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Dell PowerScale (Isilon) is #1 ranked solution in top File and Object Storage tools and #3 ranked solution in top NAS tools. PeerSpot users give Dell PowerScale (Isilon) an average rating of 10 out of 10. Dell PowerScale (Isilon) is most commonly compared to NetApp FAS Series: Dell PowerScale (Isilon) vs NetApp FAS Series. Dell PowerScale (Isilon) is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 68% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 27% of all views.
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What is Dell PowerScale (Isilon)?

Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) storage solutions are designed to help manage data for enterprises of all types. Dell PowerScale systems are simple to install, manage, and scale to virtually any size and include a choice of all-flash, hybrid, or archive nodes. Dell PowerScale solutions stay flexible and reliable no matter how much storage capacity is added, how much performance is required, or how business needs change in the future.

With Dell PowerScale, your data lake always stays simple to manage, simple to grow, simple to protect, and simple enough to handle the most demanding current and future workloads.

Ideal for companies of any size, from small enterprises to multi-national ones, Dell PowerScale storage provides secure collaboration, modular scalability, flexible consumption models, and easy cloud integrations, all with management tools spanning multiple platforms.

Key Benefits of Dell EMC PowerScale Storage

  • Centralized management: Manage your storage infrastructure from a single unified platform.

  • Data protection: Dell PowerScale offers security, data protection and replication tools. Back up and protect your data from cyber-attacks with an integrated ransomware defense system.

  • Artificial intelligence: PowerScale is the foundation for building an integrated and optimized IT infrastructure for AI projects, from concept to production.

  • Cloud support: Store and manage your data on the cloud and move data between your data center and the cloud. Dell PowerScale runs data-intensive cloud workloads with no outbound traffic costs.

  • Long-term storage: Dell PowerScale offers highly efficient and resilient active archive storage or long-term data retention for large-scale data archives. With the proven scalability architecture of PowerScale, you can meet your growing archiving demands. Dell PowerScale has a wide variety of enterprise-grade data protection and security options to keep your archived data safe.

Reviews from Real Users

Dell EMC PowerScale storage stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its scalability capabilities and its user-friendly centralized management system.

Rachel B., a chief operations officer & acting CFO at Like a Photon, writes, "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."

Keith B., the director of IT at NatureFresh Farms, writes, "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."

Dell PowerScale (Isilon) was previously known as PowerScale, Dell EMC Isilon.

Dell PowerScale (Isilon) Customers

OMRF, University of Utah, Translational Genetics Research Institute, Arcis, Geofizyka Torumn, Cyprus E&P Corporation, Colburn School, Columbia Sportswear, Harvard Medical School, University of Michigan, National Library of France,

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Solution Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Powerful scalability, easy to manage, and very good stability

What is our primary use case?

The solution is primarily used by companies with extremely large file systems to manage. They typically have one or two petabytes of files and usually a lot of videos as well.

What is most valuable?

The solution is extremely easy to manage. This is its most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

The solution isn't suitable for small environments or small customers. The price point would be too high for companies that don't need a very large amount of storage space. The redundancy is a little bit expensive.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for eight years.
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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution can scale well. It has an automatic tiering system. You can have 60 petabytes of storage. The solution offers very powerful scaling.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not complex. However, if you're not dealing with it regularly, it could be complex. It has a moderate amount of difficulty. Deployment takes about two weeks and you need two people to handle it.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. The solution is very good for file management, but not for other things. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.