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Enterprise Requirements for Petabyte-scale File Data Management On-premises and in the Cloud

giant wave with zeros and ones superimposedEnterprises of all sizes are using unstructured file data in new and varied ways to drive innovation and create value. Whether they are optimizing retail operations through AI-enabled video analytics or improving healthcare through an in-depth analysis of high-resolution microscopy images, they are capturing file data from more sources and in a greater variety of file sizes than in the past. In turn, they must store multiple petabytes of data to support these new workloads. They need petabyte-scale file data management.
Whether enterprises are driving innovation in the cloud or have simply outgrown their legacy filers, they need a high-performance file solution that can handle this data deluge. At the same time, many enterprises are moving both new and legacy workloads to the cloud. Thus, the file storage supporting these workloads must be available to workloads running in the cloud.

Enterprise Requirements for Petabyte-scale File Data Management

When it comes to selecting a file storage system to support these demanding workloads, enterprises seek solutions which offer:

  • Simple management
  • Visibility into bandwidth, latency, and capacity utilization
  • Scalability to consolidate many workloads
  • Simple incremental scalability
  • Flexible deployment options
  • Hybrid cloud integration

Comparing Dell EMC Isilon and Qumulo Hybrid File Software on HPE Apollo

The Dell EMC Isilon storage family has a long history in enterprise storage. Thus, Isilon has an extensive set of integrations and a robust partner ecosystem. Isilon can provide many petabytes of file storage capacity, along with essential data protection features, including replication and space-efficient snapshots. Isilon also supports cross-protocol file locking for NFS and SMB, integration with direc­tory services, and broad integration with automation frameworks.
Several of the key leaders that created Isilon founded Qumulo in 2012. As its name implies, the Qumulo hybrid file system runs natively in the cloud. Qumulo provides all of the capabilities listed above, plus high-performance file services for trillions of files in multi-petabyte data sets. This is true on-premises, natively in the public cloud, and as a system that scales across on-premises and public cloud environments

DCIG Competitive Intelligence Report and Webinar

Both Isilon and Qumulo fulfill a wide range of enterprise file service requirements but in different ways. DCIG recently developed a competitive intelligence report comparing Dell EMC Isilon with Qumulo Hybrid File Software on HPE Apollo storage. The report examines the solutions based on the new enterprise requirements listed above.
DCIG and Qumulo will host a webinar covering the findings of this research report on May 21, 2020, at 11:00 am CST/5:00 pm GMT. Click here to register for the webinar. Webinar participants will receive a complimentary copy of the four-page “Qumulo’s Hybrid File Software on HPE Apollo 4000 Systems vs. Dell EMC Isilon” DCIG Competitive Intelligence Report.
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