Technology Overview

Qumulo File System

Qumulo software is a distributed hybrid cloud file system, developed to offer you flexibility, running on industry standard hardware and natively in the cloud.

Manages billions of files, large or small, easily.

The first file system built to address your hybrid cloud workloads, whether you require burst computing capabilities, global data collaboration, or if your business is considering a migration to the public cloud.

Key Benefits

Enterprise file storage

Built for the hybrid cloud


Real-time data analytics

Industry’s most advanced API

Unmatched customer success

How It’s Used
Use Case: Genomic Sequencing

Scientific Computing

Machine Learning / Analytics

Autonomous Vehicle Research / ADAS

Video Production

Academic Research / SLED

How it works

Qumulo’s file system offers you real-time visibility, scale and control of your data from your data center to the public cloud.

Software-defined and built for the hybrid cloud.

Qumulo’s distributed file system gives you the option of running on pre-configured hardware platforms, pre-qualified third-party hardware platforms from HPE or Dell EMC, or natively in the public cloud with AWS or GCP.

The Qumulo file system license is fully transferable between on-prem and cloud-based platforms so that your investment in our software is usable no matter how your storage strategies evolve in the future. Built for today and tomorrow’s file storage workflow needs, with Qumulo, your data is available when and how you want it.

Real-time analytics show you what’s happening with your data.

Get instant visibility into your data and users. Qumulo software assigns the aggregation of real-time metadata to all data as it’s ingested. This gives you real-time insight into your system, without performance degradation or long file system scans.

Free up your time from mundane administrative tasks with visibility into crucial information:

  • IOPS and throughput hotspots
  • Capacity trending
  • User activity
  • Auditing
  • Bill back reporting
  • Data usage

Simplify your storage management.

Qumulo’s hybrid cloud file storage provides a single namespace, exposed across protocols, that provides a vast number of users centralized access to files whether the data is on-prem, multi-site, or in the cloud. 

  • Scale to billions of files across your data center and the cloud.
  • Symmetrically scale capacity and performance.
  • Remove data silos and eliminate a tangle of multi-volume mounts.
Industry-Leading Features

Modern enterprise file storage.

Massive scalability

Qumulo’s distributed file system is designed to scale to billions of files, and store all file sizes efficiently. The scalable block store offers you unprecedented scalability, optimized performance, and data protection.


Qumulo’s snapshots capture the state of your file system or directory at a given point in time. With Qumulo’s snapshots feature, you can restore single files and whole directories with the click of a button. And you have access to snapshot capacity data and usage over time through Qumulo’s robust analytics platform.

Mixed protocol support

In order to support mixed workloads, Qumulo’s software supports standard protocols such as NFS, SMB, FTP, CLI, and includes a comprehensive REST API for deeper integration with third-party software and custom scripting. Qumulo’s software provides the permissions, controls and access restrictions your file applications need, to create the smoothest workflow possible for mixed-protocol environments.

Erasure coding

Erasure coding provides data protection at the block level and is faster, more configurable and more space-efficient than alternatives such as mirroring and RAID. Erasure coding enables you to leverage 100% of your usable storage, with no performance degradation.


Set and implement quotas in real-time, not just when a directory is originally created. Qumulo provides you the ability to instantly limit the capacity of a user’s directory, and you can apply these quotas to any directory (even nested ones).

Single namespace

Accessible through NFS and SMB protocols, Qumulo’s single namespace functionality allows your team centralized access to files, whether you’re operating on-prem, multi-site, in the cloud, or any combination thereof.

Continuous replication

Qumulo’s continuous replication provides you with continuous one-way asynchronous replication across storage clusters, whether on-prem or in the public cloud. This feature leverages snapshot capabilities to ensure consistent data replicas. Qumulo takes it a step further, applying smart algorithms to make sure data replicates as often as practical without negatively impacting your overall cluster performance.


Qumulo’s auditing feature integrates with standard monitoring systems and tracks users by both their IP address and AD user. With auditing, you can track all data access, writes and modifications, and you can scale your system to millions of IOPS with minimal performance impact. And you can track all protocols including SMB, NFS, FTP, and API.

Programmable API

Programmatically retrieve all information presented in Qumulo’s user interface with REST calls. Store them externally in a database or send them to another application such as Splunk or Tableau. You even have the capability to invoke file system operations with the REST API to automate administrative tasks, saving your valuable bandwidth for the work you’d rather focus on.

Learn more:

Qumulo’s Performance Architecture
Qumulo and the Problem of ‘Data Blindness’
Technical Overview of Qumulo’s File System and Software

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Trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major film studios, and some of the largest research facilities in the world.

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“Qumulo Care is absolutely phenomenal — the best support I’ve seen from any vendor. The team is very proactive, knowledgeable, and really strives to make a personal connection. I even have the cell number for my tech liaison. It’s been a real pleasure to deal with Qumulo.”

Nathan Larsen — Director of IT, Sinclair Oil

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“We’re actual proof that the solution works. There’s no possible way I could install 1,000 machines in our network here. I don’t have the power or cooling to support them. We were able to make the decision, and in less than 1 hour be rendering on 1,000 machines. After the jobs finished, we simply terminated the instances.”

Jason Fotter — Co-Founder/CTO, FuseFX

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“Managing data with Qumulo is so simple it’s hard to describe the impact. It has given us tremendous ROI in terms of time saved and problems eliminated, and having that reliable storage we can finally trust makes us eager to use it more broadly throughout the company.”


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“For a critical digital media archive, Qumulo is the safest place I can think to put it short of directly in a backup vault. Soon we won’t need anything else but backup, high-speed virtual storage, and Qumulo. The fact that Qumulo is fast enough to mount and host VMDKs as repositories is a real help with our overall infrastructure.”


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Qumulo File System

Qumulo’s software provides a modern, distributed file storage system developed from the ground up to run on commodity hardware or natively in the cloud.

About the File System

Hybrid Cloud File Storage: All Flash

All-Flash Performance

All-flash NVMe storage that delivers industry leading performance.

All-Flash Performance

Hybrid Cloud File Storage: Active Archive

Active Archive

Scale without limits, with high density archive nodes.

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Hybrid Cloud File Storage: Hybrid SSD

Hybrid SSD/Disk Storage

The performance of flash with the economics of disk.

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Hybrid Cloud File Storage: Cloud Platforms

Cloud Products

Lift workloads and data to the public cloud easily with hybrid cloud products designed for simplicity.

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Hybrid Cloud File Storage: Professional Services

Pro Services

A variety of offerings to help you get the most out of your Qumulo installation.

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