Leader: Dell EMC
Dell EMC is the largest supplier of SSAs in the market with its most popular products being the VMAX All Flash and Unity All-Flash series. VMAX All Flash only provides compression, but the company's new PowerMax product now offers deduplication and is based on faster NVMe Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) technology. Gartner did not rate Dell EMC on its PowerMax array for this Magic Quadrant. Dell EMC also recently unveiled a new version of XtremIO X2 that adds native replication. A software-defined storage version of Unity enables servers with internal solid-state drives to become virtual storage arrays and locations for Unity array snapshots. Dell EMC ranks No.3 for execution and among the middle of the pack for vision on the Magic Quadrant.
Strengths: Dell EMC offers a large portfolio of SSAs that can address a variety of block and file workloads with broad data reduction features. The company also offers a storage loyalty program focused on enhancing the customer experience.
Weaknesses: The company's All Flash, Unity All-Flash, XtremIO, Dell EMC SC and Isilon SSA product families have different administration and configuration GUIs, and require extra options or products if data is to be replicated between them.