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HPE Advances to the Top of the Leaders quadrant in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems

HPE has moved to the top of the Leaders Quadrant in Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems. The latest chart shows a continuing increase in activity in the segment indicating that hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) continues to represent the fastest growing area in data center technology. The 2016 report solidifies and extends the trend’s growth and pace with HPE demonstrating leadership as it appears in the at the highest leadership position in the coveted top right quadrant.

As an indication of how important this market segment has become, Gartner again claims, “Hyperconvergence is disrupting the integrated system market, with major system vendors joining the growing number of startups (some of which are now mature).”

 

2016 Magic Quadrant summary

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant chart places vendors in quadrants corresponding to Gartner’s evaluation of their capabilities and maturity on an annual basis. Gartner produces Magic Quadrant charts for a variety of industries and this is the third year the research has been published for the Integrated Systems segment. A comparison of the charts on a year-over-year basis shows this to be a maturing industry segment. According to a news report from Gartner, the industry is witnessing a 79 percent growth rate in the HCI segment—slated to reach almost $2 billion in 2016.

 

3 Years in Review

In 2014, the first year this Magic Quadrant was produced, most of the players represented were established vendors with only a few newer entries. The 2015 chart showed a migration of the vendors primarily into the bottom left quadrant (Niche Players) and to the top right quadrant (Leaders), indicating a maturing market and increased differentiation between companies. The 2015 chart validated the activity of the marketplace by including five new players competing for market share.

The 2016 chart shows the number of vendors participating increasing from 13 to 19. Five of the existing vendors have migrated to different quadrants showing maturing solutions and increased customer experiences. And the chart shows the leadership positions beginning to solidify as seasoned providers move toward the higher levels.

 

Considerations

HPE is in a position of maturity as it advances to the top position in the Leaders quadrant, a status several newer entrants to the category will not attain for some years. Yet even as a long term player, HPE has shown its commitment to the sector by advancing from its position in the 2015 chart to its current position.

Gartner has recognized that HCI has become a valuable addition to midsize business IT efforts because it simplifies IT tasks that have become tedious and time consuming. HPE has perfected its converged infrastructure offerings over the last nine years with HCI appearing as the natural progression in its overall vision for datacenter simplicity. HPE’s concentration on integration has overcome the trap of creating islands of both management and data that some vendors have fallen victim to, and has become one of the key advantages of HPE’s HCI solutions.

HPE understands that while hyperconverged solutions are suitable for many workloads, other workloads require a differentiated hardware architecture. This is one reason HPE offers an Integrated System portfolio of solutions including Hyper Converged, HPE Synergy, and 3PAR StoreServ storage. In addition, HPE offers other solutions such as eight-socket platform servers and 16-socket HPE Integrity Superdome X Servers to support the demands of in-memory database applications.

According to Gartner the Integrated Systems segment is still maturing. According to IDC, over 50 percent of potential customers are still investigating HCI technology. When they make their investment, it will be with vendors that come with a proven track record and can support mission-critical applications.