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Distributed File System
IndustrySoftware Defined Storage
Founded2013; 9 years ago (2013)
  • Felix Hupfeld
  • Björn Kolbeck
HeadquartersSanta Clara, California
Number of locations

Quobyte, is a cloud-based software defined storage company founded by Felix Hupfeld and Björn Kolbeck.[1] Launched in 2013 it is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with operations in two other locations.[2] Quobyte specializes in turning commodity servers into a unified, high-performance, scalable software storage system.[3][4]

Quobyte is based on the latest distributed systems technology and runs on commodity Linux servers.[5] It is designed to help the users efficiently manage with the rapidly evolving complexity of storage infrastructure, allowing them to scale their businesses.[6][7]


Quobyte was established with the aim of simplifying the process of enterprise data storage.[8] The software was developed by former Google engineers, Felix Hupfeld and Björn Kolbeck, who previously worked on the development of XtreemFS, a distributed file system. The idea was to develop such a software storage system that is self-managing, reliable, and scalable, which came through in 2013 with the launch of Quobyte.[9][10]

Quobyte is a user-space application that runs on commodity Linux servers with hard discs and/or flash devices.[11] The servers' Quobyte services connect with each other and with the clients across an IP network (v4 and v6 both supported).[12] It uses quorum replication or erasure coding to secure data and ensure availability. It can be accessed via native clients, user-space plugins for Hadoop or TensorFlow (kernel bypass), or gateways for Object/S3 or NFS. Quobyte also offers a free Edition that has 150TBs of capacity.[13][14][15]

Products and services

Quobyte facilitates a vast range of services for:

  • High-performance computing: The Quobyte makes storage management easier by eliminating data silos and wasteful storage space, and eradicating performance limits. It also delivers 24/7 functionality and is hyper scalable.
  • Machine Learning and AI: Quobyte improves AI productivity by providing enough storage for a seamless operation. It optimizes the TensorFlow plugin to reduce latency and CPU burden, ensuring great GPU performance.
  • Enterprise Analytics and Big Data: Quobyte makes managing enormous amounts of data storage simple and scalable, allowing big data analytic workloads like Hadoop and Spark to run smoothly.
  • Kubernetes and Container Infrastructures: Quobyte’s distributed file system also integrates with Kubernetes and provides container-native storage, as well as meeting the needs of modern enterprise IT infrastructures and workloads.
  • Financial Services: Quobyte also facilitates high-performance storage for financial modeling and backtesting.
  • Media and Entertainment: Quobyte can also be leveraged by the media and entertainment industry, where people can use it to store data from post-production, VFX, Playout, Streaming, and CDN Origin Storage.

Apart from that, Quobyte also offers its services to the Life Sciences and IT as well as Low-Latency Storage for OpenStack and several other industries.


Quobyte is backed by four different investors. The most recent investors are Samsung Catalyst Fund and ALSTIN Capital.[16]


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  5. "Quobyte Assigned Patent". StorageNewsletter. 16 January 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  6. Mellor, Chris (13 October 2020). "Lose the 36-year-old: Quobyte pushes folks to ditch NFS for its 'secure' scale-out, self-service, policy-driven software". Blocks and Files. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
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  8. Mellor, Chris (10 August 2020). "Quobyte storage software takes a bite at HPC and machine learning". Blocks and Files. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  9. Morgan, Timothy Prickett (13 October 2020). "It Takes Geological Patience To Change Datacenter Storage". The Next Platform. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  10. "Checksums in Storage Systems and Why the Enterprise Should Care - DZone Performance". dzone.com. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  11. "File system software startup Quobyte chases IT, developers". SearchStorage. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  12. Kovar, Joseph F. (13 October 2020). "Quobyte Goes Big On Security With New File System, Offers Free Edition". CRN. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  13. Hemsoth, Nicole (22 July 2021). "Getting Hadoop to Jump Through AI/ML Hoops". The Next Platform. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  14. Whiting, Rick (24 July 2019). "Emerging Storage Vendors To Know In 2019". CRN. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  15. Harris, Robin. "Quobyte's TensorFlow plug-in speeds machine learning". ZDNet. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  16. Mellor, Chris. "Linux kernel-bypassing Quobyte plug-in goes with the TensorFlow for faster file access". www.theregister.com. Retrieved 15 January 2022.

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