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 vSAN Ready Nodes.

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 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

Evolve Without Risk

Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works with your overall VMware environment and reduces the risk in digital transformation by using existing tools, skillsets and solutions. Move forward with your current infrastructure choices by leveraging VMware’s large, proven ecosystem of partners to eliminate hardware lock-in with the broadest choice of server vendors. Continue to use your preferred third party software for data protection, file services and more. Built by VMware, enjoy the best integration with vSphere features and discover the flexibility to expand with other VMware SDDC and multi-cloud offerings as your needs grow. Protect current storage infrastructure investments with the only HCI solution built on policy-based management that extends per-VM policies and automated provisioning to modern SAN and NAS storage systems.

Reduce TCO

Lower total cost of ownership by 50% or more with capital and operational savings. Reduce storage CapEx with software-defined storage that leverages server-side economics and affordable flash. Avoid large capital expenses by growing-as-you-go with on-demand, granular scaling of compute and storage that delivers predictable performance and costs. Decrease operational expenses with the rapid deployment of compute and storage infrastructure. Manage the day-to-day operations of compute and storage in one tool and by one team. Additionally, accelerate responsiveness to traditionally time-consuming tasks, from troubleshooting to performance tuning, with intelligent analytics, advanced monitoring and VM-level automation.

Scale to Tomorrow

Prepare for tomorrow’s dynamic business in the multi-cloud era with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from current 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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vSAN Ready Node

vSAN Ready Nodes are the most flexible x86 building blocks on which to deploy VMware hyper-converged infrastructure 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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Join the HCI and vSAN conversations on Twitter @vmwarevsan and @VxRail. And learn more about HCI and vSAN on the Virtual Blocks blog.