Twice is Nice. Nutanix named a leader again in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems
Gartner’s view of the integrated system market is focused on transformational technologies or approaches delivering on the future needs of end users. It is not focused purely on the market as it is today. Integrated systems are combinations of server, storage and network infrastructure, sold with management software that facilitates the provisioning and management of the combined unit. As organizations seek to modernize and consolidate legacy data center infrastructure, the appeal of integrated systems is high, as these technologies are able to coexist with existing systems and integrate increasingly with the use of external cloud services. Software vendor support is rarely an issue with most integrated systems that are aimed at generic situations, and the dividing line between the role of integrated systems and that of traditional three-tier server, storage and networking infrastructure becomes more blurred with each year.
Founded in 2009, Nutanix has now grown to 1,800 employees, and has been the market and “mind share” leader in the hyperconverged space since 2011. It has captured more than 50% of the HCIS market by revenue, with over 3,200 customers worldwide. In 2016, Nutanix continues to differentiate itself in technology and execution by investing more than $100 million per year in R&D and growing its year-over-year revenue by 82%.
This year, Nutanix has made continuous enhancements with two major releases improving the integrated virtualization features of Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV; based on KVM), which is front and center in the company’s future differentiation. Since its launch in July 2015, AHV has been adopted by 15% of the vendor’s customers. Nutanix has also announced additional data services to address more data center requirements (Acropolis File Services [AFS], Acropolis Block Services [ABS] and Acropolis Container Services), and has added one-click hypervisor conversion while reinforcing multihypervisor support.
The vendor also introduced Nutanix Prism Pro, an optional add-on software license that extends Prism infrastructure management by adding predictive analytics, capacity planning and optimization advisory with Prism Pro X-Fit technology. Illustrating confidence in Nutanix Acropolis software and its easy, nondisruptive upgrade process, 43% of Acropolis users upgraded to the latest 4.6 release within 100 days of it being generally available. Nutanix’s vision and roadmap items are showing further execution on breaking up infrastructure silos and becoming an enterprise cloud platform for all workloads in the data center. Nutanix filed an initial public offering (IPO) in December 2015, which was executed in September 2016.
- Nutanix’s aggressive product development and execution resulted in strong sales growth and larger overall deal sizes across top global enterprise accounts.
- The vendor supports multiple hypervisors, including one-click conversion and cross-hypervisor disaster recovery and backup.
Nutanix Prism, a purpose-built management tool, provides users with a “single pane of glass” for robust nondisruptive compute and storage operations.
Market leaders will typically be able to execute strongly across multiple geographies and other market segments, with integrated systems that cover at least two, if not all three, of the multiple market categories (ISS, IIS and HCIS). They will also have active reference architecture initiatives to address vertical and other more specialized opportunities.
Challengers are typically vendors with proven global presence and market achievement that only target a narrower subset of the market, or that have not yet established themselves across the broader market.
These are typically vendors that are focusing on strong innovation and product differentiation, but are smaller vendors with limited reach or achievement to date, or larger vendors with innovation programs that are still unproven.
Many integrated system vendors will address a more narrow market niche, or they may be vendors with market programs that have not yet established their differentiation and/or execution ability. However, all vendors will have met the inclusion criteria and may address their specific market category with great effect.
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