IBM Spectrum Scale

Cognitive storage manages unstructured data for cloud, big data, analytics, objects and more


Enterprises and organizations are creating, analyzing and keeping more data than ever before. Those that can deliver insights faster while managing rapid infrastructure growth are the leaders in their industry. And to deliver those insights, an organization’s underlying storage must support both new-era big data and traditional applications with security, reliability and high-performance. To handle massive unstructured data growth, the solution must scale seamlessly while matching data value to the capabilities and costs of different storage tiers and types. IBM® Spectrum Scale™ meets these challenges and more. It is a high-performance parallel file system for managing data at scale with the distinctive ability to perform archive and analytics in place.

IBM Spectrum Scale enables the unification of virtualization, analytics, file and object use cases into a single scale-out storage solution. IBM Spectrum Scale can provide a single namespace for all of this data, offering a single point of management with an intuitive graphical user interface. Using storage policies transparent to end users, data can be compressed or tiered to the tape or cloud to help cut costs; data can also be tired to high-performance media, including server cache, based on a heat map of data to lower latency and improve performance. Intelligent caching of data at remote sites ensures that data is available with local read/write performance across geographically distributed sites using Active File Management (AFM).