Sangfor Named as a Representative Vendor for Full-Stack HCI Software

Recently, Gartner Inc., a company that delivers actionable, objective insight to executives and their teams., published the Market Guide for Full-Stack Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software1, in which Sangfor Technologies is named as 1 of 6 Representative Vendors. We believe that this research provides leaders of infrastructure and operations (I&O) with up-to-date information to consider if a full-stack HCI software solution is a good fit for their organization and to evaluate HCI software providers based on their implementation requirements.

A Burgeoning Full-Stack HCI Software Market

This is the first time Gartner published the Market Guide for Full-Stack Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software, defined by Gartner as "a complete software solution that includes virtualized compute, storage and networking from a single instantiation running on server hardware".

We think that the release of this new Market Guide reflects the growing popularity of full-stack HCI software, a market that Gartner reports is worth "more than $1 billion worldwide". The research also predicts that "through 2024, more than 75% of data center x86 workloads will continue to use hypervisor-based virtualization, down from approximately 80% in 2020, and despite cloud migration and container adoption". While this figure is a slight depreciation from 2020, we believe it still indicates the continued importance of the on-premises data center in spite of ongoing public cloud adoption with containers.

Moving Towards Deeper Convergence

According to the Market Guide, "this move to full stack aligns with one of the initial drivers of the HCI space — the preference for organizations to obtain a broader range of infrastructure support from a single provider." We believe this has prompted HCI software providers to increasingly converge more elements into their software stack, including infrastructure management and monitoring, cloud management, container management – and security in the case of Sangfor – on top of the traditional data center elements of compute, storage, and networking. The report also mentions that “HCI software has become the mechanism for driving solutions that are focused on specific use cases or geographic niches, while there are also some solutions that focus broadly on more cloud-related functionality.”

Sangfor Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI)

Sangfor Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is a full-stack HCI software solution that leverages the world’s most advanced virtualization technology to provide ultimate performance and reliability, reduce your data center footprint, and simplify operations and maintenance.

Sangfor HCI converges compute, storage, networking, and infrastructure, cloud, and container management into a unified software stack that runs on Sangfor’s aServer appliance or on commercially available x86 servers, delivering an agile, simple, resilient, and scalable software-defined data center. As a leading cyber security vendor, Sangfor is also the first HCI provider to virtualize proprietary security capabilities into its HCI software to provide robust infrastructure and data security.

Sangfor HCI Component Component Name
Hypervisor aSV
Storage aSan
Networking aNet
Security aSec
Infrastructure & Cloud Management SCP (Sangfor Cloud Platform)
Container Management KubeManager
Data Backup CDP (Continuous Data Protection)
Disaster Recovery aDR
Distributed Storage aStor


Sangfor HCI supports a range of use cases that drive digital transformation initiatives of organizations in various industries, including data center consolidation, cloud transformation, mission-critical application hosting, hybrid cloud, virtual desktop infrastructure, distributed storage, and back up and disaster recovery.

Sangfor HCI is trusted by more than 100,000 customers worldwide, including Fortune Global 500 companies, government organizations, financial institutions, universities, and hospitals. It has received numerous industry recognitions from reputable global analyst firms. We were recognized as a Representative Vendor in 2022 Gartner Market Guide for Server Virtualization2, and a Sample Vendor for Hyperconvergence in Gartner Hype Cycle™ for Storage and Data Protection Technologies, 20223.

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  1. Gartner Inc., Market Guide for Full-Stack Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software, Jeffrey Hewitt et al., March 14, 2023
  2. Gartner Inc., Market Guide for Server Virtualization, Michael Warrilow et al., February 7, 2022
  3. Gartner Inc., Hype Cycle for Storage and Data Protection Technologies, 2022, Julia Palmer et al., July 1, 2022.

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