With the explosion in unstructured data, enterprises have more information than ever at their disposal to make smart decisions.
As with any major disruption, however, the sheer amount of data available brings its own list of challenges. Chief among them is how to effectively store and optimize an ocean of information in order to use it successfully.
For enterprises struggling to effectively manage their steady intake of information, there are a number of remedies available. For this post, we’re going to take a look at one of them: Dell EMC’s Isilon Cloud One FS.
The storage to scale
Traditionally, scaling out storage meant having systems in place to expand capacity as needed. These systems had size limitations, and once critical mass was reached in any one solution, entirely new systems needed to be created in order to expand.
The problem with this approach, outside of the substantial cost involved, was the ease in which data could quickly become siloed. Without an effective way to access all data available, putting information to work was extremely limited.
Isilon is designed to alleviate this problem. One of the first fully scaled out web scale systems, it provides enterprises with a way to continually expand without creating silos.
How does Isilon do this? Think of it as a Lego kit. As an enterprise’s needs grow, they can easily add another Isilon brick to expand capacity and increase performance. They also gain the ability to manage, optimize, and work on all their unstructured data from a single point of entry with Isilon’s built-in analytics tools.
The code is the key
Unlike datacenters and the cloud, Isilon is software defined storage. That means it can be deployed and used agnostically, regardless of an enterprise’s preferred storage solution.
The benefit of this is flexibility. Instead of being tied down to the whims of one single storage platform, or reliant upon increasingly expensive hardware upgrades, an enterprise can utilize Isilon to rapidly add—and, if need be, reduce—capacity as needed.
Different levels for different needs
Similar to cloud providers, Isilon also offers tiered storage levels. This provides enterprises with even greater flexibility, since they are able to budget storage costs based on data usefulness.
For projects where data is at its peak usefulness, the higher tiers provide the speed and power necessary for advanced workloads. Then, once a project has crested that peak, data can easily be moved to lower tiers, from medium (often on-premises) storage to deeper cold storage that is much more economical to maintain.
Since most enterprises no longer throw away data, this model ensures all information is always available at a cost that won’t break the bank.
For more information about Isilon or any other data storage solutions, download our free guide, A Guide to Managing and Scaling Your Unstructured Data in a Hybrid Cloud.
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