At VMworld this morning, VMware announced it’s latest product, EVO:RAIL.
So just what is EVO:RAIL?
EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged solution for business of many sizes. Partnering with multiple hardware vendors, and utilizing vSphere with VSAN, VMware is able to provide a single product for your datacenter.
With 4 nodes, the EVO:RAIL appliance comes pre-loaded, and you can have VMs spun up in minutes from powering on. These 4 nodes will meet the following minimum specs:
- 2 x 6 Core Processors
- 192GB RAM
- 3 x 1.2 TB SAS HDDs
- 1 x 400GB MLC SSD
- 2 x 10GB NICs
Simply connect the nodes to your 10GB switch, and browse to the appliances IP.
From here, you answer a few questions about IP addresses, gateway, DNS, Time servers, naming conventions, and passwords – and the appliance deploys everything – vCenter, Log inSight, all hosts, etc.
While the vCenter web client is available still for management, EVO:RAIL supplies a new simplified management console for monitoring the appliance and statistics, and then also creating and managing VMs.
I’m excited to see EVO:RAIL out in the real world, and think that this is really going to get a big market share quickly. The appliance handles about 100 normal workload VMs, and the solution can scale up to 4 appliances!
More information will be released this week, so expect more news!