The networking giant is tackling HCI from multiple different angles. Its UCS Server line is used as the hardware component for many software-based HCI partnering vendors; the company has a partnership with Simplivity; it’s a got other partners in the software-defined storage market, and just this year has released the HyperFlex platform, which is its own HCI offering. This product uses licensed software from SpringPath to supply the various components needed to build an HCI system. Since the product is in the earliest stages of being rolled out adoption numbers are low. Given the company’s market share and customer base, Forrester expects HyperFlex to be an important player in the HCI market and for Cisco to continue supplying componentry to other HCI platforms too.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Similar to Cisco, HPE has all the components of an HCI system but only recently packaged them together into a bundled offering.
Its called HC380 and it uses the company’s ProLiant DL380 Servers along with StorVirtual IP SAN and OneView management software, along with some componentry for automatically provisioning and automating workloads in the system. Also like Cisco, because the product is a newbie in the market user adoption is light, but Forrester expects HPE to be a big player.
Chinese networking and telecommunications giant Huawei is relatively new to the HCI market – releasing its FusionCube in 2014. Huawei offers the system with a choice of either all Huawei components, including FusionSphere virtualization and FusionStorage, or it also sells the platform with the option of using KVM or VMware virtualization software. Although the company has relatively nascent market share, it has been approved by SAP to be used as a platform for running HANA, giving it some credibility in the market.
Forrester only has one vendor listed as a “contender” in its wave report and that’s Scale Computing. The company is much smaller than the others in the list and focuses on selling to small and midsized businesses as well as being used for remote and branch office use cases. For these use cases it is a strong HCI vendor, but it has not gained traction in the enterprise market.
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