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BeeGFS Alternative and Comparison

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Scale-out workloads used to be the domain of high-performance computing (HPC). However, over the past couple of years scale-out workloads have arrived in the enterprise with applications like machine learning or big data/analytics. Enterprise environments, and increasingly HPC users, require 24/7 availability of the storage system.

What is BeeGFS?

BeeGFS is an open-source, parallel file system that was envisioned to be an easier-to-use alternative to common HPC file systems. With a focus on high performance, BeeGFS followed the route of many HPC file systems and relegated redundancy and availability to dated hardware solutions like RAID controllers.

BeeGFS vs. Quobyte: How they compare

Quobyte is a parallel distributed file system that stores data and metadata redundantly across machines to provide scale-out high performance with high availability and automatic failover. Unlike BeeGFS, Quobyte does not require downtime when a machine or disk fails. All tasks like updates or re-configuration are non-disruptive.

In addition, Quobyte is a software-defined storage platform that comes with a range of features not found in BeeGFS. These features enable you to consolidate multiple storage applications on the same cluster (hardware isolation, policy-based placement). Also, features such as multi-tenancy, oversubscription, and tiering, enable you to do storage as a service for multiple groups or departments. Additionally, with Quobyte you can deploy anywhere- any server, public cloud, as well as the cost-effective combination of flash and HDD, even within the same file.

BeeGFSQuobyte
TypeParallel File SystemParallel File System
Data protectionhardware RAID within node  software RAID-0 across nodes with potential split brainsplit-brain safe synchronous replication or erasure coding across machines, racks, or data centers
Space efficient erasure coding for filesnoyes
Snapshotsnoyes
Combination of flash and HDDonly as poolspools or automatically for small files and within files
End-to-end checksums for data integritynoyes
ClientsLinuxLinux, Windows, macOS Hadoop/HDFS
Non-disruptive upgradesnoyes
Non-disruptive data movement (e.g. drain)noyes
Non-disruptive and automatic rebalancingnoyes (configurable, not mandatory)
Policy-based data managementnoyes
Tieringyes, manualyes, automatic
ACLsyesyes
Object Storage (S3)noyes (same namespace as file system)
Multi-tenancynoyes
End-to-end data encryptionnoyes
TLSnoyes, configurable per network
X.509 certificates for authentication with untrusted clientsnoyes

More Efficient Storage With Quobyte

Quobyte combines high performance with exceptional reliability. You can serve multiple HPC storage types from the same Quobyte cluster, such as home directories and scratch, reducing your cost and storage administration overhead.

With the policy-based data placement, you can easily implement hardware and performance isolation for the different storage types, e.g. to ensure home volumes are not impacted by IO-heavy jobs that access scratch storage.

Unlike BeeGFS, Quobyte provides unified access to files from a range of interfaces including native drivers for Windows, HDFS, and S3. Object/S3 and file system access the same namespace, i.e. a file system can be shared externally via the S3 interface.

Find out how Quobyte scales capacity and performance by downloading and installing the Quobyte Free Edition.

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