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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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Niche Player: StarWind

StarWind is a developer of HCI and SDS offerings with its flagship offering being the StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA). The Middleton, Mass.-based company has honed its marketing focus at bringing enterprise-level hyperconvergence features to the SMB market at appealing costs. StarWind ranked in last place for execution on the Magic Quadrant and was the second lowest for vision.

In 2019, StarWind introduced its Command Center, Virtual Appliance and ProActive Premium Support Extended as enhancements to its HCI offerings. StarWind has been expanding its channel partner relationships outside the U.S. StarWind HCA focuses on specific features for each use case like high availability and high performance for edge; storage replication to prevent downtime and data loss for mission-critical workloads; and simplicity and flexibility for core IT. The vendor also enables hardware-agnostic offerings with its StarWind Virtual SAN HCI software and sells a backup appliance, the StarWind Virtual Tape Library Appliance.

Strength: StarWind offers a high level of customization through its engineering teams, swaying IT leaders who seek specific features and functions.

Weakness: The company is not for customers desiring large resources, brand recognition or broad market penetration.

 
 
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