VMware Hyper-Converged Software
Powering the industry’s largest Hyper-Converged Infrastructure ecosystem
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is transforming the way private datacenter infrastructure is being built –see this post for an overview of HCI. It eliminates the traditional hardware silos of compute, storage and networking, to move all the intelligence into a single software layer running on industry-standard x86 servers. By doing so, HCI makes private infrastructure a lot simpler, higher performing, and more cost-effective. In essence, the infrastructure starts looking like the datacenters of web-scale companies such as Google or Amazon. We’re seeing these benefits play out across thousands of VMware customers that have deployed and expanded their HCI deployments over the past year.
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure relies on both great hardware and great software. The hardware consists of industry-standard x86 building blocks, serving as the foundation for the entire datacenter. This hardware convergence relies on critical innovations such as flash and faster CPUs.
At the same time – it’s clear that HCI is first and foremost about the software. Software innovation is what makes HCI possible. Compute, storage, networking and management are now delivered as software. For storage specifically – this requires a software-defined, distributed, shared storage model with all the data services typically provided by external SAN or NAS – but all delivered as software on the hypervisor. This distributed software is very hard to build, hence why only a few vendors are able to pull it off.
Let’s introduce you to VMware Hyper-Converged Software
At VMware, we believe we have an incredibly valuable and innovative set of software assets that enables HCI:
- vSphere is, of course, the most widely deployed and proven hypervisor in the industry. It also delivers basic Virtual Machine networking capabilities with vSphere Distributed Switch.
- Virtual SAN provides high-performance, enterprise-class shared storage
- vCenter Server provides unified management across the stack