Gartner Converged Infrastructure 'Magic Quadrant:' Nutanix Top Visionary, VCE Overall Leader

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Gartner this week published its first report -- including its first Magic Quadrant -- on the topic of integrated system markets, noting that the multifaceted market is growing at 50 percent annually.

Gartner, in its "Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems" report, a copy of which was reviewed by CRN, estimated the market for integrated systems, which includes single-vendor and multivendor converged infrastructures and hyper-converged infrastructures, will grow more than 50 percent in 2014 over 2013 to reach $6 billion.

Gartner defines "integrated systems" as "combinations of server, storage and network infrastructures, sold with management software that facilitates the provisioning and management of the combined unit."

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That term is more commonly referred to in the industry as "converged infrastructure," which includes hardware from two or more vendors as an integrated solution, or "hyper-converged infrastructure," which refers to those solutions that are integrated into a single hardware appliance.

The forces that are accelerating the growth of the integrated systems market compared to the IT business as a whole include improved performance, perceived lower operating expenditures, greater IT optimization, increased automation and simplified sourcing. They are overcoming perceived barriers to growth, including premium pricing, a preference for self integration and less vendor lock-in, Gartner wrote in the report.

"(Integrated Systems') continual growth rates will pose a challenge to the vendors to maximize share of wallet and margins with a compelling value proposition going forward," Gartner wrote.

Gartner's Magic Quadrant groups IT vendors in one of four quadrants based on how complete their vision for the technology is, and on how well they are able to execute on that vision.

In this week's report, Gartner cited three vendors in the leadership quadrant, which includes the best combination of vision and ability to execute.

The three include VCE, a joint venture between EMC, Cisco and VMware, which produces the Vblock solutions; the Cisco and NetApp alliance, which develops FlexPod reference architectures; and Oracle, which develops what the vendor calls "engineered systems," combining hardware with a specific application such as a database.

In the visionary quadrant, which includes companies considered by Gartner to have a good vision of the industry but which have not net executed on those visions as well as the leaders, Gartner includes Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Dell, which lie just outside the leader quadrant, and Nutanix and SimpliVity, which are still fairly low on the execution scale.

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