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Checking in on VMware’s Virtual Storage Area Network Business

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Apr. 2 2018, Updated 1:01 p.m. ET

Virtual storage area networks to include data recovery features

Previously, we discussed Carbon Black’s support VMware’s (VMW) Workspace ONE. According to The Register, at the Sydney VMware User Group conference on March 20, 2018, Cormac Hogan, chief technologist and director of VMware’s Storage and Availability business unit, stated that “we are very focussed on building an ecosystem for VSAN.[1.vertical storage area network]”

Data protection and DR (data recovery) would be key features of this ecosystem so that customers won’t need third-party tools to protect their workload. Hogan said that vSAN in Amazon’s (AMZN) AWS (Amazon Web Services) “gives us an opportunity to do DR.”

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A leader in the hyperconverged infrastructure space

vSANs seem to be favored by companies that prefer to keep their storage and computing in one box. VMware is targeting the HCI (hyperconverged infrastructure) space through its vSAN and VxRail software offerings.

VMware’s vSAN license bookings rose 100% and 130% YoY (year-over-year) in fiscal 4Q18 and fiscal 2018, respectively, backed by the strong performance of its vSAN, VxRail, and other HCI offerings. Fiscal 4Q18 marked the ninth consecutive quarter of 100% YoY growth in VMware vSAN bookings. Based on its total annual fourth-quarter bookings, vSAN now has a $600 million run rate. In 4Q17, its total vSAN bookings increased nearly 200% YoY. According to Michael Haag at VMware, IDC Research and 451 Research have reported that core HCI software is critical to the fast-growing HCI market, and VMware’s vSAN is leading this space.

Haag wrote that “in IDC’s 2Q 2017 Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, the total value of hyperconverged solutions running VMware vSAN accounted for 33.3% of 1H2017 HCI market revenue, making HCI systems powered by vSAN the largest portion of the hyperconverged systems market.” He added that, in a 451 Research survey, VMware vSAN emerged as “the leading deployed HCI solution.”

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