These are happy days at DDN! Our friends at Gartner have released their 2013 enterprise storage magic quadrant. Affectionately titled, “Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays”, this report is a change from previous years in terms of Gartner’s enterprise storage focus, where this new quadrant reviews the newly blurred lines of storage – referencing NAS, mid-range, high-end and even (gasp!) object storage.

Why happy?  If you look in the top left quadrant under categories, you can find a certain Big Data appliance vendor who’s quickly taking the world by storm.  StorageNewsletter has all of the details here.  For those of you who missed it, here are the best DDN points:

DDN’s Breakout:

Our rapid customer adoption has managed to break DDN out of the niche category; at last!

Now we’re the leading Challenger to the status quo:

Executing more than Oracle, so we’re doing something right!

So – back to my customer theme… who cares?  Well, it turns out a lot of our customers do.  At a recent DDN analyst summit, a survey of top analysts and influencers revealed that almost 50 percent of the time, they find themselves “speaking to end users evaluating a DDN purchase.” This uptick in DDN interest is due in large part to the fact that HPC tools and technologies have become democratized in the Big Data era for an ever-bigger enterprise customer base.

One great example is our friends at Total S.A. With $182 billion in 2013 revenue, Total never rests… to that, they’re deploying new tools and methods to keep their business competitive. Congratulations go to our partner SGI on a major win they just received at Total S.A. They’ve been busy building a massive compute and storage cluster to support Total’s new energy exploration.

But don’t just take our word for it. If you have the chance to speak with Stan Zaffos or Roger Cox or Valdis Filks at Gartner – please do take some time to chat with them about DDN, our customers and the democratization of Big Data.

Oh… please also tell them I said “hi” and “thanks for the continued validation.”

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  • Date: March 28, 2013