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Dell-EMC PowerScale and Isilon AI Storage

The PowerScale Family

PowerScale is the next evolution of OneFS – the operating system powering the Dell-EMC class- leading scale-out NAS platform. The PowerScale family includes Dell EMC PowerScale platforms and the Dell EMC Isilon platforms configured with the PowerScale OneFS operating system. OneFS provides the intelligence behind the highly scalable, high–performance modular storage solution that can satisfy all your AI and deep learning application needs.


Inline compression and data deduplication software enhances storage efficiency to reduce your physical storage requirements by up to 35%. A policy-based, automated tiering option allows you to optimise storage resources and further lower costs.


Powered by the PowerScale OneFS operating system, Isilon all-flash storage supports all major protocols and data access methods. This means that you can support a wide range of unstructured data applications and workloads on a single storage platform.

Data Protection

All-flash platforms are highly resilient and offers N+1 through N+4 redundancy. With OneFS you may also choose from a variety of efficient and proven enterprise data backup and disaster recovery options.


All-flash platforms offer a broad range of robust security options including FIPS 140-2 level 2 self-encrypting drives, role-based access control (RBAC), secure access zones and file system auditing support.

PowerScale - Fast, Flexible and Scalable

New PowerScale all-flash storage platforms - powered by the OneFS operating system - provide a powerful yet simple scale-out storage architecture to speed up access to massive amounts of unstructured data while dramatically reducing cost and complexity. They deliver extreme performance and efficiency for your most demanding unstructured data applications and workloads, such as AI and deep learning. Dell-EMC has worked with NVIDIA to provide reference architectures featuring PowerScale or Isilon arrays, the DGX A100 Universal AI alliance and NVIDIA Mellanox switches for connectivity.

Dell-EMC PowerScale F-series All-Flash Arrays

deep learning computer system

The Powerscale F-series of arrays with NVMe drives provides larger capacity with massive performance in a cost-effective compact form factor to power the most demanding workloads. Each node allows you to scale raw storage capacity from 15.36 TB to 61.4 TB per node and up to 15.48 PB of raw storage per cluster. They also includes inline software data compression and deduplication. The minimum number of nodes per cluster is three while the maximum cluster size is 252 nodes.

Dell-EMC Isilon F-series All-Flash Arrays

3xs data science workstation

The Isilon F-series all-flash arrays provide massive performance and capacity along with PowerScale OneFS software delivering inline data compression and deduplication capabilities to deliver extreme efficiency. They deliver up to 250,000 IOPS and 15GB/sec aggregate throughput in a single chassis configuration and up to 15.75M IOPS and 945GB/s of aggregate throughput in a 252 node cluster. Each F-series chassis houses 60 SSDs of up to 15.36TB each, scaling to 58PB.

System Specifications
Feature PowerScale F600 PowerScale F200 Isilon F810 Isilon F800
Raw Node Capacity 7.68TB - 61.44TB 3.84TB - 15.36TB 230TB - 924TB% 96TB - 924TB
SSDs per Node 8 4 60 60
CPU Type 2x Intel 1x Intel 1x Intel 1x Intel
ECC Memory per Node 128, 192 or 384GB 48 or 96GB 256GB 256GB
Networking per Node 2 x 10GbE (SFP+) or 2 x
25GbE (SFP28) or 2 x
100GbE (QSFP28+)
2 x 10GbE (SFP+) or 2 x
25GbE (SFP28)
2 x 10GbE (SFP+) or 2 x
25GbE (SFP28) or 2 x
40GbE (QSFP+)
2 x 10GbE (SFP+) or 2 x
25GbE (SFP28) or 2 x
100GbE (QSFP28+)
Infrastructure Networking 2 x 100GbE (QSFP28+) 2 x 10GbE or 2 x
25GbE (SFP28)
2 x 40GbE (QSFP+) 2 x 40GbE (QSFP+)
Number of Nodes 3 to 252 3 to 252 3 to 252 3 to 252
Max. Cluster Capacity 15PB 3.8PB 58PB 58PB
Operating System PowerScale OneFS PowerScale OneFS PowerScale OneFS PowerScale OneFS
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