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Gartner’s 15 Hyperconverged Infrastructure Magic Quadrant Leaders

CRN breaks down the 15 vendors ranked on Gartner’s new 2019 Hyperconverged Infrastructure Magic Quadrant including Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE, Nutanix, Pivot3 and VMware.

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Visionary: Microsoft

The infrastructure software and public cloud service titan doubled down on its hyperconverged infrastructure strategy in 2019 by unveiling its Azure Stack HCI portfolio. Due to this vision, Microsoft ranked fourth for vision on the Magic Quadrant and among the middle of the pack for execution. Microsoft’s Azure Stack HCI is designed for customers who want to run virtualized applications on hyperconverged infrastructure. It was introduced in the Windows Server 2019 Datacenter edition, which follows Microsoft’s initial HCI offering on Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016 Datacenter edition.

Azure Stack HCI includes Microsoft’s Hyper-V hypervisor and Storage Spaces Direct for storage virtualization. Over the past year, Azure Stack HCI enhancements include improved manageability through Windows Admin Center; integration with improved security; and Day 1 support for Samsung’s Z-SSD, Intel Optane, AMD’s EPYC and Intel’s Xeon Scalable processors.

Strength: Existing Microsoft Windows Server 2016/2019 Datacenter edition customers can implement HCI without paying additional license fees for hypervisors, software-defined networking, security or storage virtualization.

Weakness: Gartner said many organizations are “unaware” of Azure Stack HCI or confuse the HCI solution with Azure Stack, as it’s insufficiently marketed within Microsoft’s broad portfolio.

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