UPDATED 14:26 EST / JUNE 25 2019

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Qumulo debuts new flash systems, storage analytics features

Kleiner Perkins-backed storage startup Qumulo Inc. today pulled back the curtains on three new flash systems for enterprise data centers, plus software enhancements aimed at streamlining management operations.

Seattle-based Qumulo describes itself as a provider of hybrid cloud file storage. The startup’s flagship product is a data management platform that enables companies to keep upwards of a billion records in a single storage environment. The software can run in the cloud and also comes pre-installed with arrays sold by Qumulo.

The newly introduced flash systems bolster that hardware lineup. They’re headlined by the P-184T, a two-rack-unit array with 184 terabytes of solid-state memory that Qumulo’s software can turn into up to 7.25 petabytes of usable capacity. It’s geared toward use cases such as high-performance computing that depend on the ability to access and edit records rapidly.

The two other systems, the C-168T and K-168T, target applications with more modest performance needs. They have practically identical specifications: The arrays combine 3.84 terabytes of flash storage with 168 terabytes worth of disk drives in a one-rack-unit form factor. Qumulo said that the C-168T focuses on general-purpose workloads, while the K-168T is built to support data archives such as scientific research repositories.

Expanding its hardware lineup isn’t the only item Qumulo ticked off its checklist today. The startup also released new software features that aim to give storage administrators a deeper understanding of their deployments.

Qumulo’s data management platform now provides real-time information on how storage capacity is used, as well as insight into when utilization spikes happen and their size. The software breaks down activity all the way down to specific operations. A new tool called Audit enables administrators to trace actions such as file deletions, writes and configuration changes to the specific user responsible.

Companies that rely on Qumulo’s P-series systems, including the latest P-184T, will also see a performance boost on top of everything else. The startup has made a number of enhancements that it claims will provide an up to 40% increase in the speed at which data can be written to storage.

Qumulo’s development roadmap is supported by the more than $220 million it has received from investors to date. The startup most recently raised capital last June, when it closed a $93 million round led by BlackRock Inc. 

Photo: Qumulo

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