IBM Spectrum Scale

IBM Spectrum Scale

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IBM Spectrum Scale


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Spectrum Scale: Scale Efortlessly

6 out of 10
September 28, 2019
IBM Spectrum Scale is used as a file server box. Due to its many supported protocols, it is a good choice when choosing one box to store …
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Customer Experience with ISS

9 out of 10
May 01, 2019
It is a clustered environment that helps to share information among the servers in the cluster. It helps to share information in a fast …
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What is IBM Spectrum Scale?

IBM Spectrum Scale supports storage management of unstructured data for big data analytics.

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What is IBM Spectrum Scale?

IBM Spectrum Scale is a multi-protocol, high-performance, highly available, clustered file system and associated management software. The vendor says IBM Spectrum Scale can scale in several dimensions, including performance (bandwidth and IOPS), capacity, and number of nodes (instances) that can mount the file system. IBM Spectrum Scale promises to address the capacity and performance requirements to support modern scale-out applications such as AI/ML/DL with multi-cloud support.

The latest version of IBM Spectrum Scale delivers a high level of performance for file storage. The vendor says the improvements were driven by the demands of providing the storage software for the world’s most powerful supercomputer, the US Department of Energy Summit system at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Those same innovations are now available to commercial customers, and include major improvements across the product, including performance, space efficiency, improved installation and setup, more powerful GUI and improved security to help organizations address new regulations such as GDPR.

IBM Spectrum Scale Features

  • Supported: Storage management at scale
  • Supported: On-premises and/or multicloud
  • Supported: Data economics
  • Supported: Software-defined open platform

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IBM Spectrum Scale Competitors

  • EMC/Isilon
  • Lustre
  • Netapp ONTAPP

IBM Spectrum Scale Customer Size Distribution

Small Businesses (1-50 employees)3%
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)17%
Enterprises (more than 500 employees)80%

IBM Spectrum Scale Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, SaaS
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, IBM AIX v7
Mobile ApplicationNo
Supported CountriesWorldwide
Supported LanguagesEnglish


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Score 6 out of 10
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Verified User
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IBM Spectrum Scale is used as a file server box. Due to its many supported protocols, it is a good choice when choosing one box to store all your files, access through NFS, CIFS, and BLOCK. It was mainly used to support file access to hospital images (PACS). When we began using it, we had a steady capacity growth of 4 TB/3 months. Thanks to the technology used by separating metadata from data, we were able to store metadata files on SDD disks making it very fast to search and access files. Before that, searching through a filesystem would take minutes, just to list all files.
  • Easy scalability, vertically and horizontally.
  • Active-active high availability across datacenters.
  • Great to store massive amounts of data.
  • Upgrading procedure, many times we had to do manual upgrades instead of the automatic one provided by IBM.
  • Many advanced features are only available through the command line, it would be best they would be available on the GUI.
  • More easy understanding of its compatibility matrix, regarding support for NFS and CIFS protocols.
When you get a Spectrum Scale solution from IBM you are certain of two things.
1) You will need a specialized storage admin who will be able to take all of its advantages and make available for your organization. It is an appliance that not so many storage admins would be comfortable working on. Invest properly on both hardware and human resources.
2) You will scale forever. We started with a couple of hundred of Terabytes and grew to dozens of Petabytes.
Leonardo Molinares Meza | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Review Source
IBM Spectrum Scale is being used to optimize video rendering times and storage economics. The solution is using TS4500 libraries for storage, archiving, and Supermicro Intel Nodes for NSD Servers. The networking is being supported by 1o Gbps Ethernet Switches in the cluster. After the implementation, our review of the current versus past platform shows that it's been optimized by 10 times.
  • Good for storage Optimizing.
  • Good velocity.
  • Strong agility in the product.
  • Not suited for HPC.
  • Doesn't work well for retail.
Suited to cine, technology, medical, and retail purposes.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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It is a clustered environment that helps to share information among the servers in the cluster. It helps to share information in a fast and efficient way.
I manage the information to help the several users access and create data for different departments.
IBM Spectrum Scale is a good solution for the requirements of our customers.
  • It shares information
  • It's efficient
  • Good management of clusters
  • Support for high availability
  • Better ways to update
  • Less outage time in the upgrades.
  • More time between versions
Solutions help the user access information in an efficient and fast way.
Easy way to share information among servers.
Reliability of the information.
High Availability of the information.
February 14, 2019

IBM Spectrum Scale Review

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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We evaluated Spectrum for use by large organizations who were looking to streamline their storage management.
  • Provides a single pane of glass for storage management
  • Orchestrates both IBM and non-IBM storage
  • Can manage both cloud and on-premise storage
  • Price
  • Requires a learning curve and training to manage the product
IBM Spectrum Scale works well for large organizations who have a combination of storage devices, in a complex technical environment. It also is well suited for organizations who are trying to get the most out of both new and existing storage devices.