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"The solution is extremely easy to manage. This is its most valuable feature.""The stability of the solution is good.""The single pane of glass for both IT and for the end-user is a valuable feature. On the IT side, I can actually control where things are stored, whether something is stored on solid-state drives or spinning drives... The single pane of glass makes it very easy to use and very easy to understand. We started at 100 terabytes and we moved to 250 and it still feels like the exact same system and we're able to move data as needed.""The solution has simplified management by consolidating our workloads. Rather than managing all the different workloads on different storage arrays, Windows Servers, etc., we just have one place per data centre where we manage all their unstructured data, saving us time.""It has allowed us to have more consistent quality controls. It has also allowed us to expand the number of servers in clients processing and accessing data, allowing us to get a lot bigger projects out the door.""For maximizing storage utilization, PowerScale is great. When you write the data to it, it spreads it out to all the nodes, so you get all the performance from the entire pool.""You plug in a new node and data starts migrating over to it, and IT spreads out the load. We've added multiple nodes to the system since deploying it. The process is pretty seamless, and we are able to do it with no downtime. It's a very easy process to do.""This is the best platform that we could have for storage utilization. It is affordable and scalable. At the end of the day, it's something that we find very easy to use."

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"The solution has been very stable so far.""It integrates well into either Windows or Linux environments.""Its stability is the most valuable. It is reliable, and we don't have to worry too much about it."

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"The solution isn't suitable for small environments or small customers.""The solution can be a bit complex for those not well versed in the technology.""There aren't many templates still coming out for it. They need to provide templates so we can copy and paste what we've done in the past to future, new things.""The replication could lend itself to some improvement around encryption in transit and managing the racing of large volumes of data. The process of file over and file back can be tedious. Hopefully, you never end up going into a DR. If you do go into a DR, you know the data is there on the remote site. However, in terms of the process of setting up the replicates and filing them back, that is just very tedious and could definitely do with some improvement.""It is a bit higher priced than some of the other systems.""There is room for improvement with the updates. It can take a significant amount of time to do a major OS update. However, even though it takes multiple reboots, the cluster stays up. If we want to apply a newer version of the OS, we have to roll back some of the patches so that we can upgrade. It requires a few reboots just to do that. The cluster doesn't come down, everything is still running, but it's time-consuming, at times.""Some improvements to the NFS support would be of interest to us."

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"The latest version of the dashboard doesn't work as good as the previous version.""The support for S3 needs to be improved.""They can improve the integration with PSA systems. This functionality could be better."

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"The solution is expensive; it is not the cheapest solution out there. If you look at it from a total cost of ownership perspective, then it is a very compelling solution. However, if you're looking at just dollar per terabyte and not looking at the big picture, then you could be distracted by the price. It is not an amazing price, but it's pretty good. It is also very good when you consider the total cost of ownership and ease of management.""The pricing is expensive, but I think it's a fair value because it does manage itself. It definitely is much simpler than any of the other scale-out storage platforms that we've looked at in the past.""The platform is not cheap. However, on the software side, you can choose what you want license. So, you can start your licensing with the features that you need, then after buying the platform add some other features."

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"We use the free version of the program.""For our configuration, we pay a little bit less than €10,000 ($12,000 USD) per year.""Its price is okay. It suits our needs."

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Dell EMC Isilon scale-out storage solutions are designed for enterprises that want to manage their data, not their storage. Our storage systems are simple to install, manage, and scale to virtually any size. Isilon storage includes a choice of all-flash, hybrid or archive nodes. Isilon solutions stay simple no matter how much storage capacity is added, how much performance is required, or how business needs change in the future.

FreeNAS is an operating system that can be installed on virtually any hardware platform to share data over a network. FreeNAS is the simplest way to create a centralized and easily accessible place for your data. Use FreeNAS with ZFS to protect, store, backup, all of your data. FreeNAS is used everywhere, for the home, small business, and the enterprise.
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Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) is ranked 3rd in NAS with 7 reviews while FreeNAS is ranked 6th in NAS with 4 reviews. Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) is rated 9.4, while FreeNAS is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) writes "As you add more nodes in a cluster, you get more effective utilisation". On the other hand, the top reviewer of FreeNAS writes "Efficient, good reporting, and integrates well with both Windows and Linux systems". Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) is most compared with Qumulo, NetApp FAS Series, HPE StoreEasy, Huawei OceanStor 9000 and IBM FlashSystem, whereas FreeNAS is most compared with NETGEAR ReadyNAS, NetApp FAS Series, StarWind Storage Appliance, HPE StoreEasy and Buurst SoftNAS. See our Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) vs. FreeNAS report.

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