Magic Three-peat: Gartner Recognizes Dell EMC as a Leader in Distributed File and Object Storage for Third Year in a Row

For the third straight year, Dell EMC has been recognized by Gartner as a leader in the 2018 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage. We feel the report evaluates Distributed File and Object Storage vendors that help enterprises manage the rapid growth in unstructured data. Per Gartner, by 2022, more than 80% of enterprise data will be stored in scale-out storage systems in enterprise and cloud data centers, up from 40% in 2018.

Around the world, organizations are realizing that data is their most valuable asset. As a leader in this space, Dell EMC takes the responsibility to act as a trusted advisor when it comes to maximizing data value and providing solutions that help the world unlock data capital, which is the value created from leveraging data for deriving business insights and operational excellence.

The Dell EMC Unstructured Data portfolio consists of Dell EMC Isilon and Dell EMC ECS. With more than 10 years of proven market leadership, Isilon is Dell EMC’s scale-out NAS platform. Last year, we announced Isilon’s Generation 6 hardware platform, which includes all-flash, hybrid, and archive systems. The modular design of the Gen-6 platform allows customers to easily upgrade performance or capacity independently as their needs evolve.

As Dell EMC’s flagship object storage offering, 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) protocols, which enable customers to consolidate data from multiple sources into one single, global storage platform. The newly announced ECS EX-Series provides organizations with unparalleled flexibility, starting in smaller capacity increments, while remaining ready and able to grow as their needs change in the future.

Not only have we made significant enhancements with both product lines, we have also improved the overall customer experience with Dell EMC.  Both Isilon and ECS are part of Dell EMC’s Future-Proof Loyalty Program, which provides customer satisfaction, efficiency and migration guarantees so Dell EMC customers can enjoy purchase peace of mind when choosing to partner with us.

We believe Gartner Magic Quadrants help customers gain a quick overview and understanding of a market’s competing technology providers and their ability to deliver on what end users require today, and in the future [1]. Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant recognizes Dell EMC as a leader in Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute within the Distributed File and Object Storage category.

Ready to do more with your own unstructured data? Learn more about Isilon and ECS platforms and contact us for more details.

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With this newest report, Dell EMC is now positioned in more than 20 Gartner Magic Quadrants. We feel the 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.


Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage

By Julia Palmer, Raj Bala, John McArthur

Published 18 October 2018

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Jeff Boudreau

About the Author: Jeff Boudreau

Jeff Boudreau is President of the Infrastructure Solutions Group at Dell Technologies. In this role, Jeff is responsible for a global team of innovators that imagine, design and deliver the ISG portfolio of modern infrastructure—industry-leading solutions that accelerate and enhance data computation, storage, networking and data protection, and are integrated into our converged and hyperconverged offerings. Jeff joined Dell Technologies in 1998 (previously EMC) and has over 25 years of engineering, business management and executive leadership experience in the IT industry. Jeff has held a number of management, operations, and services leadership positions. Most recently, he was President of Dell EMC Storage, responsible for the development and management of a market-leading storage portfolio that helps organizations modernize their data centers, leverage the economics of the cloud and accelerate IT transformation. Prior to that, Jeff was Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Midrange Solutions business, leading the innovative engineering teams that delivered next-generation midrange solutions for managing customer data with less cost, complexity and risk. Jeff completed his undergraduate studies at Wentworth Institute of Technology and received an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Jeff is based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.