IBM Spectrum Scale

Simplify data management at scale with IBM’s software defined storage solution

Why IBM Spectrum Scale

IBM Spectrum Scale™ is a proven, scalable, high-performance data and file management solution (based upon IBM General Parallel File System™ or GPFS, also formerly known as code name Elastic Storage). IBM Spectrum Scale provides world-class storage management with extreme scalability, flash accelerated performance, and automatic policy-based storage tiering from flash through disk to tape. IBM Spectrum Scale reduces storage costs up to 90% while improving security and management efficiency in cloud, big data & analytics environments.

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The Challenge

Today’s never ending data growth is challenging traditional storage and data management solutions. New applications are generating massive amounts of unstructured data such as video, audio and text files, and data must be managed across standard and new cloud platforms. Being able to balance traditional workloads with new workloads and data types puts pressure on IT and storage administrators to deliver application performance and reduce data access bottlenecks that delay schedules and waste expensive resources.

The Solution

IBM Spectrum Scale removes data related bottlenecks by providing parallel access to data, eliminating single filer choke points or hot spots. IBM Spectrum Scale also simplifies data management at scale by providing a single namespace that can be scaled simply, quickly, and infinitely by simply adding more scale-out resources – eliminating “filer sprawl” and its associated headaches.

Enables Global Collaboration

IBM Spectrum Scale empowers geographically distributed organisations by expanding that single global namespace – literally globally – by placing critical data close to everyone and everything that needs it, no matter where they are in the world. Speeding data access to stakeholders around the world accelerates schedules and improves productivity.

Data Lifecycle Management

IBM Spectrum Scale management and data lifecycle automation bridges the gaping data growth – budget chasm, bringing storage costs into line and making backup, restore and disaster recovery integral components of the solution. As part of IBM’s Spectrum Storage family, it is integrated with IBM Spectrum Protect™ and IBM Spectrum Archive™. IBM Spectrum Scale can uniquely manage the full data life cycle, delivering geometrically lower cost savings through policy driven automation and tiered storage management.


IBM Spectrum Scale is part of IBM’s market-leading software defined storage family and is available in multiple ways: