Gartner Positions DataDirect Networks as a Challenger in the Magic Quadrant for General Purpose Disk Arrays

Santa Clara, Calif. — December 11, 2014


News Facts

  • DataDirect Networks (DDN) has been positioned in the Challengers quadrant in Gartner’s 2014 report, ‘Magic Quadrant for General Purpose Disk Arrays’.[i]
  • Gartner describes Challengers in the broad general-purpose disk array market as “A vendor [that] participates in the broad general-purpose disk array market and execut[es] well enough to be a serious threat to vendors in the Leaders quadrant. They have strong products, as well as sufficient credible market position and resources to sustain continued growth. Financial viability is not an issue for vendors in the Challengers quadrant, but they lack the size and influence of vendors in the Leaders quadrant.”
  • This latest Magic Quadrant report discusses vendors’ ability to address current and potential end-user demands as users focus more on flash technologies, ease-of-use features and a growing need for Big Data analytics to gain competitive advantage in the market.
  • For inclusion in the report, Gartner evaluated DDN SFA12K and SFA12KX high performance storage. DDN’s SFA12K family fuses unprecedented IOPS and bandwidth performance with the most efficient capacity management to deliver an industry-leading storage platform for today’s data intensive applications. The SFA12KX product family is purpose-built to simplify and tame data growth, enabling users to architect and scale cloud storage and Big Data environments more intelligently, efficiently and cost effectively.
  • DDN believes its position on the Magic Quadrant directly reflects its strong presence in the high performance computing, genomics, manufacturing, entertainment and video surveillance markets, as DDN technology continues to be deployed in the leading supercomputing facilities around the globe, as well as across mission critical and high performance cloud storage and Big Data environments worldwide.
  • With over 1000 customers, DDN continues to demonstrate an ability to support high performance for analytics, large scale data centers, and geographically distributed environments, while investing in its vision to develop market leading HPC technology to accelerate, consolidate and optimize Big Data and Cloud initiatives.

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Supporting Quotes

  • Molly Rector, CMO and SVP of Product Management
    • “We believe our position as the furthest and highest along the completeness of vision and ability to execute axes in the Challengers Quadrant of Gartner’s ‘Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Arrays’ reflects DDN’s ability to uniquely meet customer demand for high performance storage solutions for analytics, scale within the data center and across geographies. As more organizations look to DDN’s HPC market leading technology to help accelerate, consolidate and optimize Big Data and Cloud initiatives DDN continues to be aligned with I&O leaders which is reflected in the rapid adoption of DDN technology by global organizations with the largest and most demanding environments.”


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DataDirect Networks

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[1] Gartner Inc., “Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays”, by Stanley Zaffos, Roger W. Cox, Valdis Filks, Nov 20, 2014