Gartner Recognizes Dell EMC as a Leader in the First Ever Distributed File Systems and Object Storage Magic Quadrant

Dell EMC has earned a leader position in the first ever Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage. We concur with the Gartner assessment that growing data absolutely necessitates storage solutions that address the needs of many use cases with low acquisition and operational costs. We believe Dell EMC is positioned in the upper right corner of the Leaders Quadrant today because of our ability to meet this need.

This report evaluates Distributed File and Object Storage vendors that help customers deal with the rapid growth in unstructured data. Isilon, the industry leader in scale-out NAS storage,[1] and Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS), were both recognized as leaders in this Gartner report.  We believe this recognition demonstrates our industry-leading capabilities to help prepare our customers for their digital future. Isilon and ECS help customers drive their IT and business transformation by providing storage efficiency, performance, global access and reliability at scale and economics that businesses demand. Underpinning the Dell EMC Data Lake, Isilon is the foundation for building out a consolidated single pool of storage for file-based data, while ECS combines public cloud storage features and economics with private cloud benefits.


Source: Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File System and Object Storage, October 2016.

It is no secret that the shift to digital transformation is taking businesses to new levels…and IT is the enabler. Here at Dell EMC, we have dedicated ourselves to helping our customers reach their goals with the technology and services to transform their businesses not only for today, but also well into the future.

Isilon is a well-established, market-leading product, with more than 10 years of market growth. With over 7,000 customers, Isilon continues to rapidly evolve and innovate to meet customers’ growing demands for storing and analyzing file-based workloads. Isilon provides multi-protocol support, combined with enterprise-grade data management, protection and security that helps customers eliminate silos and consolidate their NAS infrastructure.

ECS is designed specifically for next-generation apps that demand massive unstructured data storage capacity, global access and cloud scale economics. In addition to object protocols, ECS supports file and Hadoop (HDFS) which enable customers to consolidate data from multiple sources into one, single, global cloud. With ECS as one object storage platform for all data, customers can free up primary storage, modernize existing applications, and accelerate cloud native application development using a consumption model of their choice, as an appliance, software running on Dell servers or as a service.

Dell EMC holds leadership position in a total of 20 Gartner Magic Quadrants and we can now add this new report to our list of industry recognition. This standout position in Gartner’s latest report lets the world know what our customers are experiencing every day—that Dell EMC delivers world-class products to meet business needs today, tomorrow and beyond. This recognition supports our belief that no other vendor is better equipped to enable digital transformation than Dell EMC.

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[1] Worldwide Scale-Out NAS Vendor Revenue (US$M), IDC Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, June 2016

Sam Grocott

About the Author: Sam Grocott

Sam Grocott is the Senior Vice President of Product Marketing at Dell Technologies. He leads the marketing activities for all infrastructure and client solutions and the services portfolio, including critical GTM activities across the portfolio, such as AI, APEX & Multicloud, Edge, Telecom, portfolio marketing and competitive intelligence. Sam began his career at Isilon Systems in 2001, where he led product management and helped launch Isilon's first products in 2003. After EMC acquired Isilon in 2010, Sam headed the marketing and product management team that delivered the market-leading scale-out NAS offering. When Dell acquired EMC in 2016, Sam's role expanded to cover the Dell Infrastructure Solutions portfolio for Marketing. The organization evolved to represent the entire Dell Technologies portfolio a few years later.