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Qumulo in GCP: Deploy a Cloud Cluster


Outlines how to deploy a Qumulo cluster in GCP


  • Google Cloud Platform (GCP) account
  • Google Deployment Manager API enabled
  • GCP account limits large enough for the instances and volumes desired
  • An SSH key-pair for accessing Qumulo instances via SSH
  • Google Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) with at least one subnet configured in the target region
    • Instances on the subnet must be able to access the internet (for example, via a NAT gateway) to support Qumulo's Cloud-based Monitoring

NOTE: Modifying the type or size of the volumes in the Google Marketplace listing will render the software not functional. Please use the default volume configuration available.


  1. Log in to the GCP Marketplace.
  2. Navigate to the Qumulo Listing.
  3. Select the Instance Type you wish to launch and click Launch on Compute Engine.


  4. Fill in the following fields:


    Deployment name: input the name of your deployment 

    • Deployment name can only contain lowercase characters, numbers or dashes.
    • Name must start with a lowercase letter and cannot end with a dash.
    • The first 15 characters of the deployment name will be used to create a cluster name. If this does not produce a valid NetBIOS name, a default name will be used instead.
    • The cluster name can be changed after deployment through the Qumulo Web UI.

    Instance Count: Enter the number of nodes for the cloud cluster you wish to create

    Machine Type: Select the virtual machine type you for each node.

    Network: Select the appropriate network selection from the dropdown based on location.

    Subnetwork: Select the appropriate subnetwork option from the dropdown based on location.

    Public SSH Key: Copy and paste your public SSH key into this field.

    Optional configuration settings:

    • Check the box to Automatically cluster your instances to automatically form a Qumulo cluster in your VPC with the deployed instances.
    • Check the Protect your Qumulo instances from accidental deletion box to enable deletion protection (Protection=true) and disable auto-deletes (autoDelete=false) for the attached volumes.
  5.  Click Deploy. 


Once complete, your instance is ready for access via REST, NFS, and SMB using the temporary password provided under Admin password (Temporary). Use the Visit the UI link provided in the Outputs section of the Details view to access the Qumulo Admin Console using admin as the user name and the temporary password provided. Note that the same IP address can be used for NFS or SMB client mount points and REST.

IMPORTANT! It is not recommended to run a Qumulo cluster in GCP for production data without a replication or backup strategy.

Access the Qumulo Core Web UI

In a browser window, enter https:// followed by the Private IP address of the instance listing for any node on the existing cluster.


Note: Qumulo is configured with a self-signed certificate by default which may cause your browser to display a warning. This is normal behavior. A custom certificate can be installed at a later time to avoid the warning if needed. At the warning, select ADVANCED and click Proceed to continue.


Login to the Qumulo Core Web UI with the username admin and the temporary password provided.

IMPORTANT! We highly recommend changing the temporary password by logging into the Qumulo Admin Console, hovering over admin and clicking Change password.



You should now be able to successfully deploy an Qumulo cluster in GCP


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