At a mature age, Qumulo breaks out in France

Using a vibrant development cycle to fix and adapt the latest features to business needs, storage specialist Qumulo works hard to improve their products. In France, mayonnaise begins to solidify.

Developed 10 years ago, Qumulo offers a hybrid storage solution (on-premises and cloud) for large amounts of structured or unstructured data. Based on a platform that uses SSDs and HDDs or a full flash as needed, the vendor’s offering is based on software that supports Cloud Q, AWS, Google Cloud, and very fast Microsoft Azure environments. Also, in collaboration with HPE and Fujitsu, a server infrastructure that can be internalized in enterprise data centers. Founded primarily by former Isilon System members (Aaron Passey, Neal Fachan and Peter Godman), which EMC acquired in 2010, Qumulo relies on simplicity (handling and use) to attract companies and facilitate the management of their storage groups. knots range from 2 to several hundred. It also plans to stand out from players like Isilon or NetApp by supporting a variety of data sources, its ability to scale and see data in real time, and automating integration tasks.

In France, activities began just before the health crisis, but are particularly promising. “France has always been an important area and a top priority for growing regions,” said César Fertiveau, Qumulo’s commercial director in France. The manager has just launched the 4th QumuloNight event in 2022. April 7 “Returning to the field has allowed very strong growth in France since 2019. middle and strengthen the presence in all historical media, entertainment. and health ’. The growth dynamics – there are currently 30 customers in France, including the audiovisual service provider Cognacq-Jay Image – can be seen in many markets, not only in the historical media and entertainment and health segments, but also in the public sector, research and monitoring. “We have strengthened our technology partnership, including with local integrators,” continues César Fertiveau.

Focus on the latest features

Insisting on the logic of its mobile sprint development, Qumulo took the opportunity to review its latest achievements by releasing it every two weeks “so that key additions can be added, corrected and made.” Instances of Qumulo CloudQ (4-20) deployed using AWS CloudFormation and Terraform templates can now support up to 6 PB as part of the system. good architecture from AWS. Currently, 50% of Qumulo customers use full cloud. When it comes to structuring backward compatibility, the supplier acknowledges some of the uncertainty that it is now trying to fill: “We used to have groups that could replicate with each other, but we didn’t know when the version would be updated if that compatibility was taken into account. . We’ve strengthened it in the code, so we won’t be able to replicate two groups with more than two different versions, which allows for flexible upgrades in the primary and secondary storage systems, ”explains Alexandre Hermier, Qumulo France Systems Engineer. . Among other innovations, we also find the possibility of a consistent or global reboot during the server firmware upgrade process, which allows us to spread and reduce service outages. The NFSv3 protocol has also been improved with Nconnect to create multiple read / write streams on multiple channels and multiple interfaces (1GbE, 10GbE …) from NFS exports. With better flow aggregation and parallelization performance.

“The Qumulo cluster is used to store unstructured data using file protocol access mode such as FTP, SMB, NFS, including HTTP via the REST API,” continues Alexandre Hermier. “We started building S3 at the front of the cluster, it’s a much debated but also highly desirable version that we didn’t want to do with the cookie formula.” This feature was first offered in read-only mode, later it will be extended to go far beyond file protocol scripts, such as backing up and new internal applications designed to achieve many of the micro-service-type enhancements accustomed to communicating through REST. API. “Instead of embedding K8 space with NFS exports to access persistent data sets, the idea is to share data between users and applications,” explains Alexandre Hermier. Other recent features include a checksum (compare errors related to data changes with the initial state) that will not be in the entry-level K-144T and K-168T solutions. Or even Atime (operations, directories, access time updates, etc.), a CSI driver for K8 to access persistent data, and Metric-API, a standardized API format for tracing tracking elements to a cluster, as well as nfsv4.1 more security.

Usage cases at a meeting in France

In addition to technical improvements, Qumulo took advantage of its event to highlight customer cases. The Fujitsu-Qumulo duo was selected in 2019 by Portalliance, which specializes in digital modeling in the aeronautics sector. as part of a hosted HPC infrastructure project. The main selection criteria are scalability and performance so that the computer system can communicate with the network storage group in the event of a large amount of unstructured data. In the case of the Fichorga publishing house, which specializes in notarial management decisions, the issue of access to a large number of concurrent files was also very important. Consumers, notaries, and employees actually open 400 to 500 files per minute, and the 16 million file limit for Windows groups has been reached, so service needs to be reduced, which is no longer the case with Qumulo. Produced since 2021. In November, five months after the start of the project, the installed 4-node infrastructure manages 70 TB of data, and in the long run a total of 260 million. However, the limit is far from being reached, with Fichorga estimating that it is only 15% of its platform’s IOPS capacity, so there remains something to see.

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