[Update 19/09] Due to an unexpected level of interest we have extended the dates for updates and publication of the report – now targeted for the second week of Oct!


The first WhatMatrix Landscape report was downloaded over 1000 times on the first day of its release! Three further reports are now scheduled to be published in 2018 to provide independent analysis of the following technology areas:Cloud Management Platforms (coming soon! Sep 5th), SDS & HCI solutions (Sep/18) and Blockchain platforms (Q4/18).

WhatMatrix Landscape Reports are a point-in-time snapshot analysis of technical solution capabilities. They include key industry trends, impartial technical assessments of vendor capabilities, and supporting information that enable the reader to make well-informed product evaluations and purchase decisions.

Thanks to Category Consultant Herman Rutten & team you can expect a great line-up of leading and emerging SDS and Hyperconverged platforms that will be evaluated and ranked in the upcoming report including (in alphabetical order):

Cisco (HX), DataCore (SSY), Dell EMC (VxRail), HPE (Simplivity), Microsoft (Storage Spaces Direct), NetApp (HCI), Nutanix (ECP), Pivot3 (Acuity), VMware (vSAN) – with an exciting new entry from Datrium (DVX).

All products will be reviewed using a fully disclosed taxonomy of 100+ technical evaluation points. All evaluations will be performed by the listed independent community consultants. Results and ranking are expected to be announced within 3 weeks after the review period.

Timeline / release dates for SDS & HCI

  • Wed, Sep 12th: Accepting updates through vendors or open community curation: no later than Wed Sep SDS & HCI Landscape12th
    (contact your category consultant, use the in-comparison feedback or this form).
  • Last week of Sep: Report will be published
    [19/09] Report expected to be published in the 2nd week of October


Community consultants reserve the deciding vote on all evaluations in order to ensure vendor-independent results.
In case of unresolved disagreements WhatMatrix will employ peer reviews and (if required) board review to resolve them.
All products listing will be subject to Open Community Curation enabled by WhatMatrix to ensure independent evaluations.
We are looking forward to a great “What SDS & HCI 2018” campaign!

Herman Rutten – Category Consultant [SDS&HCI] & contributing consultants

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Herman Rutten

I've been part of the IT world for almost 20 years now. During that time IT infrastructure in general and enterprise storage in particular have always played a significant role in my work. I've had my hands on a wide range of storage technologies, both good and bad, both innovative and conservative. Even as my job description grew broader in scope over the years, a soft spot has always remained for the continuing evolution of the enterprise storage landscape.

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