Isilon no compromise scale-out NAS features and technology as providing superior solutions for the role of scale-out storage solutions in Big Data when compared to competitive products.
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.
Analyst Report

Storage Switzerland Report: Isilon’s OneFS

In this Analyst Report, Storage Switzerland reports on how OneFS is the core of the EMC Isilon scale-out storage platform.The report details how Isilon is gaining traction in the market and compelling other vendors to embrace the scale-out philosophy.
Analyst Report

Storage Switzerland Report: Mitigating Risk with Scale-out Storage

In this report, Storage Switzerland details what scale-out storage really brings to the enterprise is a new way to mitigate the risk of running storage without traditional 2x capacity/performance buffers, and the impact of server virtualization.
Analyst Report

Storage Switzerland Report: What is Scale-out Storage?

In this report, Storage Switzerland provides foundational information on scale-out storage, a new category of storage system that addresses the storage challenges created by legacy scale-up systems in the modern, dynamic data center.

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