Note: This topic is part of the Dell EMC IsilonSD Edge: Frequently Asked Questions.
This collection of frequently asked questions applies to flexible deployments that are supported by IsilonSD Edge.
A flexible deployment allows you to configure your IsilonSD cluster using one or more ESXi hosts using a lower hardware footprint. You can choose either VMFS or vSAN as your storage option for such deployments.
For the VMFS storage type, the following datastore configuration is available to support flexible deployment of IsilonSD clusters:
The vSAN storage type allows one datastore per ESXi host to support a flexible deployment of IsilonSD clusters.
We highly recommend deploying an IsilonSD cluster using the configuration that supports one datastore per virtual data disk using VMFS storage for high availability and for production deployments.
A new license, EDGE-FLEX, is available with IsilonSD Management Server version 1.0.2 or later to support flexible deployments of IsilonSD clusters. The FREE license is enhanced to support all of the flexible configurations.
A FREE license supports all of the configurations including the flexible configurations. An EDGE license supports multiple hosts (1:1 mapping) with multiple datastores (1:1 mapping) using VMFS storage. An EDGE-FLEX license supports all of the configurations.
Yes, EDGE-FLEX is a paid license.
All the three licenses support a maximum of six nodes.
With the free license, all the OneFS features except CloudPools and SmartLock are supported. All the OneFS features are supported with the EDGE and EDGE-FLEX licenses.
Flexible deployments do not support the failover capability and also do not guarantee high availability. So you will see the following message when you try to deploy an IsilonSD cluster using any flexible deployment method:
No. Back up your data and redeploy the cluster using an alternate deployment type.
Refer to the latest version of the IsilonSD Edge with IsilonSD Management Server Installation and Administration Guide for the relevant details.
Article ID: SLN319566Last Date Modified: 01/31/2020 03:01 PM