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Hyper-Converged Market Leaders: Forrester Scores 11 Top Providers

CRN breaks down Forrester's hyper-converged scorecards and rankings on the leading HCI software providers including VMware, Pivot3, Cisco, NetApp, HPE and Nutanix.

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Leader: VMware

Product Evaluated: vSAN version 6.7

Product Score: 3.82

Strategy Score: 4.60

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based virtualization leader ranks the highest in terms of HCI strategy and runner-up in overall product offering. VMware's vSAN version 6.7 scored a perfect 5 in three categories: solution scalability, professional services and consulting abilities, and product strategy. The company scored strong in every category expect storage functions.

VMware vSAN is a software-defined, hardware agnostic solution integrated into its vSphere hypervisor. All VMware hypervisors now include vSAN bits, customers just need to activate the HCI function. Through the company's architecture, licensing and go-to-market strategy, VMware has gained significant market momentum in a very short time. The company has an engineering-centric partnership with public cloud powerhouse Amazon Web Services to enable hybrid cloud, including vSAN-as-a-Service. VMware dedicates a large R&D team to vSAN development and integration with applications from its ecosystem vendors. Forrester said since vSAN only works with vSphere, customers have limited options when they prefer to use other hypervisors.

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