Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Software Defined Storage comes of age

Software Defined Storage comes of age

The rise of software defined everything is fundamentally changing how we approach computing. In the coming years the days of having a machine under your desk will end; the ability to request a machine - or any resource - that suits the task you’re working on is already here. Regardless of data size, memory and so forth networking performance now exceeds most storage capabilities. The only thing left is your data. And where you store it.

Software defined storage is now coming of age. It’s not tied to the hardware that underpins most traditional solutions and enables businesses to to run their file system of choice where and how they want to with the connectivity to do what they need irrespective of OS.

It becomes a storage solution that has true hybrid qualities - taking the best of what you have on premises and applying all the latest technologies to it. Because it’s not being tied to underlying hardware IT and engineering teams can leverage modern technology to deliver blistering performance. NVMeF can be deployed or you can even run natively in a cloud supplier, dialing up your scale and performance "on the fly" with the Rest API built into the core of your software defined storage platform, allowing you to control the entire file system progammably or via a feature-rich GUI.

This is not the future. This is now. And it's called Qumulo.

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Taking scale-out and scale-up to a new level, Qumulo works with billions of files on different hardware, scaling to geographic locations and the public cloud with real time analytics of all data workflows.

The clever part is its continuous replication system, developed to allow you to take any Qumulo cluster and replicate it completely or in parts between the cloud and other Qumulo clusters in other regions. Which means you can scale your workloads for artists wherever they are and where you need your data to be.

Qumulo is almost OneFS MKII, staffed by the original teams from the Isilon days (before they were acquired by EMC and Dell). The weaknesses of OneFs have been addressed and newer technologies have been included to make QF2 a potent software defined solution designed from the ground up to tackle the storage requirements of the 21st century.

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