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

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Of all the vendors in the Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems, Nutanix has the most complete vision, Gartner wrote.

Other vendors highlighted in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems include Teradata, Fujitsu, Hitachi Data Systems, Huawei and Unisys.

One very important part of the converged systems ecosystem missing from the Magic Quadrant is the VSPEX reference architecture designed by EMC, featuring server and networking technology from a variety of vendors.

While VSPEX as a reference architecture is very much equivalent to FlexPod, which was included in the Magic Quadrant, it was not included.

Andrew Butler, a vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, wrote via email in response to a query from CRN about the decision to exclude VSPEX, that Gartner's goal was to select "predictable" hardware solutions that address both integrated compute and storage within a single managed, switched fabric.

"If VSPEX was deployed on a single hardware platform (like the consistent deployment of Cisco and Netapp in a Flexpod) (sic), then it probably would be eligible. But we made the decision to exclude reference architectures that offer a variety of supported hardware options, as again it was very difficult to fairly compare predictable integrated systems like a Vblock or PureFlex versus a technology that could run on umpteen different server, storage and/or networking options," Butler wrote.

Butler also emphasized that the exclusion of VSPEX is not a negative reflection on the reference architecture.

"We respect the success that EMC is achieving with this strong strategy. As we plan for the refresh of this document in 2015, we will undoubtedly reassess VSPEX and other technologies for possible inclusion. But I do not believe that the technology meets the current market definition requirements of this new (Magic Quadrant)," he wrote.

Solution providers that partner with several of the vendors in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems said they agreed with how Gartner characterized the leaders and the visionaries.

VCE as the top vendor in the leader category makes sense, said Tim Neary, owner and president of Strategic Storage Solutions, an Allen, Texas-based solution provider and Nutanix channel partner.

"The very thing VCE is doing is truly a converged system," Neary told CRN. "VCE is more of a bolt-on of three different companies' stuff. EMC stuff. Cisco stuff. VMware stuff."

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