When you look at the history of hyper converged infrastructure, it’s clear that NetApp is new to the game. But that’s okay. Being new to the HCI market puts NetApp in a great position. Being able to provide convergence between traditional and new applications, between on premises and public cloud, gives us an edge that others don’t have. It causes the competition to stop, stare, and think about how NetApp’s hyper-agile HCI compares to their own product. The market has been reinvigorated. To stay relevant, seamless access to and interoperability with public cloud services is a requirement for the future of this space. Considering how recently NetApp has stepped onto the HCI court, it’s safe to say that NetApp® HCI is a force to be reckoned with, and people are taking notice — including the independent research and advisory firm Forrester Research.


Forrester Research publishes vendor evaluation reports called the Forrester Wave, which compare providers in specific technology markets to help buyers make well-informed decisions without spending months conducting their own research. This year, Forrester evaluated vendors – including NetApp HCI — in the hyper converged infrastructure market. Not only did Forrester identify NetApp HCI as a significant hyper converged system provider in its report, “The Forrester Wave: Hyperconverged Infrastructure, Q3 2018,” it named NetApp HCI a Strong Performer. Now that is something to celebrate.

How do we set ourselves apart?

Taking a deeper dive and examining NetApp HCI against its competitors, it’s evident what makes it different. NetApp HCI is a true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure solution with a unique architecture that serves as the cornerstone of your private cloud strategy. NetApp HCI gives you the flexibility to scale out compute and storage nodes independently. You can dynamically scale up or down on demand, avoiding costly and inefficient overprovisioning and simplifying capacity and performance planning. NetApp HCI also takes quality of service seriously with performance guarantees that provide granular control of every application, eliminating resource contention, delivering three times the storage performance, and increasing compute efficiency by 22%.

Yes, NetApp HCI offers a different model, and it gives you so many wonderful benefits:

  • It works hand in hand with traditional on-premises solutions and the data they generate.
  • It connects to all the major hyperscalers – with the data they generate.
  • It’s fast and easy for consumers.
  • It’s flexible and scalable for enterprise IT and IT Infrastructure.
  • And it’s all connected by the NetApp Data Fabric to accelerate digital transformation.


NetApp is still the new kid on the hyper converged infrastructure block. But just think how NetApp HCI will compare to the rest of the HCI market in the years to come, when it’s already been named a Strong Performer in 2018.


Only NetApp offers public cloud architectures for HCI. This is the future of convergence. Join us on the journey.


Take a closer look at how NetApp HCI compared to the others in the 2018 Forrester Wave for HCI report.

Rob Klusman

Rob Klusman came to Netapp via the SolidFire acquisition, where he ran the America’s System Engineering team. Most recently Rob spent 5 years leading the Oracle Storage team. Rob’s career has spanned leading technology and services companies including Platinum Technology, Inc., Storage Networks Corporation, StorageTek, and Oracle with a continual focus on mission-critical systems. Rob graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BS in Finance and lives in Boulder, CO. Rob is also an Eagle Scout.