PLEASE TELL ME MORE GARTNER!!!
This is what I love about the Gartner folk....they are always comparing new apples to 8 year old apples/oranges.
“[Customers have] the ability to start very small (two to three nodes) and grow resource at a very granular level,” he said. “So the minimum investment in HCIS can be as low as $20-30,000, whereas a blade/SAN-based system generally requires an investment of $300,000 or more.
Most storage systems and compute have the ability to "start small and grow at a granular level". If the SAN /Blade system you are looking at is really $300,000 then there is a ZERO percent chance that the HCI config that will meet your needs is $20,000.
Maybe not the case if your looking at a VMAX or a high end Hitachi but guess what those things deliver a ton of extra value that your HCI setup can't. HCI is great because it simplifies the management, but you always pay a premium for simplicity whether thats in dollars, lack of flexibility, lock in, etc