VMware has been positioned as a leader in the Gartner ‘2018 Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI)’, with the report confirming it offers the broadest set of HCI solutions in the market.
For those who don’t know, a Magic Quadrant report offers in-depth analyses into a specific technology market’s direction, maturity and participants, comparing vendors based on Gartner’s standard methodology. So, to be named as a leader is certainly a feather in VMware’s cap.
The new report recognises the critical role that software now plays in powering HCI solutions. It has become key to delivering a more agile, efficient data centre that can easily evolve to the growing hybrid cloud landscape.
It has also resulted in a growing number of deployment options for HCI software. These can range from integrated systems and appliances, to software sold as part of a reference architecture model, to HCI-as-a-service in the public cloud.
In identifying VMware as a leader in the market, the report highlighted the following specific strengths:
- VMware offers the broadest set of HCI solutions to meet the diverse performance, scalability, security and total cost of ownership (TCO) needs of organisations
- It offers a set of well-integrated software products in vSphere, vSAN and vCenter, which makes management and support simple for virtualisation administrators, avoiding the need to learn new GUIs or complex storage abstracts
- It has kept the product competitive through an aggressive software release cycle that provides advanced data services and enhancements
Lee Caswell, Vice President of the Product, Storage and Availability Business Unit at VMware, commented: “We feel that, as part of a shift towards software, VMware is well positioned to execute on the evolving HCI market.
“Our belief is that we offer a breadth of solutions spanning from the data centre to the cloud and across compute, storage, networking and management. In addition, we are backed by proven software-based business models with some of the industry’s broadest ecosystems.”