Once again, VMware vSAN powered HCI Systems lead the overall market for the first quarter of 2020, according to the IDC Worldwide Converged Systems Tracker.
The tracker reports that HCI systems running VMware vSAN software accounted for 42.4% share of the market revenue generated during the quarter. Additionally, revenue generated from the sale of HCI solutions running VMware vSAN software grew at 10.8% year over year, greater than the overall market growth rate of 8.3%. VMware believes IT organizations of all sizes are turning to hyperconverged infrastructure as their default compute and storage infrastructure. Notably, 1Q2020 external OEM storage spending declined by 8.2% in% at the same time as HCI’s continued growth, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker for Q1 2020.
IDC Data Shows VMware vSAN Powered HCI Systems are #1
In the latest quarter, Q1 2020, the sale of systems running VMware vSAN software led the HCI market, with $841 million in revenue, up from $759 million the year prior. During the quarter, the HCI market grew at 8.3% year over year, but systems running vSAN software grew at 10.8%, which is 30% faster than the market overall. According to VMware, vSAN has over 20,000 customers with the majority of the Global 2000 using VMware HCI.
Why Customers Continue to Choose VMware vSAN
While there are many reasons why customers choose vSAN as their HCI software, VMware wanted to highlight three reasons why we believe systems running vSAN continue to make it such a popular choice: deployment flexibility, support for cloud-native applications and a path to the hybrid cloud.
Industry-Leading Deployment Flexibility
VMware provides the broadest choice of consumption options for HCI including:
- Over 500 pre-certified vSAN ReadyNodes™ from all major server vendors for complete flexibility in aligning with customer’s vendor preferences and experiences. Customers can choose from compute-centric, storage-centric and balanced servers depending on workload requirements, with a variety of storage media from all-NVMe for performance to hybrid for cost-effectiveness
- VxRail, a jointly engineered solution from Dell EMC™ tailored for ease of deployment
- VMware also offers a fully managed infrastructure-as-a-service on-premises with VMware Cloud on Dell EMC
- VMware partners also offer infrastructure as-a-service in private data centers, such as VMware Cloud Foundation on HPE Synergy with HPE GreenLake
- VMware also partners with leading cloud providers to provide customers consistent infrastructure and operations from the private data center to the public cloud
Cloud-Native Application Support
VMware has long supported container-based workloads, but with vSAN 6.7 Update 3, VMware took a major step forward, introducing a native control plane for container persistent storage. IT admins can use existing tools to support cloud-native applications, and the infrastructure makes it easy for developers to seamlessly consume storage. In vSAN 7, vSAN now supports file service protocols NFS v4.1 and v3 for cloud-native applications orchestrated by Kubernetes, expanding the use cases for cloud-native applications on vSAN. Web server applications such as NginX and Tomcat will run much more efficiently, as they will share a file repository instead of duplicating data for each instance. In addition to file services, vSAN supports vSphere Add-on for Kubernetes (formerly known as Project Pacific), which enables stateful containerized workloads to be deployed on vSAN datastores.
Seamless Path to Hybrid Cloud
vSAN is a critical component VMware’s infrastructure control plane from edge to core to cloud. vSAN enables consistent processes in a true hybrid cloud architecture; no application replatforming required. Admins can use the same tools and processes used on-prem, eliminating training requirements and siloed teams and expediting time-to-value. vSAN’s leading cloud provider network, including the six largest public cloud providers, gives users the option to build a hybrid cloud with hundreds of public cloud providers, allowing users to select a vendor that meets their specific needs.
- Read about vSAN 7, the latest release or watch the vSAN 7 Overview video
- See how VMware HCI supports modern applications in VMware Cloud Foundation 4
- VMware HCI customers value the breath of deployment options. Learn more about the HCI ecosystem.