What the Dell? Qumulo gets on to PowerEdge servers

Qumulo’s QF2 (Qumulo File Fabric) software is now available on Dell’s PowerEdge R740xd storage server, a 2U 2-socket Xeon Skylake, all-NVMe flash drive system.

The QF2 SW is also available on Qumulo’s own storage server HW, HPE Apollo HW and in the AWS cloud.

It will compete, as a scale-out file system, with Dell EMC’s own Isilon gear, as well as with IBM’s Spectrum Scale SW, Panasas parallel file system SW, WekaIO, and also Elastifile. 

Qumulo says the Dell QF2 incarnation can scale out to 100s of petabytes and tens of billions of files. It claims QF2 is the highest performance file storage system in the data centre and the public cloud, being the most scalable and most efficient. 

There is no independent, industry-standard validation of these claims as, so far, it is absent from industry-standard benchmarks, such as the one which features Spectrum Scale, WekaIO and NetApp amongst others.

Having Dell server support adds a HW platform and males it easier to sell its SW into Dell’s server customer base, as well as enabling Qumulo to broadcast an anti-lock-in message.