For the second year in succession, we have been recognized in the "Niche" category by Gartner Inc. in its 2019 Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure. We are so proud to be innovating in the HCI market, of which Gartner predicts that “driven by increased HCI scalability and management functionality, by 2023, 70% of enterprises will be running some form of HCI (i.e., appliance, software, cloud-tethered), up from less than 30% in 2019”.
We all know the Gartner MQ process can take a long time to complete, and that means it typically ends up drawing upon a lot of historic data. This year, even though we were noted for our “extremely efficient solutions that require limited hardware investment for centralized and edge data center locations,” Gartner has placed us in the niche category of the quadrant. For two reasons – the fact that we don’t support VMware, and their perception that we lack international business.
In a hypervisor market still weighted in favor of VMware, we are proud of our innovation to build our solutions on KVM. It not only provides customers with an alternative to VMware and its overbearing licensing costs, but it gives our customers a better way to simplify their IT.
This innovation is what our customers and partners are looking for, and we were recently recognized as a winner in the Converged/Hyperconverged Infrastructure and Desktop/Server Virtualization categories of the CRN® 2019 Annual Report Card (ARC) awards program. We additionally won all subcategories for both categories including: Product Innovation, Support, Partnership, and Managed/Cloud Services.
We beat out competitors such as VMware, Dell and more to receive these top honors (see past award winners listed out below from previous years).
In terms of our international business, the truth is in 2019, we have exploded globally. We have launched new solutions, built out global partnerships with Lenovo and APC Schneider Electric to name a few, and grown our executive team, and this is all supported by our growing independent peer validation via 900+ global use cases, customer reviews and our five star reviews through Gartner Peer Insights.
Scale Computing was originally built for the SMB market, which is why we designed our product to be highly affordable, efficient and simple to operate. But it’s not just in the centralized data center where we are seeing success, distributed enterprise and edge customers are now finding value in a less complicated yet robust solution and because of this we are experiencing high customer demand across the edge market.
At our core is our HC3 platform, which is self-healing and automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects problems in the infrastructure in real-time, therefore enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime even when local IT resources and staff are scarce. This makes it the ideal application platform for any distributed enterprise and global SMB alike, including retail, industrial, finance, ROBO, mobile platforms and IoT, when ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter.
The bottom line is, we're really grateful Gartner included Scale Computing in its MQ for the second year in a row, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in this rapidly evolving space – and as they catch up to where the market is heading.