Since 2007, DDN has sustained a highly strategic partnership with IBM to drive our mutual HPC technology vision to the next level. By leveraging a close working relationship with IBM, DDN provides the performance and capacity systems that help deliver IBM® Spectrum Scale™ into the most demanding environments. DDN integrates Spectrum Scale into our GRIDScaler product family with additional DDN unique features that are sanctioned by IBM because of the added value they provide to any Spectrum Scale-based storage solution.


As an OEM, DDN is the largest seller of Spectrum Scale outside of IBM, delivering performance-demanding Spectrum Scale users the highest performing hardware:

  • Systems in production with 30+ PB in single namespace
  • Largest production cluster 10k+ nodes
  • >400 GB/s throughput to single file system


DDN and IBM joint customers include traditional HPC and Enterprise users and span a wide variety of workflows and use cases. DDN supports a number of environments that use DDN GRIDScaler as the infrastructure behind OpenStack, HPC analytics, machine and deep learning projects. Another rising use case is multi-site collaboration, caching and DR using Spectrum Scale’s AFM feature.

DDN participates globally with IBM in a series of speaking opportunities, events and promotions. DDN also demonstrates the Spectrum Scale-based GRIDScaler solutions at select trade shows and expositions around the world. To find out where you can see a GRIDScaler product demonstration, visit our events page or contact us.


Architecting High Performance Infrastructu Appropriate to Population Scale Biomedical Data
During this on-demand webinar, industry experts from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, DDN, and IBM discuss how to balance performance, scale, and cost-effectiveness across the data lifecycle in genomics research.
Boosting Big Data Performance with IBM Spectrum Scale, DDN Unified Storage and VMware vSphere
Doug O’Flaherty Marketing Manager for IBM Spectrum Scale and Kurt Kuckein, Director of Product Management at DDN Unified storage utilize case study examples to share how Spectrum Scale, DDN and VMware Big Data Extensions are optimizing performance.
IBM - Big Lab Problems Solved with IBM Spectrum Scale - Video
In this video from the DDN User Group from ISC 2016, Jeff Yamamoto from IBM presents: Big Lab Problems Solved with IBM Spectrum Scale (formerly GPFS).
IBM - Architecting Storage for OpenStack Success - Video
Abdulrahman Alkhamees, Technical Marketing Manager, DDN Storage & Douglas O'Flaherty, Technical Marketing Manager, IBM present: Architecting Storage for OpenStack Success.
Jeffrey Ceason - IBM Spectrum Scale
Jeffrey Ceason discusses IBM Spectrum Scale at SC16
Applications of AFM in IBM Spectrum Scale
DDN Technical Director James Coomer presents, Applications of AFM in IBM Spectrum Scale at SC16

IBM Spectrum Scale Customers