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EMC Isilon X-Series NAS: Isilon x200, x210 and x410

The Isilon X-Series is a lineup of NAS systems that support hybrid flash setups. The products are designed for environments with mid-tier network storage needs.

The EMC Isilon X-Series is a lineup of NAS arrays designed for environments that need primary storage with an emphasis...

on high capacity. The products support a hybrid flash setup, which combines the performance of flash-based solid-state drives (SSDs) with the large capacity and low cost of mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs). The Isilon X-Series has three products: the 2U X200 and X210, and the 4U X410. All three products can be scaled into clusters of up to 144 nodes.

The Isilon X200 has a maximum raw capacity of 36 TB per node, and fits up to 12 drives, of which six can be SSDs. The X200 can accommodate 1 TB, 2 TB or 3 TB 3.5-inch HDDs, and up to six 200, 400 or 800 GB SSDs. It supports 3 TB self-encrypting drive (SED) HDDs, and two or four 800 GB SED SSDs. It has 6 GB of system memory per single node, which can be upgraded to 12 GB, 24 GB or 48 GB. It has four twin-ax copper Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) ports, which can be reconfigured as 10 GigE. The X200 has a 6 Gbps Serial ATA controller and an Intel Xeon processor.

The X210 has a maximum raw capacity of 48 TB, and supports up to 12 drives, of which six can be SSDs. It supports 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB HDDs, as well as 3 TB and 4 TB SED HDDs. It also supports up to six 200 GB, 400 GB or 800 GB SSDs with every size of HDD. It supports one, two or four 800 GB SED SSDs when configured with 3 TB and 4 TB HDDs. It can have 24 GB or 48 GB of system memory, with two twin-ax copper GigE ports for networking that can be reconfigured as 10 GigE ports. It uses a 6 Gbps SATA controller and a single four-core Intel Xeon processor.

The Isilon X-Series has three products: the 2U X200 and X210, and the 4U X410. All three products can be scaled into clusters of up to 144 nodes.

The Isilon X410 has a maximum raw capacity of 144 TB, and fits up to 36 drives, of which up to six can be SSDs. It supports up to four 800 GB SSDs when paired with 1 TB HDDs, or up to six SSDs when paired with any other HDD capacity. It also supports 3 TB and 4 TB SED HDDs, as well as two, four or six SED SSDs in conjunction with SED HDDs. The Isilon X410 requires OneFS version 7.1.1 or later, and supports 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB of system memory. It has two GigE and two 10 GigE ports, and uses a 6 Gbps SATA drive controller. It runs dual eight-core Intel Xeon processors.

The Isilon X-Series lineup supports a variety of software and management options:

  • Isilon SmartDedupe allows deduplication of redundant data across multiple sources.
  • SmartPools implements an automated tiering system to move frequently used data into performance-based pools.
  • SmartConnect provides greater data reliability by supporting load balancing and dynamic network file system failover across nodes.

All software options must be licensed separately. However, a version of SmartConnect called SmartConnect Basic is included in the OneFS OS and it does not require any licensing.

Pricing for the EMC Isilon X-Series depends on configuration. Starting list price for the X410 is approximately $34,000. All three products also have a minimum order quantity of three nodes. The units come with a one-year, standard hardware-only Limited warranty. The optional Enhanced warranty upgrade provides a 9-5 next-business day on-site response, technical support with response times based on severity, and next-business day replacement part delivery. The Premium warranty upgrade provides on-site response, technical support and replacement-part delivery based on severity. Critical priority issues receive a 30-minute online response, and a four-hour on-site response and replacement parts delivery.

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This was last published in October 2015

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