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HPE Moves Further Up and To the Right in the Leaders’ Quadrant

Gartner published a report on 2017 Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays on July 13th. It gives great contentment to state that Hewlett Packard Enterprise has been recognized as a Leader for the third consecutive year, with dot position much improved from last year.

Key Highlights of the Report:

  • HPE has moved up and to the right- Nimble acquisition and 3PAR delivery have helped both on vision and execution
  • For the first time, HPE is surpassing Dell/EMC in Vision

According to the recent Gartner MQ, within the next 12 months, solid-state arrays will improve in performance by a factor of 10, and double in density and cost-effectiveness, therefore changing the dynamics of the storage market. This Magic Quadrant will help IT leaders better understand SSA vendors' positioning in the market. Solid-state arrays (SSA) mature beyond performance-oriented and unexpected workloads. On one hand that’s great for the consumer. But on the other hand, with several mature options to choose from it’s now more important than ever to understand the differentiation between each vendor and their offerings. With so many leaders, how do you find the right one for you?

 Comparison of 2017 MQ vs 2016 MQ:


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Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays  Source: Gartner (July 2017)

As we can see from last year, many of the vendor placements have either moved up or moved across to the right to be in the Leader’s Quadrant. There’s no single attribute or category that accounts for where Gartner will place a given vendor in the MQ. In HPE’s case, it was the consistent execution and go-to-market strategy with 3PAR coupled with the recent acquisition of Nimble that moved the needle.

HPE expanded its existing 3PAR StoreServ portfolio with the acquisition of Nimble Storage on April 17th. The result is two product lines: the 3PAR StoreServ products and the Nimble Predictive AF series. Both products leverage efficient use of cost-effective SSD technology, and both feature data reduction capabilities, such as deduplication and compression (recently with HPE 3PAR), available with data efficiency guarantees. With HPE's separation from HP, it has demonstrated its ability to aggressively pursue the storage market, and particularly the SSA category, by attracting more channel partners and penetrating further into key verticals and geographies. HPE leads the industry in scalability with its scale-up/scale-out architecture, which benefits from robust resiliency and manageability services. Furthermore, Nimble Storage can leverage HPE's channel influence to gain traction in emerging market. Both HPE 3PAR and Nimble Storage are clear endorsements of HPE’s SSA portfolio.

Major strengths that have contributed in making this rise happen:

  • Both products feature a flexible architecture capable of utilizing NVMe Peripheral Component Interface Express (PCIe) SSDs and storage-class memory without a disruptive upgrade.
  • Infosight support provides detailed analytics and proactive resolutions that can identify issues outside the storage infrastructure, resulting in high customer satisfaction.
  • HPE successfully communicates the wider value proposition of SSAs by using its "flashonomics" program to sell business outcomes to customers, rather than concentrating on "speeds and feeds."

Cautions reflected in the report:

  • The HPE portfolio, through the 3PAR File Persona Software Suite, is still evolving as a stand-alone network-attached storage platform. Nimble only provides block storage protocols.
  • Existing 3PAR and Nimble customers that want one administration GUI may not want to have heterogeneous SSAs within their infrastructure.
  • It is yet to be seen whether HPE can efficiently integrate Nimble's support and service ability

across the HPE installed base, and without degradation of high service levels across all customers.

The SSAs evaluated in this research include scale-up, scale-out, and unified storage architectures. These arrays have different availability characteristics, performance profiles, scalability, ecosystem support, pricing, and warranties. The SSAs enable users to tailor solutions against operational needs, planned new application deployments, and forecast growth rates and asset management strategies.



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