Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/03/ranking_allflash_array_suppliers/

Look out, Gartner: Behold the El Reg all-Flash Quadragon™ wonder map-o-graphic

Where do YOU lie on the Vulturine Main Sequence?

By Chris Mellor

Posted in Data Centre, 3rd October 2013 10:03 GMT

There is a famous 4-box diagram, the one to end all 4-box diagrams; Gartner's Magic Quadrant. How would the all-flash array vendors; start-ups and mainstreamers alike, fare if located in a 4-box diagram space?

The storage desk here at El Reg did just that, using its sophisticated lower abdominal sensing organ and its patent-pending Manky Quadragon concept. The four component rectangles are defined by two axes; the upright one is go-to-market effectiveness (running from low to high) and the bottom (low left to high right) one is innovation.

This is in no way comparable, by the way, to Gartner's famous magic quadrant, with its formal and complex calculated scoring for each vendor in a group. It's more for interest. No vendor has influenced their placement by offering stock, cash or a supply of Starbucks' Americanos, this being independent.

We do have a formal process for dealing with complaints which is to evaluate them carefully, consider them at length, and then preserve them for the rest of the day until the wicker basket in the corner of the room gets emptied by our out-sourced paper recycling service.

Let's get to it, show the chart and then provide a note for each vendor:

All-flash array vendors in a 4-box space

All-flash array vendors in a 4-box space

There we are; our no doubt half-arsed and amateurish effort at comparing and contrasting all-flash array vendors. What do you think? Is it total rubbish? Does it have grains of sense? Does El Reg's Manky Quadragon have a future? ®