3 posts • joined Friday 11th February 2011 17:34 GMT
Re: Practically worthless
@Nate, Eric from EMC Isilon here. I do agree with your points on this. We don't suggest or even support VMs running directly on the storage nodes.
Here's Why. Isilon doesn't have the rebuild limitations associated with 4TBs HDDs and RAID
Usual full disclosure - I work for the Isilon Storage Division of EMC. The Reg didn't explicitly cover this, but this is why 4TB drives and Isilon is very news-worthy.
The way Isilon's OneFS file system distributes chunks of files, first across all nodes, and then deep across drive in a cluster means that on a drive failure, a complete drive rebuild is not required. Only the bits of files that were on the failed device are restored. As example, assuming the cluster/drives are 70% full, only 70% of the content of the failed drive is reconstructed. And the process is accomplished with huge amounts of parallelism with all the nodes participating in the file reconstruction to free space distributed throughout the cluster. The more nodes in the cluster the faster the file rebuilds. Elegantly scalable data protection.
The Isilon architecture doesn't have the drive rebuild bottlenecks of many RAID based systems which need to reconstruct the complete 4TB drive by reading parity from a rather small number of drives in a RAID set and writing the data to a single hot spare. The hot spare becomes the rebuild bottleneck at ~140MB/sec and considering that in a common 8+2 RAID-6 group a drive rebuild requires 8x4TB reads - 32TB read to rebuild 4TB.
Isilon can adopt big fat 4TB spinners and with its parallel file rebuilds and elegantly scalable data protection, it greatly reduces the risk of multiple drive failures and/or non-recoverable bit errors causing data loss. Something that most RAID based architectures can't scale with drive size.
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