Category Archives: Isilon

A Closer Look at the All-Flash Isilon, aka Nitro

On 19 October, Dell EMC made an announcement about the All-Flash Isilon nodes. This product line has been code-named “Project Nitro”. The announcement was timed to occur during the first-ever Dell EMC World event. I’ll walk through what was announced, … Continue reading

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What’s New in Isilon OneFS 8.0

You may remember that back in November EMC announced new features coming to Isilon. Most of the message focused on the IsilonSD Edge virtual appliance, but a lot of the rest had to do with “OneFS.NEXT” (which we all expected … Continue reading

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EMC Announces Plans to Make Isilon Announcements in 2016

[NOTE: This post has been updated with answers to some of the questions I had at the time of the announcement. The updates are inline, below.] Today, EMC made some announcements about some new Isilon products that they hope to … Continue reading

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EMC Announces New High-Density Isilon Node – the HD400

Yesterday, EMC announced the addition of a new node type to their Isilon scale-out storage line. This new node offers higher-density storage than any other Isilon nodes, specifically 354TB raw capacity in 4U of rack space. The new node, known … Continue reading

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EMC Announces Updates to Isilon Scale-Out NAS Platform

Today, as part of their “MegaLaunch”, EMC announced updates to the Isilon scale-out NAS platform. The updates include two new hardware nodes, expanded Flash capabilities, and new data access methods. I’ll walk through the updates below.

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Update OpenSSL on Isilon InsightIQ – Avoid the Heartbleed Vulnerability

[Instructions found herein are based upon the work of multiple other folks in this thread in the Isilon Support Forum.] By now, you’re likely aware of the “Heartbleed” security vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptography library. If you have an Isilon … Continue reading

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Use Your Windows Laptop as an Isilon Console Terminal

[NOTE: I did not develop this process. I’ve simply expanded on instructions I originally received in email from my colleague, Andrew Boggs. Thanks to Andrew for the tip.] If you’re like me, you have a company-issued Windows laptop. If you, … Continue reading

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Isilon and Data Centers and Forklifts, Oh My!

Most of my blog posts are long and text-heavy. This one is short on text and mostly photos… Over the course of my career, I’ve been in a lot of different data centers. Some have been in interesting places, strange … Continue reading

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EMC Announces Upcoming Updates to Isilon OneFS

Today EMC announced upcoming updates to OneFS, the operating system for the Isilon scale-out storage platform.  The new version of the software will offer new capabilities including: Support for Hadoop’s HDFS 2.0 Object Storage Extended RESTful APIs with support for … Continue reading

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EMC Isilon Support for 20PB Filesystems

Yesterday, EMC announced that Isilon clustered storage can now support a single filesystem up to 20PB in size. When I read the announcement, my first reaction was “That’s a big deal.”  Then, as I read more and thought about it, … Continue reading

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