NAS products for technical enterprise and research environments must deliver fast time to results and efficiently and linearly scale to extremely high levels of aggregate performance. While performance is critical, performance that comes at the expense of manageability can hamper workflows and impact productivity. For example, legacy NAS creates islands of storage making it unmanageable and costly. Some scalable NAS products use clustering to improve manageability, but cluster overhead and serial file processing in the data path can bottleneck performance. Finally, reliability and availability at scale is critical to workflows as hard drive failures occur directly in proportion to the number of hard drives in the system.