Qumulo Intros New Highly Scalable File System That Stretches On-Premises Data Infrastructure To The Cloud

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Scalable file storage software vendor Qumulo on Tuesday unveiled its first file fabric for easy scaling of data across on-premises and cloud environments, and said the new fabric allows easy scaling of billions of files to the Amazon Web Services cloud.

The new Qumulo File Fabric is the IT industry's first universal-scale file storage system, said Jay Wampold, vice president of marketing for the Seattle-based company.

The idea of universal-scale file storage systems is Qumulo's way to bring file-based data with billions of objects to the cloud, Wampold told CRN.

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NetApp invented scale-up NAS about 30 years ago, while scale-out file storage has been around for about 20 years, Wampold said.

"But now businesses want to scale up and out, and scale to billions of objects," he said. "They want to scale to the cloud, scale across geographies, and manage it all. That's universal-scale file storage."

The Qumulo File Fabric, or QF2, is a modern, highly-scalable file system that runs in data centers and in the cloud, Wampold said.

"QF2 lets customers scale files to anywhere on-premises or in the cloud, regardless their hardware platforms, and scale to anywhere in the globe," he said.

That kind of scalability is increasingly important as customers need new ways to store and manage increasing amounts of file data, Wampold said. For example, he said, an single autonomous vehicle can generate 14 TBs of data per day.

The Qumulo File Fabric solves two fundamental things, he said. "We are ensuring file-based data fits customers' requirements, and giving customers with global operations the ability to share information worldwide," he said.

To customers and their applications, the Qumulo File Fabric looks like an on-premises data infrastructure while stretching seamlessly to the cloud, starting with AWS, Wampold said. "QF2 provides real visibility to the data," he said. "Sure, you can use cloud gateways to move data to the cloud. But there has not been a lot of success here. They tend to be the worst of file services and the worst of object data on the back end."

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