Qumulo Announces Azure Native Qumulo and Scale Anywhere Platform

Qumulo Announces Azure Native Qumulo and Scale Anywhere Platform

The News: Qumulo announced its new edge-to-core-to-cloud strategy, called Scale Anywhere. The Scale Anywhere platform consists of unified data and control planes, a unified licensing program, and notably, a new cloud offering, Azure Native Qumulo. Read the full press release on the Qumulo website.

Qumulo Announces Azure Native Qumulo and Scale Anywhere Platform

Analyst Take: Qumulo announced a new strategy that spans from edge to core to cloud called the Qumulo Scale Anywhere platform. The platform enables simple management and highly scalable unstructured data storage leveraging Qumulo software both on-premises and in the cloud, including a new Azure cloud service.

At the core of this announcement is Azure Native Qumulo (ANQ), a new managed service jointly developed by Microsoft and Qumulo. The ANQ solution provides the performance, scalability, and feature set of Qumulo software in a new, simple cloud model. ANQ features a low-cost cloud pricing model based on only two components: capacity used and throughput. The service provides a flexible solution that is capable of scaling as needed, including scaling performance separately from compute.

In addition to ANQ, the Scale Anywhere platform consists of the Qumulo Global Namespace (Q-GNS) data plane, Nexus unified control plane, and Qumulo One unified licensing model. Q-GNS truly provides the “anywhere” in the Scale Anywhere platform, allowing organizations to access their data from any location, across their edge, core, and cloud environments. The Nexus control plane provides a management tool to monitor usage and performance information across the entire Qumulo data environment. Finally, the Qumulo One licensing program unifies Qumulo storage across a hybrid multicloud environment under a single contract with a single price menu and a single tiered discount plan.

The announcement from Qumulo shows a well thought out strategy for large-scale unstructured data. Unstructured data is growing at a rapid pace and is increasingly spread out between data centers, clouds, and the edge. For many emerging unstructured data workloads, such as AI, the performance of this data needs to be prioritized. Managing this data at scale, while maintaining performance and a reasonable cost is a major challenge. Qumulo’s Scale Anywhere platform helps address these challenges by providing a single solution that can address unstructured data needs at all locations. Qumulo’s software is fully capable of handling large-scale capacity and performance needs, and it provides greater flexibility to do so across a full hybrid multicloud environment. The addition of ANQ provides great flexibility to leverage the public cloud for these large unstructured data sets while not being prohibited by either cost or performance as many other cloud solutions may be. The Qumulo Scale Anywhere platform introduces a new, attractive cloud service offering, while providing the management and tooling to integrate the service into a broader Qumulo-based hybrid cloud solution.

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Mitch comes to The Futurum Group through the acquisition of the Evaluator Group and is focused on the fast-paced and rapidly evolving areas of cloud computing and data storage. Mitch joined Evaluator Group in 2019 as a Research Associate covering numerous storage technologies and emerging IT trends.

With a passion for all things tech, Mitch brings deep technical knowledge and insight to The Futurum Group’s research by highlighting the latest in data center and information management solutions. Mitch’s coverage has spanned topics including primary and secondary storage, private and public clouds, networking fabrics, and more. With ever changing data technologies and rapidly emerging trends in today’s digital world, Mitch provides valuable insights into the IT landscape for enterprises, IT professionals, and technology enthusiasts alike.


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