VMware Takes 42% Q1 HCI Software Market Share

The International Data Corporation (IDC) released its Q1 report for 2020 on June 18th. According to the report, VMware leads the Worldwide Hyperconverged Systems Revenue Attributed to Owner of HCI Software rankings with 42% of the first quarter, 2020 market share. VMware is the biggest name in virtualization and has been for so long that you may not remember that the company began its rise only twenty-two years ago, in 1998.

VMware Marketshare
VMware continues to hold its first place position for three Q1s in a row. Compared to last year, they saw a relative revenue growth of 10%, slightly better than the overall market growth of 8%. Meanwhile, their market share grew by almost 1%. VMWare’s growth is not as impressive as last year’s, but any growth at all under these circumstances is probably a good sign. VMware reports that over 200,000 customers now use vSAN powered HCI systems. The company attributes its growth to cloud-native application support, a broad range of HCI options, and support for customers seeking hybrid cloud solutions.
Similarly, Dell, took the top place in IDC’s Worldwide Hyperconverged Systems as Branded rankings. The IDC combines the revenue, and thus growth, for both Dell and EMC. Their combined revenue for Q1 this year was $666 million. This makes for a 13% relative growth over their revenues last year. Meanwhile, Dell did slightly better than VMware in capturing new market share, growing one and a half percent from 32.1% to 33.6%.
The IDC defines converged systems as pre-integrated, vendor-certified systems containing server hardware, disk storage systems, networking equipment, and basic element/systems management software. Specific to management software, IDC includes embedded or integrated management and control software optimized for the auto-discovery, provisioning, and pooling of physical and virtual compute, storage and networking resources shipped as part of the core, standard integrated system.