No corners cut in our cheap hybrid storage box, Qumulo claims

Qumulo has launched an entry-level system that adds 80 per cent more capacity and 200 per cent faster read speed.

There has been a flurry of recent activity from the scale-out filer company which last week introduced its software on the Google Cloud Platform and also launch the CloudStudio workload migration tool.

The company has three hardware ranges:

  • High-performance all-flash P32T and P92T
  • Capacity Series with hybrid flash/disk QC24 and QC40 entry-level systems
  • Capacity Series with larger capacity hybrid flash/disk QC104, QC208, QC260 and QC360 models
  • Nearline K-144T hybrid flash/disk system 

The new C-72T is available now but no pricing information was revealed at time of writing. The system fits in above the QC40, as this table shows:

The C-72T is a 1U box holding 12 x 6TB disk drives. We think they are laid out in three rows of four as the image below indicates:

Qumulo has used the 1U enclosure and Xeon D D-1531 6-core CPU from the Nearline K-144T system to power the C-72T. This new box uses 6TB disk drives instead of the nearline system’s 12TB spinners.

Customers can start at less than 200TB of capacity (4-node cluster) and scale to beyond 3PB in linear scalable increments.

The combination of low-power Xeon D processor and 6TB drives helps to lower cost – but not performance, as Qumulo is keen to emphasise.

It has 200 per cent more read performance than the QC24 and QC40, although the actual number isn’t published. In general, Qumulo systems have gained doubled throughput performance and a 50 per cent reduction in latency for both Server Message Block (SMB) and Network File System (NFS) since NAB 2018.

XPP and Minio S3-access

Qumulo has also automated Cross-Protocol Permissions (XPP) capabilities. Using this, sysadmins can enable Windows, Linux, and macOS platform users to collaborate without requiring manual creation of per-OS permissions safeguards. XPP ensures permissions compatibility as users access and collaborate on the same sets of files over SMB and NFS protocols.

The company has announced a certified solution with MinIO, Inc. for its Minio open source S3 object storage server. It is also working on its own, in-house S3 object storage access software. This was supposed to be initially available in March.

Molly Pressley, product marketing director, said the in-house S3 software is “still on the roadmap [but is] not part of this week’s announcements”.

The Minio gateway software enables customers to run file and object workloads from the same Qumulo storage infrastructure. Check out a tutorial here.