What is Hyperconverged Infrastructure?


Combine compute, storage, and networking into a single system with hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). This simplified solution uses software and x86 servers to replace purpose-built hardware so that you can simplify operations, reduce TCO, and rapidly scale.


Three-tier architecture is expensive to build, complex to operate, and difficult to scale. Don't wait for IT infrastructure to support your application demands. Adopt HCI without losing control, increasing costs, or compromising security. 


Hyperconverged Infrastructure Overview

Learn more about hyperconverged infrastructure, the benefits of making the switch, and how to get started.

How Does Hyperconverged Infrastructure Work?

  • All critical data center functions run on a tightly integrated software layer, instead of purpose-built hardware.
  • The three components of a software-defined hyperconverged platform are: compute virtualization, storage virtualization, and unified management.
  • Virtualization software abstracts and pools the underlying resources, then dynamically allocates them to VMs or containers.
  • Configuration based on policies aligned with applications eliminates the need for complicated constructs like LUNs and volumes.
  • Advanced management features further reduce manual tasks and help automate entire operations.

Benefits of Hyperconverged Infrastructure vs. Traditional, Three-Tier Architecture

Simpler Operations

Simpler Operations

Eliminate manual processes and the need for siloed operational expertise on your team. Now, a single, converged IT team can monitor and manage compute and storage resources, freeing up precious staff time.

Lower Costs

Lower Costs

Reduce your CAPEX by using a scale-up/scale-out architecture that requires only industry-standard x86 servers, not expensive, purpose-built networking. Then simply add capacity as needed with no disruptions.

Greater Agility

Greater Agility

Be more responsive to rapidly changing business needs. Set up hardware in a few hours; spin up workloads in minutes. Accelerate the performance of business-critical applications like relational databases.

Evaluating Hyperconverged Infrastructure? Three Things to Consider

Why evolve to hyperconverged infrastructure?

When you eliminate traditional IT silos and manage everything from a single tool, the result is lower OPEX and CAPEX associated with running your IT infrastructure. And with hyperconverged infrastructure, you don’t have to sacrifice security, flexibility, or scalability. Learn why VMware hyperconverged infrastructure has the most HCI customers in production worldwide in this infographic.


How will it integrate with your existing environment?

To deliver most value and ultimately a path to the complete software‐defined data center (SDDC), a hyperconverged infrastructure solution shouldn’t be tied to a specific hardware platform. VMware HCI allows you the maximum choice and flexibility, with the freedom to choose your preferred platform, fully integrate with your existing infrastructure, and protect and optimize existing investments.


Can the solution efficiently and cost-effectively grow when, where, and how you need it?

Data center scaling can be a costly, complicated process. VMware hyperconverged infrastructure is designed for simplicity and scalability so that you can be more responsive to rapidly changing business needs. Only VMware has the complete set of offerings for a fully software-defined data center in production today. This means the agility to deploy applications, standardize IT across environments, and future-proof your IT for public clouds.

“Using vSAN for hyperconverged infrastructure really has made an improvement. We’re using vSAN because of its reliability; it’s stable and lives depend on it. VMware systems are designed to just keep running…it’s an unstoppable system.”


– Tom Lynott, Director of Software Architecture

“The big benefit of [VMware HCI] is being able to just on-the-fly pick up any amount of hardware, any type of server system that we would need, and put them into production without having to worry about high licensing costs.”


– Mark Fournier, Systems Architect

“There is a certainty, an assurance that everything works. Also, we feel we’re at the forefront of technology. There are additional features coming online every month.”


– Sam Akroyd, Technical Services Manager

vSAN is the Leading Software for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Seamlessly evolve to a modern data center with VMware, the #1 choice for hyperconverged infrastructure. VMware vSAN is the only vSphere-native storage software for private and public cloud deployments. Ensure a consistent operating experience plus all-flash performance and unlock a key building block of a complete digital foundation.


See why VMware is once again positioned as a Leader in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure.


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The Most Trusted Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solution



The industry-leading virtualization platform that provides a common operating environment across hybrid cloud.



The only vSphere-embedded, flash-optimized storage for virtual machines and containers that reduces TCO by as much as 50%.

vCenter Server

vCenter Server

A centralized platform that gives you visibility, efficient management at scale, and extensibility—all from a single console.

Benefits of VMware-Powered Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Simple Evolution to Full Stack HCI

  • Stay native to your hypervisor and leading clouds
  • Use existing virtualization tools
  • Protect and optimize current investments

Broadest Flexibility

  • Get certified solutions with your preferred vendor
  • Enjoy day one support for the latest technologies
  • Unify resources under policy-based management

Multi-Cloud Capabilities

  • Ensure consistent operations from edge to core to cloud
  • Gain intrinsic security for data at rest and in flight
  • Choose from hundreds of public cloud providers

More About Hyperconverged Infrastructure

The Forrester Wave: Hyperconverged Infrastructure  

VMware received the highest score in the strategy category and is named a Leader by Forrester Research.

The Most Deployed Hyperconverged Infrastructure  

Find out why almost two-thirds of organizations who adopt HCI have adopted VMware vSAN, according to 451 Research. 

Moving from Traditional Architecture to Hyperconverged Infrastructure  

Check out the infographic to see why more organizations are making the switch to address today’s IT challenges.

vSAN is the Leading Software for HCI  

Learn more about the only vSphere-native, flash-optimized storage for private and public cloud deployments.