Architecture overview

The Converged Technology Extension for Isilon storage is a scale-out NAS storage solution that delivers increased performance for file-based data applications and workflows from a single file-system architecture. It works as an add-on component to Converged Systems. It provides scale-out capacity for use as Network File System (NFS) and Server Message Block (SMB) Common Internet File System (CIFS) shares. The shares reside in the VMware vSphere VMs in the Converged System.

Depending on the specific configuration, the Converged Technology Extension for Isilon storage may contain the following key hardware components:

  • Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX switch
  • Cisco Nexus 93180YC-FX switch
  • Cisco Nexus 93180LC-EX switch
  • Cisco Nexus 5596UP switch
  • Cisco Nexus 5548UP switch
  • Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 switch
  • Isilon 12300 InfiniBand switch
  • Isilon 12800 InfiniBand switch
  • Isilon S210 node
  • Isilon NL400 node
  • Isilon NL410 node
  • Isilon X410 node
  • Isilon X210 node
  • Isilon HD400 node

The following table shows the differences between Generation 5 and Generation 6 on the Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX, Cisco Nexus 93180LC-EX, and Cisco Nexus 55xxUP, Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2, and Cisco Nexus 93180YC-FX switches:

Isilon Generation 5 Isilon Generation 6

Isilon back-end InfiniBand switches

  • 8-port
  • 18-port
  • 36-port
  • 48-port (2 x 24-port leaf modules)
  • 24-port leaf modules

Isilon back-end Ethernet switches

  • 10 GbE 24-port
  • 10 GbE 48-port
  • 10 GbE 96-port (2 x 48-port leaf modules)
  • 10 GbE 48-port leaf module
  • 40 GbE 32-port
  • 40 GbE 64-port (2 x 32-port leaf modules)
  • 40 GbE 32-port leaf module
  • 10 GbE 32-port
  • 100 GbE 32-port
Isilon HD400 Isilon A200
Isilon NL400 Isilon A2000
Isilon NL410 Isilon F800
Isilon S210 Isilon F810
Isilon X210 Isilon H400
Isilon X410 Isilon H500
Isilon H600
Isilon H5600

For Generation 5 configurations, leaf modules are only applicable over 36 nodes.

For Generation 6 configurations, leaf modules are only applicable in 10 GbE over 48 nodes and 40 GbE over 32 nodes.