HCI is winning over enterprises drawn to its potential to ease management, streamline deployment of new workloads and optimize costs. The market analysis includes hardware vendors and software players such as VMware and Microsoft.

By Ann Bednarz
Assistant Managing Editor, Features, Network World

Hyperconvergence is winning over enterprises that are drawn to its potential to ease management, streamline the deployment of new workloads, and optimize infrastructure costs.

As much as 20 percent of business-critical applications currently deployed on three-tier IT infrastructure will transition to hyperconverged infrastructure by 2020, predicts Gartner, which recently gave the technology its own magic quadrant.

The magic quadrant is Gartner’s signature format for tech market analysis, and in prior years, the research firm tackled hyperconvergence as part of its integrated-systems research.

Hyperconverged integrated systems (HCIS) was one of four classes of products – along with integrated infrastructure systems (IIS), integrated stack systems (ISS), and integrated reference architectures (IRA) – that made up Gartner’s integrated systems magic quadrant.

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Hyperconverged Infrastructure Gets Its Own Gartner Magic Quadrant