Here's Who Made Gartner's 2018 Magic Quadrant For Solid-State Arrays

Leader: Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has integrated its 2017 acquisition of Nimble Storage into its solid-state portfolio. HPE's 3PAR StoreServ is positioned for growth within the data center market, while the Nimble AF-series is for buyers heavily focused on simplicity, resiliency and cloud integration. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company's predictive analytics engine, InfoSight, is an advanced AI-based platform that can analyze issues throughout customers' infrastructure and automate Level 1 and Level 2 support. Additionally, Hewlett Packard Enterprise now offers cloud integration for both StoreServ and Nimble products. HPE ranks No. 4 for both execution and vision on the Magic Quadrant.

Strengths: HPE's SSA portfolio is based upon efficient architectures that allow cost-effective use of solid-state drive technology supported by data reduction guarantees that enable attractive pricing for customers. Both 3PAR and Nimble series can utilize NVMe technology and storage-class memory.   

Weaknesses: The company's portfolio lacks an established stand-alone network attached solid-state storage platform for file and object workloads. HPE's 3PAR and Nimble products have different GUIs and cloud integration abilities, and cannot replicate or share data between each other.