VMware has become an industry leader in hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) software, delivering the single, tightly integrated VMware Hyper-Converged Software (HCS) stack. VMware HCS transforms industry-standard x86 servers and direct attached storage into radically simple hyper-converged infrastructure to help eliminate high IT costs, management complexity, and performance limitations.
VMware Hyper-Converged Software powers lower-cost and higher-performance next-generation hyper-converged infrastructure compared to other HCI vendors. The tightly integrated software stack includes VMware vSphere, the market-leading hypervisor; Virtual SAN, radically simple, enterprise-class native storage; and vCenter Server, a unified and extensible management solution.
Virtual SAN 6.2, the fourth generation of the software-defined storage platform that powers VMware Hyper-Converged Software solutions, delivers the industry’s best storage value with radically simple management, high performance, low cost, and a future-proof roadmap supporting any app, any scale.
The latest release of Virtual SAN extends the cost and efficiency advantages of VMware HCS by delivering up to 10x greater space efficiency. Virtual SAN is optimized for all-flash storage, delivering efficient deduplication, compression, and erasure coding capabilities that enable high performance all-flash systems for less than lower-performing hybrid solutions from the competition. Virtual SAN Quality of Service controls allow business-critical applications to receive the necessary SLAs, while enhanced monitoring and reporting capabilities simplify management through existing vSphere tools.
VMware HCS can be deployed on the broadest set of consumption models—from the jointly engineered VCE VxRail HCI appliance for the most streamlined deployment of VMware HCS, to more than a hundred pre-certified Virtual SAN Ready Nodes available from all major server vendors.
VMware HCS delivers a fundamentally different and transformative architecture to datacenter infrastructure. This suite of software assets—engineered for deployment on Intel® architecture—behaves as a single, tightly integrated layer of software and provides a foundation for hyper-converged infrastructure.
Third-party testing report by the Evaluator Group highlighting vSAN with Intel® Xeon® Scalable and Intel® Optane™ SSDs