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Dell EMC Isilon A200 Archive NAS Storage
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Dell EMC Isilon Archive A200 Archive NAS Storage

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  • Stores 480 TB in a single 4U chassis
  • Integrates simply with other Isilon platforms
  • Secures data with optional encryption and WORM data protection
  • Optimizes resources with cloud storage tiering option
  • Protects investment with the Future-Proof Loyalty Program (support agreement required)

Choose Dell EMC Isilon A200 scale-out NAS for highly efficient and resilient active archive storage. Provide near-primary data access and lower the cost to store aging data assets. With the proven scale-out architecture of Isilon, you can keep pace with growing archive needs. Robust data protection and security options help you safeguard your data.

The Isilon A200 is powered by the Isilon OneFS operating system and its single volume design, which keeps your archive solution simple to manage no matter how large your data environment becomes.

DELL EMC Isilon Archive Platforms

For most businesses today, data storage requirements are continuing to grow rapidly - nearly doubling every 2 to 3 years. 80% of this new data is file-based, unstructured data. This rapid data growth is straining often limited IT resources and increasing management complexity. Increasingly stringent compliance requirements is another factor driving the need for efficient data archiving solutions that can store and protect data for long-term retention. Organizations must also weigh the cost of storing archive data against the need for quick access.

To address these challenges, Dell EMC Isilon offers two highly efficient and massively scalable archive storage solutions - the Dell EMC Isilon A200 is an ideal active archive storage solution that combines near-primary accessibility, value and ease of use - while the Dell EMC Isilon A2000 is an ideal solution for high density, deep archive storage that safeguards data efficiently for long-term retention.

The Isilon A200 and the Isilon A2000 are both powered by the Isilon OneFS operating system and use an innovative modular architecture to provide an efficient, yet simple scale-out storage platform to store, manage and protect massive amounts of unstructured data, while dramatically reducing cost and complexity. Both platforms utilize a dense hardware design that provides 4 Isilon nodes within a single 4U chassis.

Isilon archive platforms can be combined with Isilon all-flash and hybrid storage systems into a single cluster that provides an efficient tiered storage solution. The Isilon A200 and A2000 also integrate easily into existing Isilon clusters.

Capacity: The Isilon A200 provides between 120 TB to 480 TB per chassis and scales to 17 PB in a single Isilon cluster. The Isilon A2000 stores up to 800 TB per chassis and scales to over 28 PB in a single cluster.

Efficiency: Isilon scale-out storage delivers up to 80 percent storage utilization versus about 50 percent for traditional platforms. Isilon SmartDedupe data deduplication software enhances storage efficiency to further reduce your physical storage requirements.

Simplicity: You can install, configure, and have an Isilon solution online in less than 10 minutes. It’s also simple to add an Isilon A200 or A2000 to an existing Isilon cluster. When needed, you can add an additional Isilon A200 or A2000 to the cluster to scale capacity in a matter of minutes. And with Isilon, your solution remains simple to manage no matter how large your data environment becomes.

Data protection: Isilon storage is highly resilient and offers N+1 through N+4 redundancy. With Isilon you may also choose from a variety of efficient and proven enterprise data backup and disaster recovery options.

Security: Isilon offers a broad range of robust security options including FIPS 140-2 level 2 self-encrypting drives, role-based access control (RBAC), secure access zones, SEC 17a-4 compliant WORM data immutability and integrated file system auditing support.


  • Simple storage and data management designed for ease of use
  • Massive scalability of capacity and performance
  • Unmatched storage efficiency, deduplication and compression to reduce costs
  • Choice of All-Flash, Hybrid or Archive nodes
  • Automated tiered storage to optimize resources
  • Seamless cloud integration to lower costs
  • Multiprotocol support for operational flexibility
  • Resilient data protection for a highly available environment
  • Robust security and compliance options
  • Unlock your data capital with inplace data analytics


Isilon OneFS Operating System Powers Scale-Out Storage Solutions

The Isilon OneFS operating system provides the intelligence behind all Isilon scale-out storage solutions. Through the fusion of OneFS, state-of-the-art engineering, and industry-standard enterprise hardware, Isilon provides a highly scalable, high-performance modular storage architecture that can grow with your business. OneFS can help you accelerate processes and workflows, while scaling easily to handle massive growth and providing the highest levels of data protection available. This is all provided in a storage solution designed for unmatched ease of use.

Isilon OneFS Operating System Powers Scale-Out Storage Solutions

Isilon scale-out storage solutions, powered by the OneFS operating system, provide users with a broad range of options to meet their specific storage needs.

Scale-Out Data Lake

As the volume and sources of data have expanded dramatically, traditional techniques to store and analyze information are too expensive and too slow to handle the massive data volumes modern enterprises produce and manage. With Isilon, you can gain a highly flexible and efficient storage infrastructure that expands your data lake from the edge to the core to the cloud. You can consolidate data, simplify management and eliminate inefficient storage silos while supporting a wide range of traditional and nextgeneration workloads and applications that previously used a number of different types of storage.

Unmatched Agility and Performance

Change is inevitable. That’s why every Isilon system is built to rapidly and simply adapt. OneFS allows a storage system to grow symmetrically or independently as more space or processing power is required. This allows you to scale your storage easily up to 252 nodes as your business needs dictate. With Isilon, you can scale performance from 250,000 file operations per second (IOPS) with a single chassis up to 15.8 million IOPS with a single cluster. You can also scale throughput from 15 gigabytes per second (GB/s) with a single chassis up to 945 GB/s of aggregate read throughput in a single Isilon cluster.

Efficiency and Cost Savings

Orchestrated by OneFS, all components in an Isilon cluster work in concert to create a unified pool of highly efficient storage-with a storage utilization rate of up to 80 percent. With Isilon SmartDedupe data deduplication, you can further reduce your data storage requirements by up to 35 percent in environments with redundant data across multiple sources. The Isilon F810 all-flash platform also delivers up to 3:1 data compression to dramatically increase the effective storage capacity and density of your Isilon solution. The unmatched efficiency of Isilon storage systems means that less physical storage and space are required to house the same amount of data-reducing both initial capital outlay and ongoing costs. And, with the Isilon AutoBalance function, you can quickly and easily add nodes without downtime, manual data migration, or application logic reconfiguration, saving precious IT resources. And because Isilon storage is so easy to manage, it requires fewer IT resources for storage administration than traditional storage systems, which further reduces overall operating costs. Using CloudPools software you can lower costs by tiering cold or frozen data to a choice of public or private cloud options.

Simple Interoperability

With Isilon, you can streamline your storage infrastructure by consolidating large-scale unstructured data assets thus eliminating silos of storage. Isilon includes integrated support for a wide range of industry-standard protocols, including Internet Protocols IPv4, and IPv6, NFS, SMB, HTTP, FTP and HDFS. As a result, you can simplify workflows, accelerate business analytics projects, support cloud infrastructure initiatives, unlock data capital and get more value from your enterprise applications and data.

Enterprise Data Protection and Management Software

Massive stores of data present unique management challenges including disaster recovery, quota management and offsite replication. Isilon data protection and management software provides you with powerful tools that help you protect your data assets, control costs and optimize the storage resources and system performance of your big data environment.

Software Feature Description
Dell EMC Isilon InsightIQ Performance management Optimize your Isilon solution with innovative performance monitoring and reporting
Dell EMC Isilon Smartpools Resource management Implement a highly efficient, automated tiered storage strategy to optimize storage performance and efficiency
Dell EMC ClarityNow Data management Locate, access and manage data in seconds, no matter where it resides - across file and object storage, on-prem or in the cloud. Gain a holistic view across heterogeneous storage systems with a single pane of glass, effectively breaking down data trapped in siloes
Dell EMC Isilon SmartQuotas Data management Assign and manage quotas that seamlessly partition and thin provision storage into easily managed segments at the cluster, directory, subdirectory, user, and group levels
Dell EMC Isilon SmartConnect Data access Enable client connection load balancing and the dynamic NFS failover and failback of client connections across storage nodes to optimize the use of cluster resources
Dell EMC Isilon SnapshotIQ Data protection Protect data efficiently and reliably with secure, nearinstantaneous snapshots, while incurring little to no performance overhead, and speed the recovery of critical data with near-immediate on-demand snapshot restores
Dell EMC Isilon CloudPools Resource management Seamless tiering of cold or frozen data to public or private cloud providers
Dell EMC Isilon SmartDedupe Data management Increase efficiency and reduce storage capacity requirements by up to 35 percent with deduplication of redundant data across multiple sources
Dell EMC Isilon SYNCIQ Data replication Replicate and distribute large mission-critical data sets to multiple shared storage systems in multiple sites for reliable disaster recovery capability, and use push-button failover and failback simplicity to increase data availability
Dell EMC Isilon SmartSmartLock Data retention Protect your critical data against accidental, premature, or malicious alteration or deletion with our softwarebased approach to WORM, and meet compliance and governance needs, such as SEC 17a-4 requirements
Aspera for Isilon Content delivery Benefit from high-performance wide area file and content delivery

Technical Specifications:

Dell EMC Isilon A200 Specifications
Chassis Capacity (Raw) 120 TB 240 TB 480 TB
SSD Drives (2.5") Per Chassis 60 60 60
Self-Encrypting Drive (SED SSD) Option Yes Yes Yes
Operating System Isilon OneFS 8.1 or later except for self-encrypting drive options which require Isilon OneFS or later
Number of Nodes Per Chassis 4 4 4
CPU Type (Per Node) Intel Xeon Processor D1508
ECC Memory (Per Node) 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB
Cache (Per Node), Solid State Drive (SSD) (800 GB, 1.6 TB, or 3.2 TB) 1 or 2 1 or 2 1 or 2
Self-Encrypting Drive (SED SDD) Option Yes Yes Yes
Front-End Networking (Per Node) 2 x 10GbE (SFP)
Infrastructure Networking (Per Node) 2 InfiniBand connections supporting QDR links or 2 X 10 GbE (SFP)
Typical Power Consumption @ 240V (Per Chassis) 1060 Watts (@25°C)
Maximum Power Consumption @ 240V (Per Chassis) 1460 Watts
Typical Thermal Rating 3,600 BTU/hr
Cluster Attributes
Number of Chassis 1 to 36
Number of Nobes 4 to 144
Cluster Capacity 120 TB to 17.2 PB
Rack Units 4 to 144
Product Attributes
Scale-Out Architecture Distributed, fully symmetric clustered architecture that combines modular storage with Isilon intelligent software
Modular Design 4 self-contained nodes include server, software, and SSDs in a 4U rack-mountable chassis; integrates easily into existing Isilon clusters
Operating System Isilon OneFS distributed file system: creates a cluster with a single file system and single global namespace; fully journaled, fully distributed, globally coherent write/read cache
High Availability No single point of failure; self-healing design protects against disk or node failure; includes back-end intra-cluster failover
Scalability Scales from 4 to 144 nodes in a single cluster with up to 17 PB capacity for the Isilon A200 and up to 28 PB capacity for the Isilon A2000. Add an additional chassis to scale capacity in a matter of minutes.
Data Protection FlexProtect file-level striping with support for N+1 through N+4 and mirroring data protection schemes
Data Replication Isilon SyncIQ fast and flexible file-based asynchronous replication
Data Retention Isilon SmartLock policy-based retention and protection against accidental deletion
Security File system audit capability to improve security and control of your storage infrastructure and address regulatory compliance requirements
Efficiency Isilon SmartDedupe data deduplication option, which can reduce storage requirements by up to 35 percent
Automated Storage Tiering Policy-based automated tiering options, including Isilon SmartPools and CloudPools software, to optimize storage resources and lower costs
Network Protocol Support NFSv3, NFSv4, NFS Kerberized sessions (UDP or TCP), SMB1 (CIFS), SMB2, SMB3, SMB3-CA, Multichannel, HTTP, FTP, NDMP, SNMP, LDAP, HDFS, ADS, NIS reads/writes
Environmental Specification
Power Supply Dual-redundant, hot-swappable 1050W (low line) 1100W (high line) power supplies with power factor correction (PFC); rated for input voltages 90 - 130 VAC (low line) and 180-264 VAC (high line)
Operating Environment Compliant with ASHRAE A3 data center environment guidelines
  • Height: 7” (17.8 cm); Width: 17.6” (44.8 cm);
  • Depth: (front NEMA rail to rear 2.5” SSD cover ejector): 35.8” (91.0 cm);
  • Depth: (front of bezel to rear 2.5” SSD cover ejector): 37.6” (95.5 cm);
  • Weight: 240 lbs. (108.9 kg)
Minimum Service Clearances Front: 40” (88.9 cm), rear: 42” (106.7 cm)

  PowerScale A300 PowerScale A3000 Isilon A200 Isilon A2000
Use Case High performance, nearline, active archive High performance, high density, deep archive Active archive Deep archive
Raw node capacity 30 TB - 240 TB 240 TB - 320 TB 30 TB - 240 TB 200 TB - 320 TB
ECC memory (per node) 96 GB 96 GB 16 GB or 64 GB 16 GB or 64 GB
Nodes per cluster 4 to 252 4 to 252 4 to 252 4 to 252
Raw cluster capacity 120 TB to 60 PB 960 TB to 80 PB 120 TB to 60 PB 800 TB to 80 PB
Inline Data Reduction Yes Yes No No

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