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"The stability of the solution is good.""The solution is extremely easy to manage. This is its most valuable feature."

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"Data consolidation and visualization.""The most valuable feature is SnapMirror.""For us, the greatest aspect of the solution is the fact that it just runs. It is amazingly resilient. That's very important to us, because we are basically, with some exceptions, have a 24/7 operation.""The most important features are SnapVault, Snapshots, and SnapMirror.""The most valuable feature for us is the combining of HA and SnapMirror.""This solution provides us with easy management and great vendor support."

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"The solution can be a bit complex for those not well versed in the technology.""The solution isn't suitable for small environments or small customers."

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"The solution could do more than just data.""If our customer needs a high-performance storage solution then we don't recommend this product.""The one aspect of the solution that's negative for us is also more unique to us due to the fact that we did a MetroCluster. The tiebreaker piece that does the monitoring of the two different locations, and determines if one is not talking to the network normally (or if it's truly down) is a little difficult. It feels like it was not designed from the beginning to fit well into the other pieces. It feels like it was thrown in at the last minute and it is not smooth.""Technical support needs to be improved, as there are no longer partners in our country.""Currently, the newest release is not HCI friendly.""Dedicated storage efficiency accelerators could improve the overall performance of the system."

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"I've sold arrays for as little $20,000 USD and as high as $300,000 USD."

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author avatarShawn Kim
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Isilon is Scale-out storage, while NetApp is Active-Standby storage.

Regarding the performance issue based on the field engineer’s experience, Isilon is better than NetApp in case of a huge amount of io, while NetApp is better than Isilon in case of a medium amount of IO.

author avatarLeandroPulido (IBM)
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I think you need rewiew more than only performance or capacity, I have installed both machines, Netapp FASS have many options Hibrid or only objects, in Netapp Objects is StorageGrid where can obtain 720 TB in SG5760 but you can select SG6060 or SG5712 and Isilon is similar you have many options where could be ALL FLASH or SATA but Isilon is only NAS, and Isilon have many reference too, 8 reference F810 have 924 TB and up 250.000 I/Ops.

Actually I recommend one arquitecture where no focus only in one purpose, Scale up or Scale out all vendors have different alternatives and deppend the machine offer more I/O or Capacity, Midrange and High end, I don´t like Isilon because is only for NAS I dont like Hibrid or Unified Machines as FAS or VNX, I need to know which is the prupose for have a NAS because actually I can have a Storage for all protocols no only to CIFS and NFS and with prices cheaper than NAS, in conclusion I don´t like one Storage for NAS other for SAN other for Virtualization... Is better only one Storage where I can do it all, It reduce TCO.

author avatarBart Harrison
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My recommendation is to take a close look at our CS Concerto Scale-Out Cluster system.

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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.

NetApp FAS Series offers powerful, affordable, flexible data storage for midsized businesses and distributed enterprises. NetApp FAS Series, named a 'Champion' and 'Best in Overall Value' by Info-Tech Research Group, is affordable, and is a more powerful storage platform than other systems in its class.
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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) vs. NetApp FAS Series and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) is ranked 4th in NAS with 2 reviews while NetApp FAS Series is ranked 3rd in NAS with 7 reviews. Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) is rated 9.0, while NetApp FAS Series is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) writes "Good stability and performance with the capability to scale". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp FAS Series writes "Resilient without disrupting the user experience and very stable". Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) is most compared with Qumulo, Huawei OceanStor 9000, HPE StoreEasy, FreeNAS and Hitachi NAS, whereas NetApp FAS Series is most compared with IBM FlashSystem, Qumulo, Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), FreeNAS and HPE StorageWorks MSA. See our Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) vs. NetApp FAS Series report.

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