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VMware's vSAN HCI, formally Virtual SAN, pools direct-attached storage devices across the network into a distributed and shared data storage, where it maintains storage requirements -- performance, availability, etc. -- set by users, and administered and maintained by vSAN. It is a major player in the hyper-converged infrastructure software market.
With more than 20,000 organizations reported to now be using vSAN hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), IDC's latest numbers showed it accounting for 38% of the total hyper-converged software market, with $694 million in revenue during the second quarter of 2019. That's a 40% increase year over year from the same quarter in 2018, at a growth rate 67% faster than the market as a whole.
As part of the VMware ESXi kernel, vSAN HCI runs on industry-standard x86 servers, operates across a VMware vSphere cluster and, since it is a native component of VMware virtualization, it can be enabled by users with a few clicks -- no additional software is required. VMware vSAN also enforces storage policy parameters, even if there are hardware or software failures and in spite of changes to demands placed on VM workloads.
With this quiz, test your knowledge of vSAN HCI basics. We'll examine major features of VMware's hyper-converged software, how it works, uses cases, various editions and more.