IBM Storage a “Leader” in 2019 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage – again

By | 4 minute read | October 7, 2019

For the fourth year in a row, IBM has been recognized as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage for both its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the data-driven scale-out storage market for unstructured data. Gartner’s report evaluated two solutions in IBM’s suite of software-defined storage, IBM Cloud Object Storage and IBM Spectrum Scale.

Our solutions are helping our customers transform their storage by leveraging the flexibility of our software-defined architectures and our unique capabilities. Reliability and availability of data along with performance and superior scalability of our products are some of the key reasons customers are choosing IBM storage. IBM Cloud Object Storage and IBM Spectrum Scale are both critical components of IBM’s Storage for AI and Big Data portfolio and scale to massive capacities with unique value for growing data requirements.

The release of this report comes a few months after IBM’s recent announcement of the new IBM Cloud Object Storage Gen2 storage solutions with improved economics performance and capacity. IBM has made object storage much more accessible for clients with different size workload requirements and currently has customers that span from TBs to over 1 EB of storage in a single cluster.  IBM supports online upgrades and investment protection of resources with support of mixed hardware configurations that save money without forklift upgrades.  IBM customers love the DevOps-friendly object storage environment that supports both private and public cloud deployments.

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With the recent integration of IBM Spectrum Discover with IBM Cloud Object Storage and IBM Spectrum Scale a modern solution for big data and AI insight, classification, and metadata management can easily be created.

“By 2024, enterprises will triple their unstructured data stored as file or object storage from what they have in 2019.” – GARTNER

Today, as companies transform to include innovations such as hybrid cloud, multicloud, containers and storage for AI, big data and analytics, there is an explosive growth of content and a demand for more and more data storage. With the market for scale-out storage growing with no end in sight, IBM is well-positioned to address customer demand with two of the leading unstructured data solutions in the market.

IBM Spectrum Scale

IBM Spectrum Scale is an enterprise-grade parallel file system that delivers highly scalable software-defined storage capacity and supreme performance for mission-critical data analytics and technical computing workloads in large, demanding environments.  With its parallel file system IBM Spectrum Scale remains a top choice for HPC use cases. IBM Spectrum Scale multi-protocol file access allows clients to transparently unify storage silos within a single namespace, including support for Hadoop environments and HDFS without requiring any changes to applications. The solution provides automated policy-based placement and migration of data across flash, disk, tape and cloud storage, allowing clients to balance performance and cost.

ibm spectrum scale parallel file system

IBM Spectrum Scale has been meeting client storage management needs with peerless reliability for almost twenty years. As Chris MacPhee, Operations Manager at the Queen’s University Centre for Advanced Computing in Kingston, Ontario, Canada notes:

“Availability and reliability are key at CAC. Bedside monitors, ground-breaking experiments, international collaboration portals – stopping the data flow is not an option. We needed a software-defined storage solution we could trust. IBM Spectrum Scale delivered.”

IBM Cloud Object Storage System

The on-premises IBM Cloud Object Storage System is a breakthrough platform for storing large amounts of unstructured data. It is designed to provide scalability, availability, security and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).  It is available as an integrated storage system or as a software-only solution.  In addition, IBM Cloud Object Storage is available as a public cloud service in the IBM Cloud. IBM Cloud Object Storage is ideal for consolidating multiple remote file servers or keeping backup or archive data online and ready for use with less cost than primary storage. Customers can start with as few as three commodity X86 server nodes or as little as 72TB of useable storage and grow to petabytes or even exabytes with a simplified architecture. With IBM’s industry leading object storage platform, you can select the best configuration and approach to address the unique application, data and workload requirements for your business. The platform is backed by over 800 patents and leverageable by current and new modern applications such as AI and big data workloads, containers, micro services and cloud-native applications. IBM Cloud Object Storage is ready now and built for the future.

You can read a copy of the Gartner report here.

Disclaimer: Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage, ID: G00376728 Analyst(s): Julia Palmer, Raj Bala, Chandra Mukhyala, September 30, 2019.

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