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How VMware’s vSAN Has Been Performing

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Fiscal 3Q18 marked 8 straight quarters of 150% growth in vSAN bookings

Earlier in this series, we discussed the performance of VMware’s (VMW) EUC (end-user computing) in fiscal 3Q18. Let’s see how the company’s vSAN (virtual storage area network) offering has performed. vSAN is preferred in a scenario where companies prefer to keep their storage as well as computing in one box. VMware targets the HCI (hyper-converged infrastructure) space through vSAN and VxRail software offerings.

In fiscal 3Q18, VMware’s vSAN license bookings rose 150% on a year-over-year basis. In fiscal 2Q18, they reported the same growth. The strong performance of vSAN, VxRail, and other HCI offerings backed this growth.

Fiscal 3Q18 marked eight consecutive quarters of more than 150% year-over-year growth in VMware vSAN bookings. In 4Q17, total vSAN bookings increased nearly 200% year-over-year.

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VMware’s vSAN is the most deployed HCI offering

The above presentation shows the results of Voice of the Enterprise research, a recent study conducted by 451 Research and published on VMware’s blog. The study tracked disruptions in the IT (information technology) space. The research included 64 individual conversations and more than 325 global quarterly web surveys in September and October 2017.

In response to the question, “Which of the following vendors is your organization currently using for its HCI?” VMware vSAN emerged as the most deployed HCI offering at 47.5%, which was more than any other HCI offering. VMware’s other HCI offerings, including VxRail, VxRack, and the XC series, were the second-most deployed HCI offerings. Cisco Systems (CSCO), Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and Nutanix made up the remaining top five places. Through the strategic acquisition of SimpliVity, HPE strengthened its position in the HCI space.

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