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Posted March 16, 2015
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By Dan Heilman. Updated March 16, 2015 12:51PM

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After raising $67 million from a variety of high-profile investors, Qumulo, a new enterprise data storage company, on Monday introduced what it calls the world’s first data-aware scale-out network-attached storage (NAS). Qumulo Core was designed to help enterprises intelligently manage and store billions and trillions of files, according to the company.

Qumulo said the Core product builds real-time data analytics directly into storage, giving enterprises a view of their data and storage resources with greater visibility into which data is most valuable; where it is stored; which users or applications are accessing which files; which ones should be archived, backed up or deleted; and why data grows. Core users have reported gains in workflow performance and storage efficiency, according to Qumulo.

Making Attachments Easier

The company has spent the last three years working with customers to build the first data-aware scale-out NAS solution for the enterprise, which it said lets organizations manage, store and curate an enormous number of digital assets with one storage solution.

"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."

The key ingredient of Qumulo Core is the Qumulo Scalable File System (QSFS), which is designed to take advantage of the price/performance economics of commodity hardware, flash and dense spinning disk. It is also designed to be both read- and write-optimized, have high sequential and transactional performance, and handle small and large files.

The subscription-priced Qumulo Core runs as a user application on top of the Linux operating system. The software-only product can be run on commodity hardware appliances provided by Qumulo, or on approved commodity storage server hardware. The product is being aimed at demanding unstructured data workloads in industries including media and entertainment, life sciences, oil and gas, and other commercial high performance computing environments.

Many Advantages

We reached out to Jim Miller, a senior analyst at enterprise management specialists EMA, who told us the Core product showed a lot of promise.

"What I like is that it runs on commodity hardware," said Miller. "That could be very big for companies that go through hundreds of petabytes of data but want to save on software storage."

The Qumulo Q0626 hybrid storage appliance is a 1U node that provides 24 TB of raw HDD capacity and 1.6 TB 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.

The company was founded by the inventors of scale-out NAS at Isilon Systems, which was bought five years ago by EMC for $2.5 billion. Qumulo recently announced $40 million in Series B funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Qumulo Core software and Qumulo Q0626 hybrid storage appliances are available now. Entry pricing for a four-node, 100 TB raw capacity Qumulo Q0626 hybrid storage cluster begins at $50,000.

"Core seems to bring a lot of visibility to the data itself," Miller said. "It’s an improvement over previous products."

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