Isilon offers the EX 6000, EX 9000 and EX 12000 storage extension nodes. Designed as an extremely low-cost, high-capacity clustered storage product, each Isilon EX 6000 contains 6 terabytes of SATA-II disk capacity (9 terabytes for the EX 9000 and 12 terabytes for the EX 12000) in a 2U form factor and utilizes state-of-the-art Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology to connect to an Isilon IQ 6000, IQ 9000 or IQ 12000 platform node. By leveraging Isilons OneFS operating system with unique clustered storage architecture, the EX 6000, EX 9000 and EX 12000 create a high-density storage solution that can modularly scale to hundreds of terabytes of capacity in single unified clusters and single file systems. Starting at a minimum configuration of five Isilon IQ platform nodes paired with five EX storage extension nodes, the solution integrates seamlessly within existing enterprise network infrastructures and uses standard NAS file sharing protocols over Gigabit Ethernet. Its an ideal multi-tier storage solution for:
- Nearline Archiving: Large scale and less frequently accessed information can be seamlessly moved to an economical and highly available secondary tier of disk-based storage that enables businesses to lower total storage costs while providing instantaneous access to archive information, including CAD/ CAM designs, document images, video, audio, digital photos, historical documents, medical images and e-mail attachments.
- Disk-to-Disk Backup and Restore: Consolidation of backup information onto a large, single disk-based cluster significantly reduces backup windows, restore times and eliminates failures commonly found with traditional tape-based systems.
- Remote Disaster Recovery: When combined with Isilons SyncIQ asynchronous replication software, a large, single disk-based cluster serves as a superior business continuance storage solution, ensuring enterprise information is online and accessible at all times.