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Dell boosts scale-out NAS FS8600 and Fluid File System to v4

Dell beefs up hardware on its scale-out NAS FS8600, which can scale to four nodes in a cluster and a 4PB namespace with an upgrade

Dell has upgraded its Fluid File System operating system (OS) to version 4.0. 

This version of the scale-out NAS file system comes with Dell’s revamped FS8600 (pictured) box, which now can scale to four nodes in a cluster, and with Fluid File System V4 can expand to double its previous capacity with a single namespace of up to 4PB.

The FS8600 hardware comes with more RAM, boosted to 48GB per controller, a claimed near-500,000 IOPS performance, throughput of 11.9GBps, and increased protocol support, including SMB 3.0 and NFS 4/4.1, plus IPv6 networking.

The FS8600 – which is populated with SAS spinning disk and flash drives – shares back-end infrastructure with Dell’s Compellent block storage arrays, on which it acts as a NAS head but is also able to leverage Compellent Storage Center features such as automated storage tiering, thin provisioning and CoPilot support.

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Scale-out NAS into the mainstream

Dell’s Fluid File System is a scale-out NAS file system, based on the scalable NAS technology Dell acquired with Exanet in 2010. Among scale-out NAS offerings Dell’s is aimed at the mid-range end of the market, with products from EMC, IBM, HP, Hitachi Data Systems and NetApp all scaling into the tens of petabytes.

Scale-out NAS storage has become mainstream in recent years, and has overhauled traditional NAS, which was hamstrung by a lack of visibility or movement of data between NAS boxes and with a file system that is limited in the number of files it can handle.

By contrast, scale-out NAS allows nodes to be added, scaling capacity and/or performance, and usually with a parallel file system that scales to billions of objects.

Scale-out NAS is particularly suited to archiving and backup, general purpose file serving and high performance computing (HPC) file sharing. Verticals that use scale-out NAS include media, financial services, life sciences, cloud computing, utilities, and web-based applications and services.

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