Dell EMC Named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Distributed File & Object Storage for 2nd Straight Year

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For the second year in a row, Gartner has recognized Dell EMC as a Leader in the Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage. The report evaluates Distributed File and Object Storage vendors that help enterprises manage the rapid growth in unstructured data.

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Unstructured data is growing at an astonishing rate, and this growth is showing no signs of slowing down with the proliferation of the digital economy, spurred on by mobile and IoT devices. Today’s digital-first world is generating unstructured data at a breakneck pace, and organizations need storage platforms purpose-built for scale and performance. Gartner forecasts in its “2017 Strategic Roadmap for Storage” that by 2021, more than 80 percent of enterprise unstructured data will be stored in scale-out file system and object storage systems in enterprise and cloud data centers, an increase from 30 percent today.

Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object StorageThe Dell EMC position in this report was based on our Dell EMC Isilon and Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) platforms. Isilon, Dell EMC’s scale-out NAS platform, is the foundation for building out a consolidated storage pool for file-based data, while ECS, Dell EMC’s scale-out Object platform, combines public cloud storage features and economics with private cloud benefits.

Gartner Magic Quadrant reports are designed to help technology decision-makers “quickly ascertain how well technology providers are executing their stated visions and how well they are performing against Gartner’s market view.”[1] Notably, the Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant clearly places Dell EMC in a strong position against all other competitors for “completeness of vision” and “ability to execute.” Gartner also recognized Dell EMC as a leader in last year’s first-ever Magic Quadrant for File and Object Storage. We feel this recognition underscores Dell EMC’s continued and significant commitment to supporting unstructured data workloads.

Our Isilon storage enables thousands of enterprises worldwide to manage large and rapidly growing amounts of data in a highly scalable, easy to manage, and cost-effective manner. Isilon is designed to accelerate workflow productivity and reduce capital and operational expenditures, while seamlessly scaling storage in lockstep with the growth of mission-critical data. ECS is a cloud-scale, object storage platform with a variety of consumption models. With ECS, organizations can cost-effectively manage their unstructured data under a single global namespace with anywhere access to content.

We believe this continued recognition demonstrates the market demand from global enterprises for scalable, reliable and easy to use products that help them to focus on managing their businesses, not their storage.

Read the complete report here.


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[1] https://www.gartner.com/technology/research/methodologies/research_mq.jsp

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