This is the first thing I’ve seen of this kind (a mainstream analyst comparison of object stores), and I think it reflects the growing importance of object storage models across the industry. I would argue we were early (both with Centera and Atmos). It would blow people’s minds if I could talk about the web-scale Atmos deployments that are behind the scenes of many of the services we all use every day. In the words of Donald Trump in full SNL caricature “they are HUGE”.
You can see their assessment of EMC and the other players here: http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-1R78PJ9&ct=140226&st=sb
Lots of development here also in the ViPR Object stack (which supports S3, Swift and partial Atmos APIs and capabilities) – more to come, and pushing hard to make it as easy to get and use as the ViPR controller is now (www.emc.com/getvipr)