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What is Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI)?

Hyper converged infrastructure (HCI) allows the convergence of physical storage onto industry-standard x86 servers, enabling a building block approach with scale-out capabilities. All key data center functions run as software on the hypervisor in a tightly integrated software layer – delivering services that were previously provided via hardware through software.


Grow your ecosystem capabilities with Hyper Converged Infrastructure Powered by VMware vSAN

VMware provides a unique, software-defined approach to hyper convergence, leveraging the hypervisor to deliver compute, storage and management in a tightly integrated software stack. Our industry-leading software for HCI is offered on the broadest set of consumption options, from Dell EMC VxRail™, a turnkey HCI appliance, to more than 200 certified platforms in the form of vSAN ReadyNode.

What is VMware’s Industry-Leading Software for HCI?

HCI powered by vSAN consists of:

  • vSphere: our industry-leading virtualization platform that provides server virtualization.

  • vSAN: the only vSphere-embedded storage solution that delivers flash-optimized, high-performance, hyper-converged storage for virtual machines.

  • vCenter Server: the unified and extensible management solution for vSphere environments.

​​HCI powered by vSAN gives you the broadest choice of hardware deployment options. The vSAN ReadyNode program includes more than 150 certified x86 systems available from all the major server vendors. Dell EMC VxRail is a turnkey hyper-converged infrastructure appliance, jointly engineered by VMware and Dell EMC, which offers the most streamlined deployment experience.

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for Dummies Guide

Learn how to use HCI to eliminate complexity, improve productivity, reduce costs, and more.

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VMware Named Largest HCI Software Vendor

IDC's 2Q2017 WW Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker shows VMware vSAN in the lead.

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Century Link Streamlines Data Center with HCI

vSAN lowers Century Link’s data center footprint.

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HCI 101: What You Need to Know

Learn more about the benefits of HCI.

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