Scale Computing Recognized in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Gartner recently announced its Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) in which they placed Scale Computing in the "niche" category. As one of the early pioneers to launch HCI back in 2012 at VMworld - and the only one still privately held, independent, and on the cusp of profitability - it’s great to be included in the first-ever focused HCI MQ.

We all know the Gartner MQ process can take a long time, and even though this one is dated 2018 - the figures within the report are drawn from our 2016 results. We are placed in the niche category of the quadrant for two reasons - our lack of international business (back in 2016) and because we don’t support VMware.

The truth is that last year we exploded globally, after hiring a new EMEA vice president to support a growing marketing and sales team in the region. Our global channels grew by 100 percent in the last 12 months alone.

We formed a global partnership with Google to provide a hyperconverged, hybrid cloud solution that enables us to extend the HC3 platform into the cloud.  We began our journey into the hybrid cloud with the announcement of our HC3 Cloud Unity DRaaS solution. New partnerships included tech leaders like Lenovo, APC, WinMagic and NComputing.

Why this explosion of interest and sales globally? Well because we pioneered a different way of advancing hyperconverged technology, which has been met positively by our customers and partners. This has led to a wildly successful year in the midmarket space and it doesn’t stop there. We are seeing a huge uptick in retail, Fortune 500, and distributed enterprise customers as they embrace our solutions on-premises, at the edge and in the cloud.

We’re in our 10th year of business and sixth year of offering our HC3 product as a highly-available, low-overhead, VMware-alternative data center solution for the mid-market, distributed enterprise, IoT and edge computing. We see the greatest potential for near-term adoption of hyperconverged computing in these markets, which represent more than 1 million companies globally. 

Regarding VMware, we think there’s a better direction ahead for customers, which we’re proud to lead. IDC recently placed Scale Computing near the front of the pack (and ahead of VMware) regarding both strategy and capability. And TechTarget said we "have the best technology, not just for SMBs but many larger shops as well."

In a hypervisor market still weighted in favor of VMware, one of our smartest innovations was building our solution on KVM to provide customers with an alternative to VMware and its overbearing licensing costs. We recognized the fact that hypervisors had already become a commodity for IT customers. By saving our customers from the costs of VMware, we are freeing their budgets to take on new projects they weren’t able to fund previously.

And is there room for another hypervisor stack like Scale’s HyperCore in the market? You bet.

In 2016, an IDC survey showed that 26 percent of the market has deployed more than one hypervisor. And another 23 percent planned to deploy an alternative one in the future. This means that more than half of the market will be multi-hypervisor in the future, likely including KVM-based alternatives like HyperCore.

So, while Gartner’s niche category might seem limiting, the market for converged systems with non-VMware hypervisors is wide open, and Scale leads that market.

As Justin Warren once wrote about Scale in Forbes, “Overall, the Scale offering seems to match their positioning well: it’s targeted at mid-size firms who don’t want all the extended bells and whistles (and prices!) that come from servers with VMware ESXi, or a higher end converged system like a Nutanix or SimpliVity.”

Already, industry giants like Google, AWS and Apple are welcoming KVM as an alternative to VMware. And the confidence they convey when choosing KVM aligns with our technology vision and leadership.  

The bottom line is, we're grateful Gartner included Scale in the MQ, and we look forward to continuing to work with them as their "lens" catches up to where we see the market heading.

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