A scale-out high performance global parallel file system

Enterprises and organizations are creating, analyzing and keeping more data than ever before. Islands of data are being created all over the organization and in the cloud creating complexity, difficult to manage systems and increasing costs. Those that can deliver insights faster while managing rapid infrastructure growth are the leaders in their industry. In delivering those insights, an organization’s underlying information architecture must support the hybrid cloud, big data and artificial intelligence (AI) workloads along with traditional applications while ensuring security, reliability, data efficiency and high performance. IBM Spectrum Scale™ meets these challenges as a parallel high-performance solution with global file and object data access for managing data at scale with the distinctive ability to perform archive and analytics in place.


Extreme scalability

Leverage no-bottleneck architecture to scale performance for extreme throughput and low-latency access not expected from network-attached storage.

Data aware intelligence

Allow Spectrum Scale to grow and share your storage infrastructure while automatically moving file and object data to the optimal storage tier as quickly as possible.

Enable global collaboration

Enable data-anywhere access that spans storage and locations to accelerate applications from edge to data center to cloud and around the world.

Data integrity and security

Take advantage of authentication, encryption, security, erasure coding and replication options to meet your business and regulatory requirements.

IBM Spectrum Scale is the center of IBM Storage for Data and AI information architecture

High performance enterprise storage for

  • Red Hat OpenShift hybrid cloud applications
  • AI and ML workloads and analytics
  • HPC and high performance workloads
  • Enterprise collaboration when performance matters
  • High performance video, IoT or digital data access
  • Parallel performance for NVIDIA, Cloudera, SAS Grid

Flexible building blocks (edge, core, cloud)

  • IBM NVMe flash nodes
  • Red Hat OpenShift nodes
  • Public cloud nodes
  • Capacity nodes
  • Object storage nodes
  • Multi-vendor NFS nodes

IBM Spectrum Scale enterprise data services

  • Snapshots and multi-site replication
  • Integrated data life cycle management
  • Encryption and WORM data security
  • Data placement optimization and data reduction
  • Logging and event notification
  • Automated and continuous ingest to data catalog and policy engine

Simple building blocks for IBM Spectrum Scale

IBM Spectrum Scale

Learn about ESS

IBM Spectrum Scale made simple with easy to scale, easy to deploy performance enhanced building blocks. Learn about Elastic Storage System (ESS) capacity and performance nodes for the edge or the data center and how works together with IBM Spectrum Scale.

How customers use IBM Spectrum Scale

University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham drives innovative research forward by taking control of data.

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Pixit Media

Pixit Media keeps the action rolling in the media and entertainment industry.

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Sidra Medical

Supporting game-changing genomics research to improve the health of a nation.