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HCI Heats Up in Vegas With VMware, Cisco, Veeam, and Pivot3

August 29, 2018 / Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

LAS VEGAS — Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) continues to be a hot topic at this year’s VMworld with HCI news from VMware and other vendors including Cisco, Veeam, and Pivot3. During a Tuesday keynote, VMware executives said more than 15,000 customers use its HCI stack, which is the top-selling hyperconverged software, according to IDC. Half of all global 2,000 companies use VMware’s HCI, and these customers include T-Mobile, Honeywell, Samsung, Symantec, and Telefonica, the company claims. A day earlier VMware announced a new release of vSAN, its software-defined storage that’s the foundation of its HCI. The update allows admins to spin up HCI clusters faster. And it also said future vSAN software releases will be synchronized with sister brand Dell EMC’s VxRail updates. VxRail appliances are turnkey HCI systems jointly engineered by Dell EMC and VMware.