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Dell EMC Isilon H5600 Hybrid NAS Storage
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Dell EMC Isilon H5600 Hybrid NAS Storage

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  • Stores up to 800 TB with 80 SATA drives per chassis
  • Delivers up to 8 GB/s throughput per chassis
  • Speeds performance with 4 to 8 flash SSDs for caching
  • Safeguards data with robust security options
  • Provides flexibility with multiprotocol support
  • Protects investment with the Future-Proof Loyalty Program (support agreement required)

Support demanding, large-scale file workloads with the versatile Dell EMC Isilon H5600 scale-out NAS platform. With a highly dense and efficient hybrid storage design that combines four Isilon nodes in a single 4U deep chassis, the Isilon H5600 provides massive capacity and throughput performance.

The Dell EMC Isilon H5600 helps lower your storage and related data center costs with over 80% storage utilization and data deduplication options. Automated storage tiering and cloud integration with a choice of cloud service providers can further optimize your storage resources.

Powered by the Isilon OneFS operating system, Isilon H5600 solutions stay simple to manage no matter how large your environment becomes. Enterprise-grade data protection and security options also help you safeguard your valuable data assets.

Dell EMC Isilon Hybrid Platforms

Dell EMC Isilon hybrid storage platforms, powered by the Isilon OneFS operating system, use a highly versatile yet simple scale-out storage architecture to speed access to massive amounts of data, while dramatically reducing cost and complexity. Isilon hybrid storage is highly flexible and strikes the balance between large capacity and high-performance storage to provide support for a broad range of enterprise file workloads. Isilon hybrid storage is available in 3 product lines:

  • EMC Isilon H400: Provides a balance of performance, capacity and value to support a wide range of file workloads. Isilon H400 delivers up to 3 GB/s bandwidth per chassis and provides capacity options ranging from 120 TB to 480 TB per chassis.
  • Dell EMC Isilon H500: This versatile hybrid platform delivers up to 5 GB/s bandwidth per chassis with a capacity ranging from 120 TB to 480 TB per chassis. An ideal choice for organizations looking to consolidate and support a broad range of file workloads on a single platform.
  • Dell EMC Isilon H5600: Combines massive scalability – 800 TB per chassis – and up to 8 GB/s bandwidth – in an efficient, highly dense, deep 4U chassis. The Isilon H5600 is designed to support a wide range of demanding, large-scale file applications and workloads.
  • Dell EMC Isilon H600: Designed to provide high performance at value, delivers up to 120,000 IOPS and up to 12 GB/s bandwidth per chassis. Ideal for high performance computing (HPC) workloads that don’t require the extreme performance of all-flash.

All Isilon hybrid storage platforms are powered by the Isilon OneFS operating system and use a dense, modular architecture to provide a powerful, yet simple scale-out storage platform to speed access to unstructured data, while reducing cost and complexity. Isilon hybrid storage systems integrate easily with Isilon all-flash and Isilon archive systems as well existing Isilon clusters.

Efficiency: Isilon scale-out storage delivers over 80 percent storage utilization versus about 50 percent for traditional platforms. Isilon SmartDedupe data deduplication software enhances storage efficiency to reduce your physical storage requirements. Isilon’s policybased, automated tiering options, including Isilon SmartPools and CloudPools software, allow you to optimize storage resources and further lower costs.

Flexibility: Isilon storage solutions supports all major protocols and data access methods including NFS, SMB, HDFS, HTTP, and FTP. This means that you can support a wide range of applications and workloads on a single Isilon platform.

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 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 file system auditing.


  • 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 H5600 Hybrid Specifications
  10 TB HDD
Chassis Capacity (Raw) 800 TB
SSD Drives (2.5") Per Chassis 80
Self-Encrypting Drive (SED SSD) Option Yes
Operating System Isilon OneFS 8.2 or later
Number of Nodes Per Chassis 4
CPU Type (Per Node) Intel Xeon Processor E5-2680 v4
ECC Memory (Per Node) 256 GB
Cache (Per Node), Solid State Drive (SSD) (800 GB, 1.6 TB, or 3.2 TB) 1 or 2
Self-Encrypting Drive (SED SDD) Option Yes
Front-End Networking (Per Node) 2 x 10GE (SFP+) or 2 x 40GbE (QSFP+)
Infrastructure Networking (Per Node) 2 x 40GbE (QSFP+)
Typical Power Consumption @ 240V (Per Chassis) 1668 Watts (@25°C)
Maximum Power Consumption @ 240V (Per Chassis) 1948 Watts
Typical Thermal Rating 5,628 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. Add an additional chassis to scale performance and capacity in about a minute.
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 1450W power supplies with power factor correction (PFC); rated for input voltage 180 – 265 VAC (optional rack mount step-up transformer for 90-130 VAC input regions)
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): 40.4” (102.6 cm);
  • Depth: (front of bezel to rear 2.5” SSD cover ejector): 42.2” (107.1 cm);
  • Weight: 285 lbs. (129.3 kg)
Minimum Service Clearances Front: 40” (88.9 cm), rear: 42” (106.7 cm)

  Isilon H400 Isilon H500 Isilon H600 Isilon H5600
Description Hybrid scale-out NAS Hybrid scale-out NAS Hybrid scale-out NAS Hybrid scale-out NAS
Use Case Enterprise file workloads, file shares, home directories Enterprise file workloads, file shares, home directories High performance for HPC and demanding file workloads Massive capacity, high performance and efficiency
Raw Capacity Per Chassis 120 TB - 480 TB 120 TB - 480 TB 72 TB - 144 TB 800 TB
Inline Data Compression No No No No
Throughput Per Chassis 3 GB/s 5 GB/s 12 GB/s Up to 8 GB/s
Drives Per Chassis 60 60 120 80
SSD Cache Per Chassis 3.2 TB - 25.6 TB 6.4 TB - 25.6 TB 6.4 TB - 25.6 TB 6.4 TB – 25.6 TB
Drive Capacities 2 TB, 4 TB or 8 TB 2 TB, 4 TB or 8 TB 600 GB or 1.2 TB 10 TB

Solutions & Services:

Dell EMC Unity All-Flash products come with a 3-year Limited Hardware Warranty. All software comes with the EMC Software Warranty. Dell EMC Unity product offerings include Proactive Management and Monitoring tools.

Support Services

Support Services

  • ProSupport for Enterprise (formerly Enhanced, Premium Support) - 24x7 remote technical support, options for next business day or 4-hour mission critical onsite response, automated issue detection, self-service case initiation, and hypervisor, operating environment software and OS support
  • ProSupport Plus for Enterprise - Includes all ProSupport for Enterprise features, plus priority access to ProSupport Plus engineers, a designated Technology Service Manager, regular assessments and recommendations, monthly reporting, and systems maintenance guidance
Deployment Services

Deployment Services

  • ProDeploy for Enterprise - Integrate new technology into existing environments with confidence through extensive planning and validation by expert certified engineers.
  • ProDeploy Plus for Enterprise - The most complete enterprise deployment offer available in the market, ensures you are ready for today and prepared for tomorrow.
  • Basic Deployment - Consistent installation of enterprise hardware by experienced technicians. Worry-free installations give you the freedom to focus on your business.

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