Yesterday, VMware nnounced EVO: RAIL a new hyper-converged building block that best fit for SMB who wants a complete solution for building out a virtualized infrastructure.
EVO:RAIL is a bundle of software that combines storage virtualization, network and compute with vSphere and VMware VSAN into a single appliance that is optimized to run on EO:RAIL hardware.
And yes, VMware is NOT into hardware market. Hardware is delivered by VMware partners which are named at the Keynote speech, Dell, Fujitsu, Inspur Group, Netone, Supermicro Computer and EMC.
EVO:RAIL is best fit for remote office/branch office or secondary business unit location without a huge investment in a full data center infrastructure.In fact this is one of the major EVO:RAIL use cases.
EVO:RAIL appliance comes with 4 hardware nodes. Each node has the specs mentioned in VMWare Blogs:
- Two Intel E5-2620 v2 six-core CPUs
- 192GB of memory
- One SLC SATADOM or SAS HDD as the ESXi™ boot device
- Three SAS 10K RPM 1.2TB HDD for the VMware Virtual SAN™ datastore
- One 400GB MLC enterprise-grade SSD for read/write cache
- One Virtual SAN-certified pass-through disk controller
- Two 10GbE NIC ports (configured for either 10GBase-T or SFP+ connections)
- One 1GbE IPMI port for remote (out-of-band) management
Each node should be able to deliver 100 VMs or 250 virtual desktops so EVO:RAIL appliance should be able to deliver total of 400 VMs or 1000 virtual desktops (Awesome, isn’t it?)
As per VMware documents, RACK your nodes (RAIL’m) and the system will take no more than 15 minutes to be in production.
Now are you ready to get introduced to EVO:RAIL??