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Qumulo Emerges from Stealth with World’s First Data-Aware Scale-Out Network-Attached Storage

Qumulo, a new enterprise data storage company, came out of stealth to introduce the world’s first data-aware scale-out network-attached storage (NAS). Qumulo Core was designed by the inventors of scale-out NAS to help enterprises intelligently manage and store billions and trillions of files. Qumulo Core is generally available today and in production by leading customers in commercial high-performance computing industries.

Qumulo Core builds real-time data analytics directly into storage, giving enterprises an unprecedented view of their data and storage resources at scale. With greater visibility into which data is most valuable, where it is stored, what users or applications are accessing what files, what should be archived, backed up or deleted, and why data grows, Qumulo’s customers report significant gains in workflow performance and storage efficiency.

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“Most enterprise storage systems can’t store this much data at all. Those that can, don’t help at all with the primary problem: that of managing billions of digital assets,” said Peter Godman, Qumulo CEO and co-founder. “Enterprise data storage vendors have worked hard to make ‘buy more storage’ the answer to every problem, but that doesn’t help businesses manage data. Qumulo has spent the last three years working hand in hand with customers to build the first data-aware scale-out NAS solution for the enterprise, enabling organizations to manage, store and curate an enormous number of digital assets with a simple, efficient and cost-effective new storage solution.”

Qumulo was founded by the inventors of scale-out NAS at Isilon Systems (acquired by EMC for $2.5 billion in 2010) and has attracted a team of proven entrepreneurs from Adobe, Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft and Wily Technology. Qumulo recently announced $40 million in Series B funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, bringing the total investment in the company to $67 million.

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At the heart of Qumulo Core is the Qumulo Scalable File System (QSFS). QSFS was built from scratch and designed to take advantage of the price/performance economics of commodity hardware, flash and dense spinning disk. It is designed to be both read and write optimized, have high sequential and transactional performance, and efficiently handle small and large files.

Qumulo Core is a software application that runs as a user application on top of the Linux operating system, coupling rapid pace of innovation with software subscription pricing. Qumulo Core is a software-only solution that can be run on commodity hardware appliances provided by Qumulo, or on approved commodity storage server hardware.

Primary benefits of Qumulo Core include:  

  • Real-time analytics – QSFS doesn’t just store data, but also curates and manages it
  • Software-only solution – Qumulo Core runs on commodity hardware, on dedicated appliances, or in virtual machines
  • Flash-first hybrid design – Maximizes both price/performance and price/capacity
  • SaaS software delivery model – Pay-as-you-go for continual infrastructure software innovation
  • No compromise storage – Optimized for the widest range of workloads and file size
  • 100% programmable – Public and self-documenting REST API with interactive API explorer built into the web UI

The Qumulo Q0626 hybrid storage appliance is a 1U node that provides 24TB of raw HDD capacity and 1.6TB of raw SSD capacity. Qumulo’s data-aware scale-out NAS can be scaled from four to over 1000 nodes in a single cluster and single namespace.

Qumulo Core is the ideal solution for demanding unstructured data workloads in media and entertainment, life sciences, oil and gas, and other commercial high-performance computing environments. Qumulo’s early customers include Ant Farm, Blind Studios, Densho, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, Sinclair Oil, Sportvision, TELUS Studios, University of Utah Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, ZOIC Studios and many others.

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