Small-stature Isilon IQ 200 file server packs big features
System compensates for power-supply shortcoming with great manageability and resilienceFollow @infoworld
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It’s interesting to note that Isilon also offers SmartConnect, an optional load balancing application that will automatically spread servers’ traffic across the nodes. But with only five servers in my test bed, I did not use SmartConnect.
Despite the misadventure with the dead node, and the absence of a dual-power supply, I still like the IQ 200. OneFS has features that put conventional NAS systems to shame, and the cluster capability adds a level of scalability in performance and capacity that few other solutions in that price range can claim. Just buy an extra node, as long as Isilon continues to ship units without redundant power supply. It's a good idea regardless, and they don't cost that much.