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ARMONK, NY - 20 Jul 2006: IBM today announced that the analyst firm Gartner, Inc. has positioned IBM in the "Leaders" quadrant in its Magic Quadrant evaluation of Storage Services vendors.
The ability to execute and completeness of vision were examined while positioning each storage services company. According to Gartner, Inc., "Leaders are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market."
"IBM has been aggressively delivering storage services to clients globally to help them innovate, and we believe Gartner's recognition is testament to the rewards of collaborative innovation," said Paul Fried, vice-president for Storage and Data Services, IBM Global Technology Services. "By helping clients more efficiently store, manage and understand, and leverage data, we can help free them to innovate across their business. We will be relentless in pursuing that vision in the days ahead."
IBM is the largest storage services provider worldwide and has over 100 System Storage Solution Centers. IBM Global Technology Services uses methodologies and prior engagement experiences to offer solutions that help maximize operational effectiveness and gain competitive advantage while minimizing costs for clients.
In March 2006, IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) began realigning its services to reflect service product lines. The following services contribute to IBM's leadership:
|Services and solutions
Storage software, tape and disk innovations
* Magic Quadrant for Storage Services, 2Q06 by Adam W. Couture and Robert E. Passmore. The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted May 25, 2006 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. Gartner's permission to print or reference its Magic Quadrant should not be deemed to be an endorsement of any company or product depicted in the quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is Gartner's opinion and is an analytical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It measures vendors against Gartner-defined criteria for a marketplace. The positioning of vendors within a Magic Quadrant is based on the complex interplay of many factors. Gartner does not advise enterprises to select only those firms in the Leaders segment. In some situations, firms in the Visionary, Challenger, or Niche Player segments may be the right match for an enterprise's requirements. Well-informed vendor selection decisions should rely on more than a Magic Quadrant. Gartner research is intended to be one of many information sources including other published information and direct analyst interaction. Gartner expressly disclaims all warranties, express or implied of fitness of this research for a particular purpose.