Lightboard Video: What is the Next Generation of NAS?

Unstructured data continues to grow unabated and traditional network attached storage (NAS) systems simply can’t keep pace. These systems are often cloud ignorant, can’t deal with the growing population of small file workloads and provide almost no insight into the data they manage. Qumulo is out to change all that with their “scale-across” NAS architecture. Join George Crump, Founder and Lead Analyst at Storage Switzerland and Molly Presley, CMO at Qumulo in this Lightboard Video as we discuss six areas where Qumulo feels it has an advantage over traditional NAS systems.

Traditional NAS systems have very limited cloud support and if they support the cloud at all they only use it as a place to store a disaster recovery copy of data. The problem is these DR copies can’t actually leverage cloud compute to run the NAS as a cloud instance. Also the customer can’t leverage cloud compute and access the data to run analytics or modeling.

Another challenge for traditional NAS systems is their inability to handle small file workloads. Environments like artificial intelligence, machine learning and IoT all create and depend on million if not billions of small files. Traditional NAS systems get bogged down as file count increases and as a result customers are forced to add additional but separate NAS systems to manage the load.

Watch the video to learn how Qumulo takes full advantage of the cloud and how they manage small file workloads. In the video we also discuss four other shortcomings in traditional NAS systems that have customers searching for alternatives; vendor lock-in, lack of data insight, operational inefficiencies and painful customer support experiences.

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George Crump is the Chief Marketing Officer of StorONE. Prior to StorONE, George spent almost 14 years as the founder and lead analyst at Storage Switzerland, which StorONE acquired in March of 2020. In his spare time, he continues to write blogs on Storage Switzerland to educate IT professionals on all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought-after public speaker. With over 30 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS, SAN, Virtualization, Cloud, and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland, he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration, and product selection.

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