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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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Gartner Methodology

In order to make Gartner’s 2021 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage, vendors must have more than $10 million in annual product revenue in file or object storage sales.

Companies must have at least 75 production customers each consuming more than 500TB raw capacity via file or object storage protocols only. Additionally, vendors’ storage products must be installed in at least three major geographies.

The two underlying technologies that form the unstructured data storage market are object storage and distributed file system storage, Gartner said.

Object storage is the software and systems that house data in structures dubbed “objects” and serve data via RESTful HTTP APIs such as Amazon S3. Distributed file system storage uses a single file system to cluster multiple storage nodes together, presenting a single namespace and a storage pool to provide high-bandwidth data access for multiple hosts.

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant ranks vendors on their ability to execute and completeness of vision and places them in four categories: Niche Players (low on vision and execution), Visionaries (good vision but low execution), Challengers (good execution but low vision) and Leaders (excelling in both vision and execution).


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