Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) allows the convergence of physical storage onto industry-standard x86 servers, enabling a building block approach with scale-out capabilities.

VMware provides a unique, software-defined approach to hyperconvergence, 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 VCE VxRail™, a turnkey HCI appliance, to more than 150 certified platforms in the form of Virtual SAN Ready Nodes.

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

HCI powered by Virtual SAN consists of:

  • vSphere: our industry-leading virtualization platform that provides server virtualization.
  • Virtual SAN: 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 Virtual SAN gives you the broadest choice of hardware deployment options. The Virtual SAN Ready Node program includes more than 150 certified x86 systems available from all the major server vendors. VCE VxRail is a turnkey hyper-converged infrastructure appliance, jointly engineered by VMware and Dell EMC, which offers the most streamlined deployment experience.


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VMware Powered Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Enables You To

Respond 10X Faster

Respond to dynamic business needs 10x faster with a simplified infrastructure that allows compute and storage to be effortlessly managed as one. Reduce hardware silos, automate provisioning and change management, and scale your infrastructure easily as your business grows. Eliminate traditional performance tuning and sizing tasks and get more out of your resources with a fully flash-optimized HCI.

Reduce TCO by 50%

Reduce total cost of ownership by 50% by eliminating traditional hardware storage costs with intelligent software-defined storage that accelerates the shift to server economics, affordable flash, and the broadest selection of x86 platforms for HCI. Reduce operational expenses with rapid deployment and simplified day-to-day management using VM-level automation and one familiar management tool, vCenter.

Scale to Tomorrow

Prepare for tomorrow’s dynamic business in the cross-cloud era with a solution designed to leverage the latest hardware technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from business critical applications to next-gen applications using containers. Enjoy a common storage platform for your applications, whether running on-premises or off-premises, and use it as a stepping stone to the cloud. When combined with NSX, a VSAN powered SDDC stack can extend on-premise storage and management services across different public clouds ensuring a consistent experience.

Deployment Options 

VCE VxRail

The VCE VxRail appliance, exclusively available from VCE and VMware, is the easiest and fastest way to implement a VMware powered HCI solution. With the power of a whole SAN in just 2 rack units, it provides a simple, cost effective hyper-converged solution for a wide variety of applications and workloads. With VxRail, IT organizations can start small and easily scale capacity and performance by non-disruptively adding appliances to the cluster without the investment or up-front planning required with traditional infrastructure.

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Virtual SAN Ready Node

Virtual SAN Ready Nodes are the most flexible x86 building blocks on which to deploy VMware hyper-converged software. We have partnered with all the leading x86 server vendors to provide a broad choice of pre-certified hardware, enabling you to deploy hyper-converged infrastructure with maximum flexibility of hardware, software, licenses and support.

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