Operate with agility on a highly-scalable, cost-effective infrastructure
The ubiquity of server virtualization coupled with technology advances has led to a new architecture for the Software-Defined Data Center: Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI).
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) leverages the hypervisor to deliver compute, networking, and storage from a single x86 server platform, creating a tightly integrated, building block approach to IT infrastructure. HCI allows datacenters to operate with agility on a highly scalable, cost-effective infrastructure that delivers enterprise-class performance, numerous deployment choices, end-to-end integration, and lower TCO.
VMware vSphere and VMware Virtual SAN are the core software technologies that constitute the foundation of VMware's HCI solutions. vSphere and Virtual SAN are seamlessly integrated in a single layer of software that abstracts compute, storage, and networking resources, delivering hyper-converged infrastructure from a single commodity x86 server hardware platform. Unique to VMware HCI is a hypervisor-centric architecture that not only converges hardware, eliminating the need for purpose-built storage appliances, but also converges the software stack in a single layer.
As a building block to the VMware Digital Foundation, VMware vSAN is the only vSphere-native software for hyper-converged infrastructure. vSAN helps customers seamlessly evolve to a modern data center with a consistent operating experience and all-flash performance - capabilities that have made it the #1 HCI software choice for both on-premises deployments and public cloud providers.
vSAN ReadyNodes are x86 servers, available from all the leading server vendors, that have been pre-configured, tested and certified for VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Software. Each ReadyNode is optimally configured for vSAN with the required amount of CPU, memory, network, I/O controllers, and storage (SSDs, HDDs or flash devices).