Installing EMC Isilon Virtual Nodes onto VMware ESXi

Background

Isilon, if you’re not aware of it, is a clustered Scale-out NAS solution from EMC. The article below covers setting up a virtual Isilon cluster suitable for experimenting and testing out Isilon in a VMware ESXi-based lab environment.

Scenario and scope

  • Create a 3-node virtual EMC Isilon storage cluster on VMware ESXi.
  • This guide is written for ESXi Standalone (Free edition) in my home lab, but should be applicable to a “real” Virtual Infrastructure setup with vCenter, too.