Solid-State Arrays Research Methodology
To make Gartner's 2018 SSA Magic Quadrant, vendors must offer a self-contained, solid-state-only system that must be initially sold with 100 percent solid-states drives (SSDs) which cannot be reconfigured or upgrade with any form of hard-disk drives (HDDs). Vendors must sell their solution as a stand-alone product as well as provide support and maintenance services.
Gartner's Magic Quadrant ranks vendors on their ability to execute and completeness of vision and places them in four categories: Niche Players (low on vision and execution), Visionaries (good vision but low execution), Challengers (good execution but low vision) and Leaders (excelling in both vision and execution).
Here are the 12 vendors that made Gartner's solid-state arrays Magic Quadrant, along with Gartner's assessments of each company's strengths and weaknesses in the space.