How Qumulo Compares

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Problems with NetApp in Today’s Data Environment

New architectures are required to meet today’s business needs.

Complex purchasing and deployments

In today’s world, there is no reason that purchasing a file data platform should be complex and difficult to deploy. If architectured correctly, the solution should be a single solution that is easy to deploy no matter where you want to run it.

Old fashioned data protection is the standard

Time consuming and complex RAID data protection is not what you would expect from a modern file system.

Being data blind is unacceptable

In order to efficiently and effectively manage your entire file data platform you need to have real-time visibility of all aspects of the data and performance.

NetApp customer support is old school, time consuming and frustrating

Qumulo goal is to delight our customers. With Qumulo, you can speak directly to a dedicated team via Slack, offering instant communication with experts who not only know our product inside and out.

Limited in scalability and difficult to expand

With today’s unrelenting file data growth you need a system that can scale to multiple petabytes and one that can scale-on-demand.

The Qumulo Difference

Modern data environments need a modern approach. Qumulo makes managing unstructured data radically simple.

Data-aware intelligence

Only Qumulo can provide real-time insight into what’s driving the growth of your storage footprint. Don’t guess which client is dominating usage of your storage performance or capacity. Let Qumulo analytics tell you IOPS by IP address, identify data hotspots and visualize usage. Results in seconds regardless of data set size!

Machine learning, predictive, read-ahead cache gives the performance benefits on read, in addition to write, of SSD with the cost benefits of HDD.

Programmable API interface not only allows common tasks to be automated but also enables chargeback.


Qumulo’s pricing strategy is simple. A single annual subscription covers everything. Move your license to newer generations of hardware, or to the cloud without undergoing a entire system purchasing process.

Qumulo’s software is hardware independent; it runs both on commodity hardware and in the cloud. This enables Qumulo to enable future-proofed, lower-cost, adoption of modern storage technology, with the ability to run workloads in the cloud or in the data center.

Leverage the cloud for all your active unstructured file data.


Qumulo offers dramatic improvements in small file performance, re-build times, and file contention, compared with legacy scale-out architectures.
Block-based protection system increases performance in mixed-file environments.

Our hybrid architecture is significantly faster because every write goes to flash first before content is stored on disk.


Qumulo’s file data platform is designed to fill a cluster to 100 percent of useable capacity. Get what you pay for with no performance degradation.

Qumulo is optimized for mixed IO environments. Small files are as efficient as large ones.

Re-protect times are consistent, predictable and measured in hours with no over-provisioning.

Qumulo does not require tree walks when recovering failed drives; all rebuilds happen underneath the file system at the block level.

The best customer success experience in the world

Qumulo’s Customer Success managers are storage experts – former system administrators with decades of experience supporting petabyte-level storage.

You’ll have access to a team dedicated solely to working with customers, and who use cloud monitoring to watch the health of your clusters.

All this helps explain why customer support is the #1 reason customers renew their Qumulo subscriptions.

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