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Dell, IBM, Qumulo Lead Gartner’s File And Object Storage Magic Quadrant

CRN breaks down the strength and weaknesses for the 15 leading storage vendors who made Gartner’s new 2021 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage.

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Niche Player: DataDirect Networks (DDN)

DDN ranks last place for vision and near the bottom for execution on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant. The Los Angeles-based company’s EXAScaler is a distributed file system that runs on-premises and in the cloud. It is deployed primarily for large-scale, high-throughput file workloads and sometimes as an S3 target for archive use cases. EXAScaler is powered by the Lustre open-source parallel file system. EXAScaler is best suited for HPC and analytics.

Strength: DDN offers a proven storage solution for HPC and artificial intelligence workloads, including enhancements for deployment and integration in GPU environments to support NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD.

Weakness: DDN’s offerings have limited focus in addressing requirements for general-purpose file storage, Gartner said. The company doesn’t have developer-friendly object storage for object-native workloads that is simple to download, deploy and manage.




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