Hyperconvergence is winning over enterprises that are drawn to its potential to ease management, streamline the deployment of new workloads, and optimize infrastructure costs.

As much as 20 percent of business-critical applications currently deployed on three-tier IT infrastructure will transition to hyperconverged infrastructure by 2020, predicts Gartner, which recently gave the technology its own magic quadrant.

The magic quadrant is Gartner’s signature format for tech market analysis, and in prior years, the research firm tackled hyperconvergence as part of its integrated-systems research.

Hyperconverged integrated systems (HCIS) was one of four classes of products – along with integrated infrastructure systems (IIS), integrated stack systems (ISS), and integrated reference architectures (IRA) – that made up Gartner’s integrated systems magic quadrant.