Software Reshapes the Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Market

Recently, Gartner, Inc. recognized VMware as a leader in its inaugural Magic Quadrant for Hyper-converged Infrastructure based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision. The research firm revised its model to place greater emphasis on the underlying software that powers hyper-converged infrastructure solutions, a trend that is animating today’s market.

Software Defines the HCI Market
While hyper-converged infrastructure solutions always include both software and hardware, innovation in software increasingly defines the market. VMware vSAN is the leading HCI software product and is delivered both as an engineered appliance, namely the Dell EMC VxRail and VxRack products, and as software certified with an open ecosystem of server platforms, called vSAN ReadyNodes. Most recently, vSAN software has also been offered in the public cloud as HCI-as-a-service, called the VMware Cloud for AWS.

“Success with the HCI software-model requires a vibrant partner ecosystem, which is core to VMware’s DNA,” says Lee Caswell, vice president of VMware’s product, storage and availability business unit. “Every week, our team certifies new server platforms that have been jointly tested with our partners for compatibility and we believe this partner-centric approach sets us apart from other HCI software companies.“

Software vendors are well positioned to execute on the evolving hyper-converged market, in part, because they are unencumbered by hardware development. Consequently, hyper-converged infrastructure software providers can set the pace of innovation and add new features at a torrid pace. That is how software is driving the HCI market.

“Our vSAN customers quickly discover the power of an operational model that is application centric rather than silo specific,” says Caswell. “The vSAN software model allows customers to quickly extend their operational leverage beyond compute and storage to virtual networking, beyond virtual machines to containers, and beyond traditional applications to cloud-native applications.”

Customer Validation
To date, more than 10,000 customers have made VMware vSAN part of their data center modernization initiatives. VMware has seen accelerated growth for hyper-converged infrastructure solutions that deliver breakthrough storage agility, flexibility, and security for both traditional and cloud-native applications running on-premises and in the public cloud.

“I’d like to salute our bold early customers who selected us before these industry accolades,” says Caswell. “Without their vision and direction, none of our success would have been possible.  The surging success of vSAN is based on the terrific customer experience that we are seeing across the globe.”

For customers looking to anticipate the cloud, VMware offers a consistent operational model that extends from the edge to the core data center to the public cloud. This simple operational model that customers manage the fast pace of change associated with every company looking to digitally transform their business.

“It’s an exciting hybrid cloud vision that only VMware offers,” says Caswell.