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When we ask customers the key reason why they choose VMware vSAN over alternatives, most of them say, “because it is so well integrated with vSphere”. When we ask about the key benefits they realize, most customers highlight management simplicity and time savings resulting from vSphere integration.

It is no surprise that most customers purchase vSAN when they are expanding their vSphere environment or setting up a new environment for a new business initiative. Many of them asked VMware to simplify the purchase and the consumption model and provide both vSphere and vSAN in a single Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) package. This is what VMware HCI Kit does. HCI Kits are a single SKU containing vSphere and vSAN and are the simplest way to adopt VMware powered HCI. Customers can get the full HCI experience by purchasing a single SKU from VMware or its partners. As we introduce HCI Kits in several combinations of vSphere and vSAN editions (see below), customers continue to have the flexibility to deploy and upgrade both products independent of each other, should they choose to do so.

The exciting part is that for a limited time, customers can get 20% off the license list price for HCI Kits Worldwide (North America*, AMER**, EMEA, APAC and Latin America). HCI Kits thus offer the most cost-effective way to acquire vSphere and vSAN powered hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). If you are planning for a server or storage refresh or need to expand your current environment, then there’s no better time than now to consider a hyper-converged infrastructure solution. Leverage all the goodness of vSphere and vSAN to lower your costs, simplify operations and reduce risks.

The price promotion on HCI Kits runs from February 1, 2018 – January 25, 2019. The promotion expires at 11:59PM Pacific Time (PT) on January 25, 2019. This promotion applies to non-Enterprise License Agreement transactions only.

HCI Kits are licensed on a per-CPU basis. They are also available on a per VM basis as a pack of 25 VMs for remote office and branch office use case.  The following are the bundled editions:

Data Center Kits

Remote Office Branch Office Kits

 

Why should you care about HCI Kits and this price promotion?

HCI Kits offer the simplest way to adopt VMware powered HCI for a datacenter and/or remote office branch office deployment. Customers can now adopt VMware vSAN and reduce costs, simplify operations and deploy a hyper-converged infrastructure with minimum risk. Here’s how:

  1. Lower Costs: Leverage server-side economics with standard x86 servers and affordable flash. Grow predictably on demand and lower both CapEx and OpEx by up to 50%.
  2. Simplify Operations: Roll out infrastructure and applications with ease. Simplify management using existing tools, skillsets and solutions. Futureproof your investment and prepare for a multi-cloud era with a common storage platform across all your applications, whether running on-premises or in the cloud.
  3. Deploy HCI with Minimum Risk: Leverage VMware’s large, proven ecosystem of partners to choose your preferred hardware platform and 3rd party software services. Expand to a full software-defined datacenter as your needs grow.

To get started, please contact your VMware authorized reselling partner or VMware account representative.

To learn more:

Promotion Overview: www.vmware.com/promotions/2018-vmware-hci-kit.html
FAQs: www.vmware.com/promotions/2018-vmware-hci-kit-faq.html
Terms and Conditions: www.vmware.com/promotions/2018-vmware-hci-kit-terms.html
Applicable SKUs: www.vmware.com/promotions/2018-vmware-hci-kit-skus.html

*North America (United States and Canada)

**AMER (Netherlands Antilles and Curacao)

^HCI Kit w/ Operations Management launches on February 07, 2018