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IBM a Leader again for the Gartner MQ for Distributed File and Object Storage

By David Wohlford posted Fri October 08, 2021 01:16 PM


IBM a Leader in 2021 Magic Quadrant™ for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage—six in a row


IBM recognized for completeness of vision and ability to execute

For the sixth 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.

IBM’s Data and AI software-defined storage portfolio consists of four products: IBM Cloud Object StorageIBM Spectrum Scale and the Elastic Storage System (ESS) and IBM Spectrum Discover.

IBM Global data Platform (GdP)

IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM Cloud Object Storage software and Elastic Storage System building blocks, provides a global data platform that solves the biggest data challenges by breaking down silos and providing faster access to more data.  Now your applications can simultaneously connect multiple data sources using multiple data interfaces from edge to core to cloud.   IBM innovation and industry-leading software-defined global data and storage management software provides workload agility, faster insights, and business results.   Finally, you modernize without compromise as efficiency, protection and security are all designed to meet your demanding enterpise requirements.



IBM continues to drive leadership for scalable high-performance workloads, as well as efficient, secure, scalable, capacity storage for file- and object-based solutions. IBM Cloud Object Storage and IBM Spectrum Scale are critical components of IBM’s Storage for Data and AI portfolio and scales to massive capacities with unique value for growing data requirements for AI workloads.  These systems are knit together with IBM Spectrum Discover, which provides a metadata cataloging, indexing and policy engine to help solve the data and AI puzzle faster.


The release of this report comes a few months after IBM’s announcement of new capabilities for AI workloads with our partnership with NVIDIA and also our solutions with Cloudera for AI analysis.


>> You can read a copy of the Gartner report here. 

Disclaimer: Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage, 

01 October 2021, Julia Palmer et. Al.

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