Promise of Universal Scale white paper

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Learn how QF2 delivers on the promise of universal scale (18 pages, PDF)


Executive Summary

Large-scale file storage has reached a tipping point. The amount of file-based data has been growing steadily, and its growth has accelerated to the point that companies wonder how they will be able to manage the ever-increasing scale of digital assets. In addition, elastic resources and global reach of the public cloud are creating new demand for the mobility of file-based data.

As a result, new requirements for file-based storage are emerging. The new requirements point to the need for a universal-scale file storage system. For example, such a system has no upper limit on the number of files it can manage no matter their size, and it can run anywhere, whether on-premises or in the cloud.

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, costs less and has lower TCO 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 onpremises clusters and clusters running in the cloud.

QF2 runs on industry-standard hardware and was designed from the ground up to meet all of today’s requirements for scale. QF2 is the world’s first universal-scale file storage system, allowing the modern enterprise to easily represent and manage file sets numbering in the billions of files, in any operating environment, anywhere in the world.

Table of Contents

  • Executive summary
  • A perfect storm
  • Universal-scale file storage
    • Rethinking the file storage industry
    • The limitations of on-premises storage appliances
  • Inadequacy of cloud-based file solutions
  • Qumulo File Fabric (QF2)
  • How QF2 works
    • The QF2 file system
    • Real-time quotas
    • Snapshots
    • Continuous replication
    • Scalable Block Store (SBS)
  • Object and file storage
  • Conclusion

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