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IBM Storage Scale System – Product Review

Last updated on December 17th, 2023 for document rebranding. Concise 6-page overview of IBM Storage Scale System. Includes overview, usage, EvaluScale and more. Download the full product review now!

The IBM Storage Scale System (formerly ESS) system based on IBM Storage Scale software is offered by IBM to meet large-scale file storage requirements. Storage Scale System models include the 3200, 3500, and 6000 which all use AMD processors. Storage Scale software may be used with other available storage systems and servers. A global namespace for access to large numbers of files is a key feature. Standard hardware and software are integrated to provide the systems and advanced features.

The IBM Storage Scale System integrates standard hardware and software elements to provide file storage over standard protocols. The standard hardware includes AMD processors with internal or external storage. The software elements include Storage Scale (General Parallel File System) and Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager). IBM Storage Scale System has been certified as a storage target for HortonWorks Data Platform.

Object access is supported with the incorporation of Swift open source software installed on GPFS nodes. Objects are stored as files within GPFS. The extended S3 API for Swift is added to support applications written for S3 and AWS.

IBM Storage Scale software can be installed on different servers and utilize multiple storage systems in the case of earlier Storage Scale System models. Additionally, Storage Scale can be installed on AWS for customers that run or develop analytics software in the public cloud. There are multiple editions of Storage Scale software that vary in the licensing and included functions. An explanation of the various editions is included in the Futurm Group Storage Scale System product analysis document.

IBM Storage Scale System Product Review Includes:

  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Usage
  • Architecture Deployment
  • EvaluScale Product Review Methodology
  • Evaluator Group’s Opinion

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