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[Report] Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

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Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure Published: 6 February 2018 ID: G00333051 Analyst(s): John McArthur, George J. Weiss, Kiyomi Yamada, Hiroko Aoyama, Philip Dawson, Arun Chandrasekaran, Julia Palmer Hyperconvergence is making inroads in enterprises, as major system vendors acquire startups or bundle servers with HC software offerings. I&O leaders should focus on the capabilities and limitations of HCI software, which is offered by a wide range of server platform vendors via OEM partnerships. Strategic Planning Assumption By 2020, 20% of business-critical applications currently deployed on three-tier IT infrastructure will transition to hyperconverged infrastructure. Market Denition/Description Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is a category of scale-out software-integrated infrastructure that applies a modular approach to compute, network and storage on standard hardware, leveraging distributed, horizontal building blocks under unied management. Hyperconverged infrastructure vendors either build their own appliances using common, off-the-shelf infrastructure (hardware, virtualization, operating system), or they engage with systems vendors that package the hyperconverged infrastructure vendor's software stack as an appliance. Alternatively, HCI vendors sell their software direct to end users, or through resellers and integrators for use as part of a reference architecture, or on an HCI-as-a-service basis, either on-premises or in a public cloud. In prior years, Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems evaluated vendors within four classes of integrated systems: integrated infrastructure systems (IIS), integrated stack systems (ISS), hyperconverged integrated systems (HCIS) and integrated reference architectures (IRA). There are four important changes in this year's Magic Quadrant when compared to the "Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems" published in 2016. This Magic Quadrant: ■ Focuses exclusively on vendors and offerings in the hyperconverged software segment. ■ Drops the system hardware requirement, which is part of the HCIS appliance model.

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