Two leading analysts score IBM Cloud Storage highly:
- Gartner published its Critical Capabilities for Object Storage in January 2018. As we did in the last publication (October 2016), IBM Cloud Object Storage scored highest overall for the object storage use cases. This year IBM actually scored the highest in every use case.
- IDC recognised IBM Cloud Storage for the fifth year in a row as a leader and placed in the Leaders category by International Data Corporation (IDC) in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Object-based Storage Vendor Assessment. (Doc #US42665518, June 2018)
About the Gartner Report
Gartner breaks down attributes of object storage you should consider, including metadata implementation, support for file protocols and hybrid cloud storage capabilities.
Gartner highlights five distinct use cases for object storage: Analytics, Archiving, Backup, Content Distribution and Cloud Storage. However, several IBM clients are doing multiples of these use cases on the same object storage cluster. Unlike traditional storage, the more data and use cases you add to IBM Cloud Object Storage, the more value you can create. Advantages in storage efficiency, security and manageability increase with scale; and few have deployed systems at the scale of IBM Cloud Object Storage. A proven solution with a strong ecosystem of ISVs, IBM Cloud Object Storage is certified with multiple backup, archive, collaboration, and file sync and share solutions so you can build the infrastructure you need.
This is the second year Gartner has published this work. These reports are the in-depth complement to their Gartner Distributed File Systems and Object Storage Magic Quadrant published in the fall. (IBM was in the Leaders quadrant in those reports also.) We do not take our strong position for granted. The industry is not standing still, and neither is IBM. We recently added policy-based vaults with Write Once Read Many (WORM) capabilities and concentrated dispersal mode creating a 75 percent reduction in resources for initial configurations. With each release, IBM enhances the solution, adding features and adding value in the solution.
About the IDC MarketScape study
IDC has found that the market for object-based storage (OBS) continues to grow and gain traction, especially in the past two years, as users gravitate towards systems that are easier to scale, less complex to manage and more efficient at storing the growing amount of unstructured data that is being generated by businesses and users. (DOC # US43630018). The MarketScape study assesses the capabilities and business strategies of leading suppliers in the scale-out object-based storage market, which the IDC MarketScape notes is part of the overall file and OBS market segment. This study includes analysis of 13 key vendors of commercial OBS solutions with broad portfolios and global scale.
The MarketScape report highlighted IBM Cloud Object Storage’s strength in its ability to grow easily to massive scale: “…and has proven to do so for several customers. The flexibility of deployment offered by IBM’s COS (appliance, software-only and self-built/owned public cloud) surrounded by the solutions enabled via partnerships and other IBM products is advantageous to several customers.”
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 use cases such as remote file collaboration, backup or archive repository, and as a content repository for images, video and voice.
Clients can start with as few as three commodity x86 server nodes or as little as 72 TB of useable storage and grow to petabytes or beyond. By combining a single copy of protected data and the ability to lock down data using WORM storage, this solution is quickly becoming the choice for many industries like finance, healthcare and government that have compliance or other data retention requirements.
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organisation and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.