Feature spotlights

Provides extreme scalability

IBM Spectrum Scale is built from the ground up to scale performance and capacity with no bottlenecks, providing you with extreme scalability for data, metadata and flash.

Reduces storage costs

You can cut costs up to 90% with intelligent archiving and automatic policy-based storage tiering from flash through disk to tape.

Improves security and management efficiency

Colin Morey, system architect, explains how Hartree Centre uses the management efficiency capabilities of IBM Spectrum Scale to help connect scientists and industry.

Global file sharing with active file management

Spectrum Scale provides you with low-latency access to data anywhere in the world with active file management distributed disk-caching technology.

Transforms data economics

IBM Spectrum Scale transforms data economics for traditional and next-generation applications with great speed, agility and efficiency.

Technical details

Software requirements

No software requirements for IBM Spectrum Scale

    Hardware requirements

    Hardware supported: x86 architecture: Intel EM64T processors or AMD Opteron, minimum 1 GB system memory IBM POWER® architecture: AIX v6.1 or v7.1, Linux on POWER3 (minimum), minimum 1 GB system memory; z Systems (Linux only)

    IBM AIX®; Linux: Red Hat, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server; Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Windows 7; IBM z Systems™

      Technical specifications

      Operating systems supported: IBM AIX®; Linux: Red Hat, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server; Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Windows 7; IBM z Systems™

      Protocols: POSIX, GPFS, NFS v4.0, SMB v3.0; Big data and analytics: Hadoop MapReduce; Cloud: OpenStack Cinder (block), OpenStack Swift (object), S3 (object)

      Cloud object storage: IBM Cloud Storage System (Cleversafe), Amazon S3, IBM Cloud Native Object, OpenStack Swift and Amazon S3 compatible providers

      • Maximum number of files/file system: 264 (9 quintillion) files per file system
      • Maximum file system size: 8 Exabytes (EB)
      • Minimum/maximum number of nodes: 1 - 16,384

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