IBM is recognized by Gartner as a Leader in the 2020 Primary Storage Magic Quadrant for the 13th consecutive time

By | 3 minute read | December 3, 2020

IBM has been named a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Primary Storage Magic Quadrant for its ability to execute and completeness of vision and for providing advanced solutions to accelerate performance, expand security and strengthen public cloud affinity. This is the 13th report[1] in a row that Gartner has bestowed the Leader recognition on IBM.

The Gartner report evaluated two solutions from IBM: IBM FlashSystem all-flash and hybrid flash array portfolio and IBM high-end DS8900F all-flash array offerings.

IBM FlashSystem

IBM has simplified and consolidated its primary storage portfolio under FlashSystem. The new family provides powerful all-flash and hybrid-flash solutions for all non-mainframe environments, offering feature-rich, cost-effective, enterprise-class storage.

IBM FlashSystem family is efficient, high-performing virtualized storage designed to meet the full range of enterprise class data services across entry to mid-range to high-end requirements. These can be seamlessly extended to your hybrid cloud deployments while reducing CAPEX, OPEX, and complexity.  The family is based on a common storage software platform, award-winning IBM Spectrum Virtualize, that works across all deployment types: from data centers to containers, and also supports clients’ entire heterogenous multi-vendor storage to efficiently meet the challenges of rapid data growth and constrained IT budgets.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize capabilities can extend a wide range of enterprise class data services to more than 500 heterogeneous storage systems, dramatically reducing costs while increasing ROI. Additional advanced features include “six-nines” high availability, data migration, thin provisioning, SCSI UNMAP, and the virtualization of external storage for non-IBM storage arrays.

“IBM’s FlashSystem announcement is a transformational change for the storage market. By combining multiple award-winning solutions into one family, IBM is not only protecting existing customers’ investments, but they are providing strong innovation into the future. FlashSystem creates a highly scalable, incredibly adaptable, flexible and seamless solution from entry level to high end, extending to our clients’ hybrid multicloud environments. And since it is predominately a channel-based family, it is extremely well suited to the partner environment. I think it’s a win-win for both customers and partners.” – Bob Elliot, Vice President, Storage Sales, Mainline Information Systems


To get the most out of hybrid cloud, organizations need cloud-native storage that is designed to match the mission-critical capabilities of IBM Z, LinuxONE and Power enterprise servers. IBM DS8900F combines unique enterprise advance functions that provide the fastest, most reliable and secure storage solution for high-speed transactional processes, business intelligence and container-based applications. In addition, IBM DS8900F helps to protect hybrid cloud environments by encrypting 100% percent of the data while significantly reducing the risk of business disruption and financial losses due to user errors, malicious destruction or ransomware attacks with IBM Safeguarded Copy technology. And of course, because container support is a must, IBM DS8900F supports IBM Cloud® Pak™ solutions to enhance and extend the functionality and capabilities of Red Hat OpenShift to give organizations a faster, more secure way to deploy and maintain cloud-native applications.

“The basic mainframe approach to data processing fits exceptionally well with modern workloads such as artificial intelligence and real-time analytics. We see a strong future for mainframe deployment and sales. This means that we must provide our clients with complementary data storage solutions that offer equal levels of performance, reliability, and security. IBM DS8900F and TS7700 VTL systems fill the bill perfectly.” – Mark Tansey, Storage Solutions Sales Director, Vicom Infinity

Once again, leading industry observers remind our customers, business partners, and the public why both IBM solutions have been recognized in the Magic Quadrant report. You can read a copy of the Gartner report here.  

>> To learn more about IBM FlashSystem and DS8900F, click here.

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage Arrays, 30 November 2020, Santhosh Rao | Roger W. Cox | Joseph Unsworth | Jeff Vogel

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[1] 2 reports: 2019-2020 – Gartner Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage (current report published December 2020) 6 reports: 2016-2018 – Gartner Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays (current report published November 2018) 5 reports: 2016- 2018 – Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid State Arrays