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Quobyte is Advancing the Future of Storage with it’s 3.0 Version

By  Björn Kolbeck  on  

We recently announced the availability of our latest Quobyte release, version 3.0, which comes with tons of new features. This blog will provide a quick overview of the new features. There will be more blog posts about individual new features in the coming weeks, so watch this space. 

At Quobyte, we have a different way of doing storage – it has traditionally been appliance-based but we believe that storage should be pure software. Our vision for storage is threefold:

  • Deploy Anywhere™ – We built Quobyte around the idea of deploy anywhere. You can download our software and run it on almost any x86 server, on the public clouds, or also in containers like any other application.
  • Unlimited Performance – This is based on the scale-out approach that tech giants and HPC use. The idea is to have an architecture that doesn’t have bottlenecks and allows you to double your hardware to get twice the performance. It’s as simple as that.
  • Unconditional Simplicity – We believe that a Linux admin should be able to install and run a storage system, you shouldn’t need a Ph.D. in storage appliances. When storage is software, as Quobyte is, everyone is able to just download and start using it.


With Quobyte 3.0, we continue to build on our legacy and experience by enhancing features that fully support storage for generation scale-out. Developers, data scientists, and site reliability engineers have embraced scale-out architectures. Users have become accustomed to using applications as though they are cloud-native. We have answered these expectations and preferences with a new version of our distributed file system that addresses this paradigm shift while still providing the data protection and advanced security features that customers need.


The first part of our announcement is the Quobyte Free Edition, it includes 150 TB HDD + 30 TB SSD or 10 TB on the cloud. It comes with full file system functionality plus S3 in the same namespace, which enables users to access files from the Linux mount and download them as an object or upload object via S3 and then modify them as a file. We have added full Kubernetes support, making it simply just another application on your Kubernetes cluster. In addition, the free version also includes the full set of native drivers, for example, Hadoop, Tensorflow, MPI-IO. Lastly, this version is 100% free – even for production. 

See how easy you can install the Quobyte 3.0 Free Edition in a few minutes, below.

The second part of our announcement is the 3.0 version of Quobyte, it comes with a focus on 360 security, Policy Engine, a new web UI, and Auto File Layout. Let’s discuss them briefly:

  1. 360 Security – Quobyte is committed to creating a secure storage infrastructure for the generation scale-out. True end-to-end data encryption offers the highest level of data protection from unauthorized access. Our holistic cybersecurity strategy aligns your storage infrastructure with the rest of your security posture.
  2. Policy-Based Data Management – The Quobyte file system gives you complete control when you want it and automates the rest. Administrators can use either the web console GUI or CLI tooling to set policies for data storage, replication, and other features across the entire cluster. By making this process instant, simple, and easily re-configurable, you can rapidly adapt to changing business, user, and workload requirements.
  3. A new web UI – The new web console has seen a big improvement from its predecessor, not just from a visual standpoint, but also from a usability standpoint. Based on the experience we collected from our users, we made sure that things are more unified, feel more common when you use them and it’s easier to find the different options in the web console.
  4. Auto file layout – This feature is particularly exciting for admins that have a lot of different workouts on their clusters. Quobyte automatically takes the first part of a file and uses replication to install them on Flash. As the file is appended, it switches to erasure coding and puts the rest of the file on hard drives – all happening on the fly without needing any information about the size of the file or the type. That’s also why the free edition comes with a mix of Flash and hard drive, so you can run small and large file workloads on the same cluster.

To watch the full webinar from the launch of Quobyte 3.0, click here.

To get started with Quobyte, click here.

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Björn is Quobyte’s co-founder and CEO.