Azure FXT Edge Filer

Hybrid storage optimization solution for HPC environments

Build hybrid storage ready for performance

Create cloud-integrated hybrid storage that works with your existing network-attached storage (NAS) and Azure Blob Storage. This on-premises caching appliance optimizes access to data in your datacenter, in Azure, or across a wide-area network (WAN). A combination of software and hardware, Azure FXT Edge Filer Preview delivers high throughput and low latency for hybrid storage infrastructure supporting high-performance computing (HPC) workloads.

Available in two models to fit performance and capacity needs, and scalable to 24 nodes as demand grows

High-performance DRAM for faster access to data, and large SSD cache sizes to support big data workloads

Single mountpoint for simplified management across heterogeneous storage

Support for multiple protocols and vendors, including NFSv3, SMBv2, NetApp, Dell EMC Isilon, Azure Blob Storage, and Amazon S3

Get massive NAS performance scaling

Scale-out clustering provides non-disruptive NAS performance scaling. Join up to 24 FXT nodes per cluster to scale to millions of IOPS and hundreds of GB/s. When you need performance and scale in file-based workloads, Azure FXT Edge Filer keeps your data on the fastest path to processing resources.

Keep aging data accessible with an active archive

Managing data storage is easy with Azure FXT Edge Filer. Shift aging data to Azure Blob Storage to keep it easily accessible with minimal latency. Balance on-premises and cloud storage. Access important research and content without long retrieval times, even after peak periods.

Hide WAN latency and accelerate access to important data

Access low-latency data at remote sites without compromising the simplicity of managing centralized data. Retrieve files quickly while backup, mirroring, and other data-protection activities run seamlessly in the core datacenter.

6600 model

  • Highest performance, largest cache
  • Specifications per node:
    • 1,536 GB DRAM
    • 25.6 TB SSD
    • 6 x 25/10 gigabits + 2 x 1 gigabit network ports
    • Minimum three-node cluster
    • Uses AES-256 encryption

6400 model

  • High performance, large cache
  • Specifications per node:
    • 768 GB DRAM
    • 12.8 TB SSD
    • 6 x 25/10 gigabits + 2 x 1 gigabit network ports
    • Minimum three-node cluster
    • Uses AES-256 encryption

Extend your hybrid storage to the cloud

Expand NAS arrays to Azure while adding a performance tier that accelerates access to files. The WAN caching appliance nestles close to your on-premises compute and minimizes network latency for heavy read workloads stored in NAS or Azure Blob Storage.

Upgrade from Avere FXT Edge Filer

Azure FXT Edge Filer offers higher performance, increased capacity, and more network expandability than the Avere FXT Edge Filer 5000 Series models. Expand your existing Avere clusters or upgrade your Avere models to get hardware built by Dell EMC and stellar hybrid storage optimization.

Frequently asked questions about Azure FXT Edge Filer

  • Azure FXT Edge Filer is a combination of software and hardware. It provides an on-premises cache to accelerate access to network-attached storage and to connect on-premises environments to Azure storage.
  • Azure FXT Edge Filer offers higher performance, increased capacity, and better reliability. Dell EMC now builds the appliances, which also offer improved specifications and easier access to Azure Blob Storage.
  • Upon general availability, Azure FXT Edge Filer will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, India, and Taiwan. More will be added in the following months.
  • No. Microsoft sells the software, and a system integrator sells the hardware. Azure FXT Edge Filer is an integrated appliance, with the software loaded on the servers.
  • Contact the Microsoft HPC team. After the product is generally available, they’ll validate your use case, architecture, and expectations, and help you order, install, and deploy the solution with a systems integration partner.
  • Contact your Microsoft representative for details.

Boost hybrid storage performance with Azure FXT Edge Filer

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