Forrester’s Scoring System
All scores in Forrester’s hyperconverged report are based on a scale of 0 (weak) to 5 (strong).
In its 35-criterion evaluation of hyperconverged infrastructure providers, Forrester identified the 11 most significant products which hail from Cisco, DataCore Software, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei, Microsoft, NetApp, Nutanix, Pivot3, Red Hat, Scale Computing and VMware.
The analysts researched, analyzed and scored each vendor product around three segments: Product Offering, Strategy and Market Presence.
A ‘Product Offering’ score is based around its capabilities around platform support, solution scalability, manageability and ease of operations, storage functions, and professional services and consulting. For ‘Strategy’, analysts scores were based on customer feedback and product strategy. In the ‘Market Presence’ category, vendors were scored on their install bases, engagement with channel partners and partnerships with other technology vendors in the data center infrastructure market.
It is key to note that Forrester’s HCI report is on HCI software, which is why hyperconverged offerings from the likes of Dell Technologies and Lenovo were excluded from the report.