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Here’s What Made VMware’s vSAN the Largest HCI Vendor

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VMware is the largest HCI software vendor

Earlier in this series, we discussed VMware’s (VMW) vSAN performance in the last quarter. In its 3Q18 earnings release, VMware highlighted that its vSAN was the largest HCI (Hyper-Converged Infrastructure) software vendor in the first half of 2017, based on the sales of HCI solutions running vSAN and as reported by IDC (International Data Corporation) in its Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker for 2Q17.

VMware’s vSAN software also accounted for 40.7% of the overall hyper-converged software revenue in the first half of 2017. That was the largest share of any player during that period.

The above presentation shows the results of IDC’s 2Q17 Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker. The HCI offerings running vSAN accounted for 33.3% of HCI market revenue for the first half of 2017, making VMware the largest HCI software player in the market.

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VMware’s initiatives and investments to scale up in HCI space

In VMware’s fiscal 3Q18 earnings release, Zane Rowe, executive vice president and chief financial officer, said, “Consistent with our philosophy of balancing growth with investments, we will further invest in R&D and go-to-market functions for growth areas such as NSX, our plans for SD-WAN with VeloCloud, vSAN as well as VMware cloud on AWS and other cloud services.”

VMware has put a lot of effort into building its software-defined offerings, including vSAN and NSX. vSAN and NSX are the core pillars of HCI. They’re SDS (software-defined storage) and SDN (software-defined networking) stacks, respectively. VMware further got a boost in the SDN space through the timely acquisition of VeloCloud.

VMware further aims to enhance these infrastructure offerings with security by enriching NSX and vSAN with microsegmentation and encryption, respectively.

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