Hyperconverged infrastructure vendors: The main players compared

The best hyperconverged vendors and products on the market


Hyperconverged infrastructure is increasingly being adopted by organisations of all sizes as they seek to simplify their back-end systems and cut down on power usage and rack space.

Hyper-convergence is a way to bring together vital infrastructure functions, usually in one box: server, storage and networking, managed with software and often with automated processes. Hyperconverged products typically rely on modular plug-and-play hardware combined with local storage, instead of a storage area network (SAN). (Read next: Composable infrastructure – the next step towards the software defined data centre?)

Analysts are expecting hyperconverged to continue to take off in a big way. Gartner, for instance, expects that the market will be worth nearly $5 billion by 2019 when uses for the technology extend out into more mission-critical enterprise applications.

The two main pioneers for hyperconverged were generally considered to be Nutanix and Simplivity. They have been joined by many of the more established and well-known vendors, some of which offer their own standalone platforms, while others like Lenovo build on existing technology. While HPE was already in the hyperconverged market, it splashed out on Simplivity at the turn of 2017 for $650 million.

According to recent data from IDC, sales for hyperconverged infrastructure leaped 65 percent year on year in the first quarter of 2017. That accounts for almost a quarter of all converged systems sales at 25 percent of the total market, or $665 million (£512 million) in sales.

We’ve noted some use cases where you can see the benefits from the customer point of view and you can read our explainer on hyperconverged infrastructure.

Here’s a roundup of the main hyperconverged infrastructure vendors that your business needs to consider.