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NAB: Qumulo Expands Cloud-Native File Storage Offerings

With CloudStudio and CloudContinuity, and support for cloud-native, distributed hybrid file system on Google Cloud Platform

Qumulo, Inc. announced an expansion of its cloud portfolio, including two new products – CloudStudio and CloudContinuity – as well as support for Qumulo’s cloud-native, distributed hybrid file system on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

 According to Allied Market Research, the global cloud storage market size is estimated to reach more than $97 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 24.8%.

“File data is the engine of innovation. The faster that innovative organizations can create, store, analyze and share their data on-prem and in the public cloud, the faster they can accelerate winning business strategies,” said Bill Richter, president and CEO, Qumulo.

These announcement includes the following elements: 

  • Google Cloud Platform Support: Qumulo has partnered with Google to support its hybrid cloud file system on GCP and on the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace. Enterprises will be able to take advantage of the elastic compute resources, operational agility, and advanced services that Google’s public cloud offers.

    With the addition of the GCP, the cimpany is able to provide multicloud platform support, making it easy for users to store, manage, and access their data, workloads and applications in both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and GCP. It also enables data replication between clouds for migration or multi-copy requirements.

  • CloudStudio: Media and entertainment organizations of any size can scale production into the public cloud with CloudStudio that securely moves traditionally on-prem workspaces, including desktops, applications, and data, to the public cloud on both the AWS and GCP platforms. 

    Firm’s file storage software is the same on-prem or in the cloud, making the transition seamless and easy, eliminating the need to reconfigure applications or retrain users. 

    For example, CloudStudio allows creative agencies, post-production studios, broadcasters, and visual effects studios to more efficiently work on editorial projects such as creative content development, rendering, and production by moving the necessary applications and data to the cloud. Studios can also better leverage resources and talent across time zones, and more effectively collaborate with globally-dispersed teams.

    CloudStudio can also help in the production of corporate video by allowing enterprises with in-house studios to leverage the power of the cloud. These businesses can gain efficiencies and cost savings by moving the data associated with developing and editing training videos, webinars, and other content services to the cloud. 

    One of the partners that has been an early supporter of CloudStudio is Teradici, the creator of PC-over-IP (PCoIP) remoting protocol technology and Cloud Access Software, newly augmented with PCoIP Ultra enhancements for graphics-intensive applications and content. Teradici and Qumulo will provide a joint demonstration of Qumulo CloudStudio at the NAB Show taking place in Las Vega, NE, on April 6-11.

  • CloudContinuity: Organizations need to ensure they have strategies in place for ongoing continuity of operations. Whether planning for a technology migration to the cloud, preparing for disaster recovery, or recovering lost files, CloudContinuity makes these efforts easier.

    This new offering enables users to have their data where they need it, when they need it. Users can automatically replicate their data from an on-prem Qumulo cluster to a Qumulo instance running in the cloud. Should a primary on-prem storage system experience a catastrophic failure, customers can redirect users and applications to the Qumulo cloud instance where they will have access to all of their data immediately. CloudContinuity also enables quick, automated fail-back to an on-prem cluster in DR scenarios. 

    Users have the option to keep their CloudContinuity instance running 24/7, or can programmatically turn it on before replication to reduce costs. 

    For a limited time, organizations that order any on-prem Qumulo storage cluster with a minimum subscription term of 36 months will receive a one-year matching capacity CloudContinuity software license at no charge. 

Qumulo Trusted by Leaders to Help Leverage Power of Cloud
Many organizations across multiple industries trust the company to help them take advantage of the cloud: 
  • Media and Entertainment: Film and animation studios depend on Qumulo’s hybrid cloud file storage. Visual effects studio FuseFX, Inc. uses Qumulo on AWS for its television comedy program The Tick, and other projects. The flexibility to use the cloud both for large-scale rendering and for storage helped FuseFX keep their commitments, accelerate production, and reduce the risk of downtime, which can occur with on-prem render farms.
  • Oil and Gas: As organizations in the oil and gas exploration industry seek to take advantage of the cloud, they are choosing technology providers in their journey that can serve as true, customer-focused partners. In February, Qumulo joined The Open Group Open Subsurface Data Universe (OSDU) Forum to help oil and gas operators realize the advantages of the cloud. 
  • Corporate Video: It has become mainstream for employee education, training, corporate communication, marketing and advertising campaigns, helping to improve overall communications and reduce costs. Firm’s hybrid cloud file storage meets the demands of corporate video content production and storage; providing an infrastructure employing flash-first technology which can handle tough 4K workloads, and limitless scalability to manage growing capacities and retention requirements.
  • Life Sciences: Organizations that want to move their genomic analysis workloads or research imaging to the cloud can take advantage of Qumulo’s multicloud platform support. Qumulo’s file system has the highest performance of any cloud offering, and is the only file storage system in the cloud with a full set of enterprise features, such as multi-protocol support and real-time visibility.

Bill Richter, president and CEO, Qumulo, said: “The cloud enables enterprises across all industries to unlock business opportunities by bringing agility and responsiveness to their organizations. Lifting workloads and data to the public cloud allows customers to better collaborate and manage data across regions, and across the world. Qumulo’s mission from day one has been to help our customers unleash the power of their file data, whether it is on-prem or in the cloud.”
Ryan McNeely, partner and creative director, VisualCreatures, said: “What made  CloudStudio so appealing to VisualCreatures is the opportunity to rapidly and seamlessly scale our editing, animation and VFX production to the cloud, so that we could continue to meet customer demand under incredibly tight deadlines. This could be a strong competitive advantage for a boutique studio like ours, because it allows us to continue our focus on producing great work for our clients and growing our business.”

David Smith, CEO, Teradici, said: “The CloudStudio creates a powerful, complete solution for customers. Together with Qumulo, Teradici can provide a clear and efficient path for organizations to move desktops, applications and data to the cloud, whether using AWS, Google Cloud Platform, or a combination of either with on-prem data centers.”

Qumulo has been available on AWS since 2017 and in the AWS Marketplace since 2018. CloudStudio and CloudContinuity are available in the AWS Marketplace, and will be available later this year in the GCP Marketplace. 

File Storage for the Public Cloud
• Demo Video: Host a virtual studio in the cloud with Qumulo
• Data Sheet: Qumulo for AWS
• Case Study: FuseFX: Our Journey to the Cloud
• Video interview: Get Off My Couch! – Storage for VFX with Jason Fotter of FuseFX
• Blog Post: Storage and hybrid cloud computing: The era of scale-across is here
• Blog Post: Migrating to the cloud: Choosing a cloud storage provider
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Qumulo continues to extend its platform coverage now with GCP and soon with Azure to offer a 'total' multicloud approach in addition to on-premises deployments. 

The product team has decided to give a name to its replication feature already available and picked CloudContinuity. This is what we name an AACR mode, meaning Automatic Asynchronous Continuous Replication. It supports 1-N and works at the directory level copying entire file with no yet deduplication or bidirectional capability.

The table below presents an update of file storage market offerings with support of AWS, GCP and Azure. Qumulo will join soon the small list of vendors who run on the three cloud service providers with a marketplace presence.

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