IBM has been improving the performance of its SSA FlashSystem A9000 series while also reducing operational costs. The company's FlashSystem solutions are built upon IBM's proprietary flash module technology that optimizes flash drive components for performance and reliability. Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM uses industry standard SSDs for its DS8000F and Storwize products. Spectrum Storage Suite is a software-defined storage offering that spans IBM's SSA portfolio and provides a common software and management platform for users. IBM ranks No. 5 for execution and among the middle of the pack for vision on the Magic Quadrant.
Strengths: The company offers a broad portfolio that features standard SSD technology for midrange and entry-level products, as well as its own custom flash modules for high-performance needs. IBM also offers flexible consumption and payment models for customers.
Weaknesses: IBM's Storwize series deduplication capabilities may require further refinement, while the DS8000 does not offer compression or deduplication. The company's Spectrum Control software does not offer predictive analytics beyond storage.