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In its Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, IDC says Dell EMC’s share of the HCI segment grew to 29 percent in the second quarter of 2017. This represents year-over-year growth of 149 percent.

Nutanix dropped to No.2, with 20.9 percent of revenue share.

Meanwhile, total HCI sales grew 48.5 percent, year-over-year during the second quarter of 2017, generating $763.4 million worth of sales. This amounted to 24.2 percent of the total converged systems market value.

It also puts Dell EMC’s revenue from HCI at about $221 million and Nutanix’s at about $160 million.

HCI systems remain the fastest growing converged systems segment. IDC breaks the sector into four segments: HCI, integrated infrastructure, certified reference systems, and integrated platforms.

Hyperconverged systems combine core storage and compute functionality into a single, highly virtualized platform. A key characteristic of HCI systems that differentiate these products from other integrated systems is their scale-out architecture and their ability to provide all compute and storage functions through commodity hardware.

Worldwide converged systems vendor revenues increased 6.2 percent year-over-year to $3.15 billion during the second quarter of 2017, according to IDC. The market consumed 1.78 exabytes of new storage capacity during the quarter, which was up 5.6 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

In an email, Chad Sakac, president of Dell EMC’s converged platforms division, said he credited Dell EMC’s top ranking “to an incredible team and to customers’ trust in us to offer the industry’s No. 1 converged and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions that best fit their own needs and goals. While simplicity is the charter, HCI is more than simple, integrated infrastructure. HCI has become a core tenet of customers’ IT transformations as the foundation for simple hybrid clouds for IaaS [infrastructure-as-a-service], PaaS [platform-as-a-service] and container-as-a-service.”

SDxCentral recently sat down with Sakac to talk about why he no longer gets in bar fights about HCI and software-defined storage. Read the full interview with Sakac here.

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