Hyper-converged Infrastructure Research Methodology
Gartner evaluated vendors who provide a software stack that includes software-defined compute, storage and networking with integrated services and management. Vendors must also deliver a the solution as a hardware appliance, as software-only for use on a reference architecture or use as-a-service in on-premise or public cloud infrastructure. Vendors need to have a minimum of 50 production HCI customers and achieved at least $10 million in bookings.
Gartner's Magic Quadrant ranks vendors on their ability to execute and completeness of vision and places them in four categories: Niche Players (low on vision and execution), Visionaries (good vision but low execution), Challengers (good execution but low vision) and Leaders (excelling in both vision and execution).
Here are the 12 vendors that made Gartner's first-ever Hyperconverged Infrastructure Magic Quadrant, along with Gartner's assessments of each company's strengths and weaknesses in the space.