Recently FluidFS v5 for the FS8600 was released by Dell engineering to coincide with SCOS 6.7 for Dell Storage SC series. FluidFS has come along in leaps and bounds in the last few years, VAAI support, SMB3, advanced quota management and scale out to support 4PB in a single share.
Improved scalability with a single Global Namespace
Global Namespace uses folder redirections. You saw before that a single FS8600 cluster can support up to 4PB. With the GN functionality, you can have multiple FS8600 systems look like one massive system, multi 10s of PB. Very attractive especially when you consider that FluidFS isn’t an all-inclusive license, there is no capacity license so it can grow as much as you want. GN works with SMB2, SMB3, & NFS4.x.
- System 1 \\cluster1\mainshare
- System 2 \\cluster1\mainshare\archive
- System 3 \\cluster1\mainshare\cctv
- System 4 \\cluster1\mainshare\remotesite1 (witht SMB branchcache)
The systems above don’t all have to have the same backends. One system could be all flash, one could be optimised for CCTV streaming. Like I mentioned, it’s configurable based on your workload.
Data governance and security improvements
FluidFS v5 bring support for advanced auditing, access violations, ownership changes etc. Great for extra security and compliance. At the moment (Feb 2016) only Quest Change Auditor is supported but there are more coming in next few months.
Powershell and REST API support
Very useful, especially once you start getting into large deployments. You can script day to day activities like provisioning shares, snapshots, and also monitoring features for reporting.
Additional enhancements are FTP support, replication throttling, SMB branchcache and 2-way NDMP over FC.