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            What Is Hyperconverged Infrastructure?

            Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is a software-defined, unified platform that combines all the elements of a traditional data center: storage, compute, networking, and management. This simplified solution uses software and x86 servers to replace expensive, purpose-built hardware. With hyperconverged infrastructure, you’ll decrease data center complexity and increase scalability. 

            Traditional three-tier architecture is expensive to build, complex to operate, and difficult to scale. Don't wait for IT infrastructure to support your application demands. Adopt HCI without losing control, increasing costs, or compromising security.

            Hyperconverged Infrastructure Explained 

            Why Should You Evolve to HCI?

            Learn more about hyperconverged infrastructure, the benefits of making the switch, and how to get started.

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            Three Reasons to Adopt Hyperconverged Infrastructure

            Discover how hyperconvergence works and why consolidating can help reduce complexity, cost, and risk.

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            How Does Hyperconverged Infrastructure Work?

            Four tightly integrated software components make up a hyperconverged platform: storage virtualization, compute virtualization, networking virtualization, and the advanced management capabilities to help automate each virtualization. The virtualization software abstracts and pools underlying resources, then dynamically allocates them to applications running in VMs or containers. Configuration is based on policies aligned with the applications, eliminating the need for complicated constructs like LUNs and volumes.

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            What Is the Difference Between Hyperconverged and Converged Infrastructure?

            Hyperconverged and converged IT infrastructures both integrate the four components of a data center. While hyperconverged systems accomplish this through software, making it hardware-agnostic, converged solutions rely on hardware. A converged infrastructure data center uses many of the same products as traditional IT, just with a simplified architecture and easier management.

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            What Can You Do with HCI?

            • Build a private cloud: Deploy cloud-like infrastructure on-premises with lower costs, more control, and improved security. Choose from multiple hardware possibilities from our certified partners.
            • Extend to public cloud: Choose an as-a-service option from the largest HCI cloud ecosystem for faster speed of deployment and less time spent managing infrastructure.
            • Achieve true hybrid cloud: Manage a mix of VM- and container-based applications, deployed across a mix of data center, public cloud and edge environments with VMware hybrid cloud.

            Advantages of Hyperconvergence vs. Traditional, Three-Tier Architecture

            HCI?transforms the?traditional IT?operational?model with simple, unified management of resources.?This results in:

            HCI Makes Operations Simpler

            More Efficient IT Operations and Teams

            Eliminate manual processes and the need for siloed operational expertise on your team. Now, a single, converged IT team can monitor and manage compute and storage resources. With HCI, IT resources are presented as pools of storage that can be dynamically allocated to deliver the right amount of capacity, performance, and protection.

            Lower Costs with HCI

            Better Storage Capabilities at Lower Costs

            Reduce your CAPEX by using a scale-up/scale-out architecture that requires only industry-standard x86 servers, not expensive, purpose-built networking. Then simply add capacity as needed with no disruptions. With HCI, you avoid vendor lock-in and eliminate overprovisioning, meaning greatly reduced infrastructure spending across your data center.

            Greater Agility with HCI

            Greater Ability to Scale

            Be more responsive to rapidly changing business needs. Set up hardware in a few hours; spin up workloads in minutes. Accelerate the performance of business-critical applications like relational databases. HCI enables a future-proof IT environment that allows you to scale up and scale out to easily meet specific application needs.

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            What Impact Can HCI Have on Your Organization?

            Hear more about the key benefits of HCI compared to more traditional architectures. VMware’s Lee Caswell and IDC’s Eric Burgener discuss how to enable ease of management, deployment, scaling, and more.

            Watch the Full Interview (20:28)

            Evaluating Hyperconverged Infrastructure? Three Questions to Ask

            Does hyperconverged infrastructure make IT more efficient?

            Eliminating traditional IT silos and managing everything from a single tool means lower OPEX and CAPEX for your IT infrastructure. And with HCI, you don’t have to sacrifice security, flexibility or scalability. Learn why VMware has the most HCI customers in production worldwide in this infographic.

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            How will HCI integrate with your existing environment?

            To deliver on its potential, a hyperconverged infrastructure solution shouldn’t be tied to a specific hardware platform. VMware HCI allows you the freedom to choose your preferred platform, fully integrate with your existing infrastructure, and protect and optimize existing investments.

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            Can an HCI solution efficiently and cost-effectively grow when, where and how you need it?

            Data center scaling can be a costly, complicated process. VMware HCI is designed for simplicity and scalability for rapidly changing business needs. Only VMware has the complete set of offerings for a fully software-defined data center in production today.

            Benefits of VMware Hyperconverged Infrastructure

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            Broadest Flexibility

            Ensure a common operating environment across hybrid cloud with vSphere, the industry-leading virtualization platform.

            • Get certified solutions with your preferred vendor
            • Use existing virtualization tools
            • Ensure consistent operations from edge to core to cloud

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            Simple Evolution to Full Stack HCI

            Transform your environment smoothly with vSAN, the only vSphere-embedded, flash-optimized storage for virtual machines and containers.

            • Stay native to your hypervisor and leading clouds
            • Protect and optimize current investments
            • Reduce TCO by as much as 50%
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            Intrinsic Security

            Deliver consistent networking and security with our complete virtualization platform, NSX Data Center.

            • Ensure intrinsic security for data at rest and in flight
            • Bring one-click provisioning to your networking and security services
            • Defend against lateral threats across multi-cloud environments
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            Multi-Cloud Capabilities

            Get a modern platform for infrastructure automation, consistent operations, and governance with vRealize Suite, the leading cloud system management software.

            • Easily access infrastructure and application resources on any cloud
            • Unify resources under policy-based management
            • Choose from hundreds of public cloud providers

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            vSAN is the Leading Software for HCI

            Seamlessly evolve to a modern data center with VMware, the #1 choice for hyperconverged infrastructure. VMware vSAN is the only vSphere-native storage software for private and public cloud deployments. Ensure a consistent operating experience plus all-flash performance and unlock a key building block of a complete digital foundation.


            See why VMware is once again positioned as a Leader in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure.

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            Customer Success with VMware Hyperconverged Infrastructure

            HCI is well suited to a wide range of use cases, from business‐critical applications (BCAs) and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to disaster recovery and more. See how VMware-powered HCI delivers simplicity, cost savings and scalability for our customers.

            Anytime, Anywhere Deployment for Cubic

            “We’re using vSAN for hyperconverged infrastructure because of its reliability; it’s stable and lives depend on it. VMware systems are designed to just keep running…it’s an unstoppable system.”

            – Tom Lynott, Director of Software Architecture


            Watch the Video (2:22) 

            Harro Ho?fliger Achieves Greater Agility with Hyperconverged Infrastructure

            “Overall, we’re extremely satisfied with the performance, high availability, manageability and scalability of our new hyper- converged infrastructure, thanks to the Fujitsu Integrated System PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN.”

            - Karsten Ehrlich, Division Leader of IT, Harro Ho?fliger


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            Angel MedFlight Saves Patients’ Lives at 40,000 Feet

            “Without VMware, I don't think that we would have the up time or the reliability to be able to perform what we do at 40,000 feet on a global scale and do what we do best, save patient lives.”

            - Paul Green, CIO, Angel MedFlight


            Watch the Video (2:37) 

            Get Started with Hyperconverged Infrastructure

            Request Your Free HCI Assessment

            Ready to get started on the simplest path toward hyperconverged infrastructure and hybrid cloud? Start by evaluating the readiness of your current environment for HCI with a free, online assessment.

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            VMware HCI Assessment

            More About Hyperconverged Infrastructure

            Moving from Traditional Architecture to Hyperconverged Infrastructure  

            Check out the infographic to see why more organizations are making the switch to address today’s IT challenges.

            vSAN is the Leading Software for HCI  

            Learn more about the only vSphere-native, flash-optimized storage for private and public cloud deployments.

            Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Dummies  

            Understand what HCI is all about, how you can get started, and where you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck in this Dummies guide.

            HCI Deployment Options  

            Find out which factors to consider when deploying hyperconverged infrastructure, explore the countless options, and then choose the one that’s right for you.

            Join the Conversation

            Follow us on Twitter?@vmwarevsan?and?@VxRail, and learn more about HCI and vSAN on the?Virtual Blocks blog.

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