IBM Spectrum Scale

Used by many of the top 500 Supercomputers in the world, IBM Spectrum Scale (formerly General Parallel File System, or GPFS), is a high-performance, shared-disk clustered file management solution that provides global file system access to multiple tiers of various data sources using a single namespace.

Distributed metadata access and management through standard “building blocks”, allows for easy expansion without sacrificing performance, and allows for high levels of concurrent access, allowing multiple users on multiple sites to read and write to the same files without significant performance loss or data corruption.

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More and more data is being created, analyzed and stored by businesses and organizations. Data islands are being created throughout the organization and in the cloud, resulting in complexity, difficult-to-manage systems, and increased costs. Industry leaders deliver insights faster while managing rapidly growing infrastructure. An organization’s underlying information architecture must assist in delivering those insights while ensuring security, reliability, data efficiency and high performance of applications based on hybrid clouds, big data, and artificial intelligence (AI). IBM Spectrum ScaleTM addresses these challenges as a parallel, high-performance solution that allows for global access to data files and objects for managing data on a global scale, combined with the capability to perform analytics and archive on-the-fly.


Kubernetes and IBM Spectrum Scale

Access to IBM Spectrum Scale storage can now be containerized, and the Spectrum Scale nodes are clustered together to deliver high-performance access to storage.

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Advanced File Management (AFM) for Object Storage

With native object storage, the global file system can now provide NVMe access to object storage data.

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Cloudera and IBM Spectrum Scale

Cloudera Analytics is now supported by IBM Spectrum Scale Hadoop connector.

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Extreme scalability

Scale performance for extreme throughput and low latency access not expected from network-attached storage through no-bottleneck architecture.

Data aware intelligence

As your storage infrastructure grows, Spectrum Scale automatically moves file and object data to the optimal storage tier as quickly as possible.

Enable global collaboration

Provide data-anywhere access, spanning storage and locations, to accelerate applications from the edge to the data center to the cloud.

Data integrity and security

Utilize authentication, encryption, security, erasure coding, and replication options to meet your business and regulatory requirements.


High performance enterprise storage for

  • Red Hat OpenShift hybrid cloud applications
  • AI and ML workloads and analytics
  • HPC and high performance workloads
  • Enterprise collaboration when performance matters
  • High performance video, IoT or digital data access
  • Parallel performance for NVIDIA, Cloudera, SAS Grid

Flexible building blocks (edge, core, cloud)

  • IBM NVMe flash nodes
  • Red Hat OpenShift nodes
  • Public cloud nodes
  • Capacity nodes
  • Object storage nodes
  • Multi-vendor NFS nodes

High performance enterprise storage for

  • Snapshots and multi-site replication
  • Integrated data life cycle management
  • Encryption and WORM data security
  • Data placement optimization and data reduction
  • Logging and event notification
  • Automated and continuous ingest to data catalog and policy engine