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We’re excited that VMware has been named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software for the fourth time. This year, we have been once again been recognized highest and furthest for our completeness of vision in the Leaders Quadrant.

We believe this recognition reflects the strength of our full-stack, software-defined infrastructure solution, VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF), our industry-leading hybrid cloud ecosystem and integration with VMware Tanzu to expand our VM control plane to Kubernetes-orchestrated workloads. VCF expands HCI from integrated storage and compute (vSAN) to a full software stack with software-defined networking and advanced management available across the hybrid cloud. VMware uniquely delivers developer-ready infrastructure that is uniquely extensible to the public cloud, creating a complete infrastructure modernization journey without dead ends – let’s look at how.

Accelerate IT Today

Over 20,000 customers trust VMware HCI for high-performance, agile infrastructure that simplifies IT operations. By deploying vSAN, or Core HCI, customers significantly simplify management and operations by consolidating the silos of compute and storage onto industry-standard x86 servers, managed by a unified infrastructure team. In a recent survey, vSAN customers reported they spent 51% less time on routine storage tasks with HCI, freeing up team members for critical innovation projects1.

vSAN hybrid cloud

VMware continues to innovate by broadening the storage capabilities of vSAN, applying the simplified processes of HCI to file, object and external storage. Customers can now provision file shares natively within vSAN, and we’ve announced partnerships with object storage technology partners Cloudian and MinIO through the vSAN Data Persistence platform. Uniquely, VMware vSAN bridges the gap between HCI and traditional storage with vSphere Virtual Volumes, or vVols, which provides a consistent storage control plane across HCI and external arrays.

unified storage operational model

To rapidly modernize, customers can further evolve their infrastructure to VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF), or Full Stack HCI, for a completely automated private cloud – while protecting their existing investments. Only VMware has the enterprise-grade underpinnings for the full stack that includes NSX (network virtualization) and vRealize (advanced management) in addition to vSAN and vSphere.

Deliver Developer-Ready Infrastructure for Tomorrow

VMware’s software-defined HCI solution is an ideal foundation as customers increasingly look to deploy modern (cloud native) applications in containers. This year, VMware launched the largest update to the hypervisor in 20 years, by natively integrating Kubernetes within vSphere, which removes barriers between the developer and IT teams through a unified platform for managing both virtual machines and containers in a single hybrid cloud infrastructure stack. Over 45% of vSAN users have already deployed cloud-native applications on vSAN, making it a trusted solution for next-generation applications. As VMware HCI enables systems administrators to manage both traditional VMs and containers with the same toolset, it helps IT adopt cloud-native applications by bridging the skills gap for admins that may not be experts in managing infrastructure for cloud-native apps.

customers trust vSAN

IT has rapidly embraced using the hybrid cloud to keep their organizations running, scaling in the public cloud to meet large increases in infrastructure demand. vSAN enables businesses to build a true hybrid cloud, offering customers consistent infrastructure and operations across hundreds of public cloud providers, including the six largest hyperscalers: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Alibaba and Oracle, as well as hundreds of regional providers, such as Lumen (formerly CenturyLink) and OVH.

HCI ecosystem

VMware HCI – the Easy Choice for Infrastructure Modernization

With VMware HCI, customers can modernize at their own pace. They can evolve from existing virtualization investments to Core HCI and Full Stack HCI, use a consistent infrastructure both on-premises and in the cloud, and manage both VMs and containers with a consistent toolset and operating model.

Get Started Today

We believe VMware HCI, through vSAN and VCF, give you the best options for realizing value today while future proofing you for tomorrow, and we encourage you to learn more by downloading the Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure and looking through the other resources below:

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software, Jeffrey Hewitt, Philip Dawson, Julia Palmer, Tony Harvey, 7  December 2020

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