Leaders and innovators use QF2 every day

File-based data becomes transformative when it gives people the freedom to collaborate, to innovate, and to create. QF2 opens new possibilities for its customers, who are leaders and innovators in many industries.

How QF2 is used

You’ll find QF2 in many exciting places, particularly in data-intensive industries where innovation is the name of the game. With QF2, it’s possible to achieve medical breakthroughs from multi-petabyte experimental data sets. With QF2, identifying security threats in a billion-file network log is a daily reality. With QF2, meeting the release date of a major animated motion picture gets easier. Read how Qumulo customers are leading the way.

QF2 use cases


VFX in the cloud

Learn how VFX studios meet their deadlines and create showstopping special effects with QF2 for AWS.

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Genomic Sequencing

Learn how QF2 speeds time to market with real-time analysis of genetic data and collaboration.

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Research Imaging

Learn how QF2’s performance helps researchers visualize biomedical and scientific data.

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Data Analytics

Learn how QF2 has the performance, scalability and enterprise features required for data analytics workloads.

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Media & entertainment

Digital animation rendering for a motion picture can generate from hundreds of terabytes to many petabytes. A single film can be made up of more than 500 million files and 250 billion pixels. Whether you’re rendering data-intensive simulations with billions of data points and multi GB/sec throughput requirements or smaller scale sequences for video games, QF2 works with your existing visual FX and animation workflows.

Read how QF2 was “the rock” that Crafty Apes depended on to create the opening sequence of the Academy Award-winning film, La La Land. (2 pages, PDF)


Scientific computing

Scientific computing and imaging generate tremendous amounts of file data. Whether they’re involved with 3D medical imaging, electron microscopy or models of natural phenomena, researchers are using ever more complex simulations and images of higher and higher resolution to make their breakthroughs. Research organizations need a storage system that can handle billions of files, maintain high performance so compute resources aren’t starved of data, and give insight into the data itself. QF2 delivers it all, from being able to scale to billions of files, to great performance and real-time analytics.

See how SCI uses QF2 for modeling, imaging and data analysis. (video, 3 minutes)

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Splunk data storage indexing


Telecommunications providers make billions of daily endpoint connections, and each one generates log data that has to be ingested, processed, and analyzed by tools such as Splunk to identify events or anomalies. These logs collect terabytes of machine data every day. QF2 delivers the incredible capacity, performance, and 100% availability telecom leaders demand.

Learn how one of the world’s largest telecom providers uses QF2 to handle its machine log data. (2 pages, PDF)


Digital archives

Data is growing at an explosive rate, roughly doubling every two years. Keeping up with all this information places a huge burden on the curators of that data: corporate libraries, universities, and other public institutions. At the same time, budgets are constrained by the amount of public and/or grant-related funds these institutions can raise. Many institutions that maintain digital archives have libraries that are petabytes in size and contain billions of unique files. Digital documents, audio and video files, and newer types of media such as digital maps and 3D models take up a tremendous amount of storage capacity. QF2 was designed to handle the storage requirements of these institutions. It provides virtually unlimited file capacity at one third the cost of legacy storage appliances.

Read how the J. Willard Marriott Library uses QF2 for storing and managing its digital archives. (2 pages, PDF)

Life sciences and medical research

Life sciences and medical research

Next generation sequencing and genomics analysis generates massive numbers of files, many of them small. A file storage system must be able to quickly stream these very large data sets to its clients. Sequencing operations in particular require the highest performance. High IOPS, throughput and bandwidth are critical. Legacy storage appliances cannot keep up with the capacity and performance these scientific analyses demand. QF2 is a modern, highly scalable file storage system that was designed to handle the challenges these data-intensive, file-based workflows present.

Read how Nobel Prize-winning researchers at Carnegie Institution for Science investigate developmental processes in embryology using QF2. (2 pages, PDF)


Environmental real-time sensor data

Massive data footprints, made up of many small files that come from sensor readings combined with large files used for complex simulations, characterize the environmental measurement industry. Many other markets, including airports, the maritime industry, and meteorological institutes depend on them for accurate, real-time, uninterrupted and reliable data. Environmental measurement companies need a storage system that can handle large, mixed workloads efficiently. QF2 was designed from the ground up for just this sort of challenge. The result is a file storage system with unmatched scale characteristics that handles small files and large files with equal efficiency.

Read how Vaisala uses QF2 for all its sensor and modeling data. (2 pages, PDF)


Large-scale document management

Industries must comply with many regulations that demand digital documentation and cataloging of corporate processes and infrastructure. This can translate into hundreds of thousands of documents. To keep control of an ever-growing library, a company needs a storage system that can do more than store petabytes of data. That system must be able to handle heavy I/O loads and massive file transfers. It must also provide accurate insights into how the data is used and how well the storage system performs. QF2 delivers on all fronts. It scales to billions of files and handles small files efficiently. Its real-time analytics are available through a GUI and can also be accessed via a REST API for customized reports or integration with other systems.

See how Sinclair Oil addressed the challenge of large-scale document management with QF2. (2 pages, PDF)



Every sensor and every system on connected cars generates a steady stream of file-based data. Research and development teams analyze these massive data sets to determine how to improve future versions of their cars. Storing such large amounts of video and sensor data is a challenge in and of itself while managing it adds a whole other layer of complexity. QF2 is the world’s first universal-scale file system. QF2 can store billions of files and its real-time analytics always gives up-to-the-minute information about the file system, including information such as IOPS hotspots, activity by client, and activity by path.

Read how Hyundai MOBIS uses QF2 to store and manage the data it gathers. (2 pages, PDF)


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