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VMware, Nutanix Battle For HCI Software Supremacy: Gartner

Mark Haranas

Here are the nine world-leading vendors that made Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software, including Nutanix, VMware and Microsoft.

Niche Player: StarWind

StarWind ranks in the middle of the pack for vision and near the bottom for execution on Gartner’s HCI software Magic Quadrant. The Beverly, Mass.-based company’s HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) focuses on reduces node count for hybrid cloud and edge use cases and distributed data centers. StarWind recently modernized its codebase for increased performance, and dedupe and compression with integration to ZFS.

Strength: StarWind innovation in the hardware and software HCI layers makes it an attractive price/performance option for SMBs for edge and cloud, Gartner said. The company also has good HCI and storage expertise.

Weakness: Gartner said StarWind is one of the smaller vendors in terms of revenue and geographic coverage, which limits its ability to gain traction in the global enterprise market. The company also doesn’t offer pre-integrated HCI bundling by major server OEMs.

 
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