Realize Your Path to Safety and Security Digital Transformation with Dell EMC Isilon

Technology is disrupting the safety and security world. Increasingly higher pixel resolution, a growing number of cameras, and longer video retention requirements are examples of the challenges many organizations currently face.

Dell Technologies provides the infrastructure that will enable organizations to meet the challenges of storing, managing and retaining data sets while reducing risk and cost of ownership. As the number one provider of enterprise storage[1], we bring years of experience and expertise to the safety and security market. And Dell EMC Isilon, the industry’s #1 family of scale-out network-attached storage systems[2], is purpose-built for demanding and data intensive safety and security workloads.

This video shows how Isilon scale-out NAS enables organizations to effectively meet top challenges in safety and security:

Isilon is uniquely differentiated from traditional storage to enable organizations manage high volume of safety and security data with greater reliability and scalability. With traditional NAS solutions, the larger the data environment becomes, the more complex and time-consuming it is to manage the growing number of storage silos. And at some point, system performance begins to degrade. As shown below, Isilon OneFS is a single file system with single namespace and enables a single volume to be shared by all the camera streams—thus saving enormous amounts of time in initial set-up. Isilon enables organizations to build a scale-out data lake where they can store their safety and security data, lower management costs and eliminate islands or silos of storage.

Figure 1: Management of Data (Traditional NAS vs. Isilon)

Due to their inherently complex architecture, traditional storage systems are difficult to scale – from both a performance and capacity perspective. Another issue with a traditional system is that, as data volume grows and the system begins to fill, system performance typically begins to decline, making it harder to meet SLAs and line-of-business user requirements. Figure 2 shows it’s easy to expand capacity and performance with Isilon’s scale-out architecture – simply add additional Isilon nodes as needed to your existing cluster. This means that with Isilon, it is easy to maintain and improve SLAs as your data environment grows in scale and with additional workloads. Organizations can increase cluster capacity to PBs of storage by simply adding another node — with no downtime or disruption of their safety and security solution.

Figure 2: Ability to Scale (Traditional NAS vs. Isilon)

Traditional NAS storage environments are management intensive. Storage tiering can be done but it is typically a very manual process. Traditional NAS solutions also often require manual tracking and relocation of volumes to eliminate hot spots. Unlike traditional NAS which uses RAID for data protection, Isilon uses a much more efficient and highly resilient Reed-Solomon erasure code data protection that enables 80 percent or more storage utilization. This means with Isilon, you need less raw storage to support data storage requirements than you would need with traditional NAS. As shown in Figure 3, Isilon offers automated, policy-based storage tiering between All-Flash, Hybrid and Archive performance tiers so that you can optimize your storage resources. Features such as auto-balancing and auto-failover help IT admins / system administrators sleep better at night knowing their data is safeguarded.

Figure 3: Data Availability and Reliability (Traditional NAS vs. Isilon)

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[1] Ranking by 3Q2019 vendor revenue. IDC WW Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, 2019 Q3 historical release, December 6, 2019.

[2] IDC WW Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, 2019 Q2, September 5, 2019 – Vendor Revenue

About the Author: Anupam Pattnaik

Anupam Pattnaik has been with Dell EMC since 2015. He is currently responsible for driving marketing content and strategy for Dell EMC's storage solutions for industries such as Safety and Security, Electronic Design Automation (EDA), Oil and Gas, State and Local and Higher Education (SLED). In his previous roles at Dell EMC, he led end-to-end internal communications strategy for Unstructured Data Solutions (UDS) business, drove the go-to market efforts for Dell EMC’s Software-defined Storage (SDS) portfolio and developed messaging and positioning for competitive marketing campaigns. Anupam has an MBA from University of Washington-Foster School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering from NIT-Durgapur. He worked at IBM prior to his MBA.