Fluid Data Reduction for FluidFS
Dell’s Fluid File System (FluidFS) v3 adds Fluid Data Reduction (FDR) to its technologically advanced scale-out NAS solution. Fluid Data Reduction integrates block-level data deduplication and compression technology into the file system structure. This implementation provides an excellent balance between storage efficiency and operational overhead. FluidFS is a virtual file system architecture, where each “NAS volume” is an allocation of system resources, including file system space. Thus, FDR is capable of deduplicating data across NAS volumes, reducing redundant data written to multiple files systems. Further, FDR is architected to take advantage of the scale-out hardware architecture of FluidFS, as additional controllers are deployed in the cluster; additional resources are available for managing the reduction workload.