[The Register] Gartner Magic Quadrant for All-Flash Arrays (July 2018)

How is everyone doing in the all-flash array-flinging stakes? Well, you can call Pure Storage Mr Hugo because it’s still the victor. Gartner’s box-fillers have once again jammed seven of the makers into the top right-hand square in its yearly analysis.

NetApp, which was one of a group of three chasing Pure around Gartner’s paranormal polygon last year, has jumped into second place.

HPE, another of the frontrunners, has taken a lead on IBM, which is ahead of Dell EMC. Michael Dell’s company must be pleased that placement doesn’t dictate market revenue share numbers, where it’s on top.

The 2018 magic quadrant for solid-state arrays looks pretty much like 2017’s with most vendors – seven – in the leaders’ box and five spread around the other three quadrants. But this time NetApp has jumped into second place behind Pure.


Here’s last year’s edition of Gartner’s solid-state arrays supernatural square for comparison:


Gartner pointed out that it is too early to rate the recent Dell EMC PowerMax array with its deduplication, which the prior VMAX lacked, and NVMe technology. It noted that Dell EMC is still the largest supplier of solid-state arrays in the market, but its adoption grew at a lower rate than the market in 2017.

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