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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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Leader: Cisco Systems

The worldwide networking leader ranks fourth for execution and fifth for vision on the Magic Quadrant. Cisco’s flagship HCI offering is its HyperFlex appliance, which the San Jose, Calif.-based company launched in 2016. Cisco, which is currently shaking up several of its businesses units, overthrew Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the second quarter of 2019 to take third place in the global HCI market by generating $114 million in revenue, up nearly 50 percent year over year.

This year, Cisco introduced a cloud-managed two-node cluster with Cisco SD-WAN integration for edge and remote office/branch office use cases. To enhance HyperFlex’s capabilities to support workloads, Cisco launched support for Intel’s latest Xeon Scalable processors and an NVMe hyperconverged appliance that utilizes 3-D XPoint technology in both cache and capacity storage tiers. Other enhancements include HyperFlex’s Acceleration Engine, an acceleration card that offloads in-line compression from the CPU to enable petabyte scalability and enhanced Kubernetes support.

Strength: The Cisco-only HyperFlex solution, along with multi-cloud support, gives the company product depth that can be attractive to IT leaders.

Weakness: Cisco doesn’t off its software-defined storage HyperFlex HX Data Platform as a software-only solution or through third-party server partnerships.

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