Dell's Fluid Data Architecture vs NetApp's Scale Out Technology

A core tenet of Dell's Fluid Data Architecture is peer scaling; the ability to grow easily and transparently as the customers' workload demands increase. FluidFS can provide performance scaling by adding controllers to the cluster, and customers can grow capacity by adding SAN arrays. The advanced clustering model of FluidFS allows for namespace ownership to be allocated across cluster members without the need for central metadata or "housekeeping" server. But these mechanics are transparent to the clients because FluidFS provides a single virtual IP address (VIP) and provides native load balancing for distribution of client requests across the cluster. To-date, up to 8 controllers in a cluster have been certified, which, when outfitted with 10G LAN uplinks, can stream data at near-HPC rates.

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