Qumulo File Fabric (QF2) is a modern, highly scalable file storage system that spans the data center and the public cloud. It scales to billions of files and costs less than legacy storage appliances. It is also the highest performance file storage system on premises and in the cloud. Real-time analytics let administrators easily manage data no matter how large the footprint or where it’s located globally. QF2’s continuous replication enables data to move where it’s needed when it’s needed, for example, between on-premises clusters and clusters running in the cloud.
In QF2, cloud instances or computing nodes with standard hardware work together to form a cluster that has scalable performance and a single, unified file system. QF2 clusters work together to form a globally distributed but highly connected storage fabric tied together with continuous replication.
Customers interact with QF2 clusters with industry-standard file protocols, the QF2 REST API and a web-based graphical user interface (GUI).
With QF2, you can use any mix of large and small files and store as many files as you need. There is no practical limit with Qumulo’s advanced file-system technology. Many Qumulo customers have data footprints in excess of a billion files. QF2 is vastly more efficient at representing and protecting small files than legacy scale-out NAS, typically requiring one third the storage capacity and half the protection overhead.
QF2 uses block-level protection and other advanced technologies. Because it operates at the block rather than the file level, it doesn’t have to protect each file individually, which also contributes to its scalability.
QF2 is the highest performance file storage system on premises and in the cloud. On premises, QF2 is optimized for standard hardware with SSDs and HDDs, which cost less than proprietary hardware. QF2 also has an all-flash option for workloads that need the highest possible performance. In the cloud, QF2 intelligently trades off between low-latency block resources and higher-latency, lower-cost block options. Its built-in, block-based tiering of hot and cold data delivers flash performance at hard disk prices.
QF2 costs less and has lower TCO than legacy storage appliances. QF2’s cost advantage comes from efficient use of storage capacity and from its use of standard hardware.
QF2’s cost efficiencies are also related to its reliability, particularly reprotect time, or how long it takes to recover data if a disk fails. QF2 uses sophisticated data protection techniques that enable the fastest reprotect times in the industry. They are measured in hours, not days or weeks. When reprotect times are fast, reliability increases. Better reliability means that administrators can greatly reduce the level of redundancy they need to achieve target reliability standards, which in turn increases storage efficiency and lowers cost.
QF2 makes 100% of user-provisioned capacity available for user files, in contrast to legacy scale-up and scale-out NAS that only recommend using 70% to 80%.
QF2 has real-time analytics that tell you what’s happening in your file system now. The analytics capability is a part of the QF2 codebase; it is not an afterthought. Instead of running multiple commands, parsing through pages of log files, and running separate programs, an administrator can simply look at the GUI and understand what’s happening. For example, an administrator can immediately see if a process or user is hogging system resources and, in real-time, apply a capacity quota.
QF2 is hardware independent and can run both in the data center and in the cloud, while still offering the same interface and capabilities to users, no matter if they are on-premises, off-premises, or spanning both. Administrators have the freedom to take advantage of the elastic compute resources that the cloud offers and then move data back to their data centers.
Qumulo offers responsive, personal customer care, with one of the highest Net Promoter Scores (NPS) in the industry and excellent reviews on Gartner Peer Insights. In contrast, many storage customers are dissatisfied with the support they receive from their vendors and find them to be unresponsive and reactive rather than proactive.
QF2 pricing is based on a single, simple subscription service that covers everything, including software, updates and support. This is important to customers who feel they are held hostage by the high cost of their existing storage appliances and the software licenses associated with their legacy hardware. Say goodbye to complicated pricing and support that becomes exorbitantly expensive after three years.
A QF2 subscription includes cloud-based monitoring that proactively detects potential problems, such as disk failures. Administrators can also access the QF2 trends service, which provides historical data about how the system is being used. This information can help lower costs and optimize workflows.
Qumulo follows Agile and other modern development practices, which means it has many small releases that steadily improve the product and keep it on the leading edge of what’s possible. Other storage vendors have infrequent releases that can keep customers waiting for improvements for years.
QF2 uses standard hardware provided by Qumulo or by partners such as HPE. In the cloud, it can use a range of instances that you can pick according to your capacity and performance requirements.
Customers get programmatic access to any feature or administrative setting in QF2. The QF2 REST API is built for developers. The API is suitable for DevOps and Agile operating approaches, which are how modern application stacks are constructed and managed, particularly in the cloud. For example, you can use tools such as Terraform and CloudFormation to automatically spin up QF2 clusters in the cloud.
For data center installations, QF2 is extremely simple to install. Once the nodes are racked and cabled, all an administrator has to do is sign the end-user license agreement (EULA), name the cluster, set up an admin name and password and perhaps enter some IP addresses. Installation is painless. From the moment QF2 is unboxed to when it can start serving data is a matter of hours, not days.
It is also extremely easy to create a QF2 cluster in the public cloud.
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