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Gartner Converged Infrastructure Magic Quadrant: Who's In, Who Didn't Make The List

Gartner's first Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems report lists nearly all the top converged infrastructure providers, but recent changes and the exclusion of the VSPEX reference architecture mean the list may already be getting old.

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Gartner, in its first-ever 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 multi-vendor 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 infrastructure, sold with management software that facilitates the provisioning and management of the combined unit."

That term is more commonly referred to in the industry as "converged infrastructure," which includes solutions that include 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.

 
 
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