HCI KitCommunity Edition

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Right Here, with Community Support.

HCI Kit includes SMTX OS and CloudTower of SmartX HCI. Community Edition is freely-available, easy-to-deploy, feature-rich, and community-supported. Prepare standard x86 servers for a 2-hour1 installation & deployment, and start your HCI journey right away.
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To deploy HCI in production environment, please send sales inquiry for a customized solution.

What Will You Do with Community Edition?

Learn. Interested in HCI? Curious at how HCI achieves simplicity, flexibility and efficiency? Get a hands-on experience and see how it runs in your environment.
Evaluate. Considering HCI products? Try it out for yourself and compare with alternatives. Run a proof of concept, ask an expert in the community, before making a decision.
Use. Ready to deploy Community Edition for Dev & Test? Start with small scale before deciding to move up to Commercial Editions.

Experience HCI Core Features

HCI Kit Community Edition

Products & Features

Experience HCI features beforehand via our interactive demo.
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Provides compute virtualization, distributed storage, and network & security.

Compute Virtualization

SmartX’s native hypervisor ELF, with optimized performance.

Distributed Storage

SmartX’s distributed block storage ZBS, with reliability and high performance battle-tested in FSI production environment.

Network and Security

SmartX’s Network and Security product Everoute provides micro-segmentation, securing east-west traffic with distributed firewalls for virtual machines.


Provides multi-cluster management, capable of managing clusters across datacenters with one unified platform.

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Community Edition

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Licensed Edition
Community Edition

Basic, Standard, Enterprise


Basic, Enterprise

License Period

Free 30-day trial

Apply for community perpetual license

Free 30-day trial

Pay for commercial subscription license


Max number of hosts per cluster: 3


Max number of managed clusters: 3


Number of hosts per cluster: 3 - 255


Max number of managed clusters: 1 - unlimited2

Virtualization Platforms

SmartX Native Hypervisor ELF

  • SmartX Native Hypervisor ELF
  • VMware ESXi™
  • Citrix® XenServer®
Include core capabilities of SmartX HCI
  • Distributed block storage
  • VM services
  • Operations & Maintenance
  • Data protection (snapshot)
  • Virtual distributed firewall
  • Multicluster management
Provide extra capabilities including
  • Distributed block storage
    • All-flash storage
    • Intel®️ Optane™️ Persistent Memory support
    • Using RDMA protocol for data transfer among nodes
  • VM services
    • Boost mode
  • Data protection
    • Asynchronous replication, Active-Active cluster
  • Multcluster management
    • Cross-cluster VM migration
    • Content Library
    • Access control and security settings
Service & Support

SmartX community support

Standard service and support

Learn about more differentiation from SMTX OS Spec and CloudTower Spec.

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Installation & Deployment
Minimum Hardware Requirements

Please check the minimum hardware requirements before installation.
Universal x86 servers.

This includes Dell, Lenovo, HP, Inspur, Supermicro, Huawei, and more brands.

At least one, with a base clock speed of 2.1 GHz or above, Sandy Bridge and above.

64 GB or above.

Raid card
One card, need to support the pass-through mode.

Cache SSD
At least one disk, with capacity of 480 GB or above.

At least two disks, with capacity of 1 TB or above.

Boot disk
At least one disk, with capacity of 120 GB or above.

At least one card of 1 GbE and one card of 10 GbE.

You can check the Installation and Deployment Guide for more information.

Apply for Community Perpetual License

Before the 30-day3 trial expires, you can apply for a community perpetual license to use the Community Edition for free.

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