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Qumulo Global Namespace

Imagine if your remote data were accessible as if it were local, and under a single namespace. It would simplify your operations, lower your costs, and greatly increase agility for all your workflows.

Linear expansion leads to exponential complexity

End users can be anywhere, so your data has to be everywhere. Multiple file systems in multiple data centers and in the cloud can leave you long on complexity and short on options. Most of those options have downsides of their own.

Cross-site data duplication

  • Managing multiple point-to-point replication pairs
  • Spiraling storage costs due to data redundancy
  • Reconciling version conflicts between sites and across datasets
  • Multi-site replication at scale can overwhelm WAN links

Storage tiering

  • Treewalks at petabyte scale can cause availability and performance issues
  • Millions of stub files can break apps and impact users
  • Added licensing costs and complex management 

Third-party data management tools

  • Gateway servers can lead to data-access chokepoints
  • Many tools break down at scale 
  • Added licensing costs and complex policy management 

Dozens of filesystems, one namespace

When you have globally distributed users who need low-latency access to data everywhere, Qumulo Global Namespace lets you consolidate all your Qumulo instances – edge, core, and cloud – into a unified data plane that enables local-like access to remote files.

Low-latency access to data everywhere

  • Available on all Qumulo instance types
  • Data is served from the closest Qumulo instance
  • Even faster time-to-first-byte by prefetching relevant data
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Simplify all your workflows

  • “Follow the sun” workloads for global teams
  • Remote collaboration pipelines
  • Make hybrid workflows transparent to users and applications
  • From HPC to archive and everything in between

No need to duplicate your data at scale

  • Eliminate version conflicts between duplicate datasets
  • Lower costs by reclaiming bandwidth and capacity across sites and clouds
  • Retrieve and cache data only when it is requested

The Qumulo Difference

With Qumulo Global Namespace, our Scale Anywhere™ platform is the only primary storage solution that enables seamless access to unstructured data everywhere – simplifying unstructured data management, enabling hybrid workflows, and lowering costs. 

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Qumulo Global Namespace is based on the same AI-driven algorithm that we’ve been perfecting for over 10 years to pre-fetch the data you need, from any Qumulo Instance anywhere, before you need it.

Uses a network-optimized cross-instance communication protocol to minimize WAN traffic, reducing costs and simplifying operations.

Fine-grained read / write locking and intelligent cache management between Qumulo instances guarantees data consistency for all users and apps, providing low-latency access to data everywhere.

Among all enterprise unstructured data platforms, only Qumulo provides a globally consistent filesystem across multiple sites and clouds, as well as globally consistent enterprise unstructured data management.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage

For the sixth year in a row, Gartner® identified Qumulo as a Leader in the 2023 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage. To us, this is an acknowledgement that Qumulo is charting a path forward to shape and redefine enterprise storage.

Learn why we are consecutively named a Leader, and evaluate Qumulo in respect to other vendors in the report:

One namespace for an array of industry use cases

Energy & Resources
Subsurface modeling
Well optimization
Life Sciences
Genomics pipelines
Digital pathology AI

Higher Education
Research HPC
Data Migration

Media & Gaming
Video editing & VFX Render

Financial Services
Data curation/comliance
Active archives

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Frequently Asked Questions

Global Namespace lets you define virtual paths to your data, freeing your data from the constraints of a physical location and letting all your workflows use the same path to access the same data no matter where it’s physically located.

When a client accesses a remote file via Global Namespace, the client’s local Qumulo instance caches the file. When another client opens the same file, the local instance provides the cached version of the file rather than downloading it again from the remote location. Additionally, Qumulo’s own AI-powered prefetch engine anticipates which additional data is likely to be needed and preemptively caches it as well. Not only does this enable low-latency access to the data you use most, it also eliminates the need to replicate data that you don’t.

Qumulo Global Namespace makes teams more agile by making it easier for users and workgroups to collaborate from anywhere with real-time local access to remote data. GNS enables follow-the-sun and collaborative workflows for users and automated workflows across M&E, life sciences, energy, education and other industries.

For cloud-based AI/ML workflows, Global Namespace makes it possible to access all your data everywhere, not just the unstructured data that’s in the same cloud region – so you don’t have to replicate datasets from anywhere else.

Global Namespace can also simplify data pipeline use cases. GNS lets you move data from ingest at the edge to high-performance storage to archive storage without ever changing the path.

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