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Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) Pros and Cons

Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) Pros

RP
System Team Leader at Deakin University
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.
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GU
Network Manager at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
There are also the policies that you set up on replication and purging files, and policies for something called WORM. That's a "write once, read many," where you can't overwrite certain files or certain data. It puts them in a "protected mode" where it becomes very difficult for someone to accidentally delete. We use that for certain files or certain directories, because we're dealing with video and some video has to be protected for chain-of-custody purposes. The WORM feature works great.
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Information Systems Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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Director of IT at NatureFreshâ„¢ Farms
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.
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Chief Operations Officer & Acting CFO at Like a Photon
PowerScale allows us to manage storage without managing RAID groups or migrating volumes between controllers. It has really simplified things. We're not having to worry about the underlying infrastructure. That takes care of itself. We just worry about the data. It's really easy for deploying and managing storage at the petabyte scale.
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CTO at Universita' degli Studi di Pisa
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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Senior Vice President, Product Development & Strategy at EarthCam, Inc.
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.
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SL
Senior Consultant at a tech company with 11-50 employees
The stability of the solution is good.
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PC
Solution Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The solution is extremely easy to manage. This is its most valuable feature.
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Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) Cons

RP
System Team Leader at Deakin University
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.
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GU
Network Manager at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Because of the magic that it does 'under the hood,' it is very difficult to find out within the system where all your storage is going. That's a little bit of a ding that we have on it. It does so much magic in order to protect itself from drive failures or multiple drive failures, that it automatically handles the provisioning and storage of your data. But by doing that, finding out why a file of a certain size, or a directory of a certain size, is using more storage than is being reported in InsightIQ, is very difficult to discern.
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Information Systems Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is a bit higher priced than some of the other systems.
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Director of IT at NatureFreshâ„¢ Farms
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.
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CTO at Universita' degli Studi di Pisa
Some improvements to the NFS support would be of interest to us.
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Senior Vice President, Product Development & Strategy at EarthCam, Inc.
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.
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SL
Senior Consultant at a tech company with 11-50 employees
The solution can be a bit complex for those not well versed in the technology.
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PC
Solution Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The solution isn't suitable for small environments or small customers.
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Learn what your peers think about Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon). Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: October 2021.
540,984 professionals have used our research since 2012.