EVO:RAIL is scalable and modular architecture housed in a small form factor (2U/4N Form factor including compute, storage, network and management resources), with flexible hardware configuration (with 8 Global Qualified EVO:RAIL Partners), able to scale out up to 16 appliances (64 nodes).
In only one year of history it has grow more and more in capabilities and also in adoption. But also in version 1.2 was still based of vSphere 5.5 and VSAN 1.0, until now!
Finally EVO:RAIL got a products upgrade to version 6.0 both for vSphere and VSAN. EVO:RAIL 2.0 introduces several major enhancements and new capabilities that broaden the applicability of the now proven and reliable EVO:RAIL technology to all virtualized workloads, including Tier-1 production and mission-critical applications.
This mean also double scaling (due to vSphere and VSAN 6): Scale to 16 appliances (2x) for 64 server nodes in a single cluster. But also more performance: 40K IOPS/host (2x) and 800 VMs/appliance (2x).
And EVO:RAIL appliances are now available in flexible configurations, providing customers choice when selecting hardware platforms while still enabling the transformational EVO:RAIL User Experience. Uup to 100 configuration options, by mantaining the form factor fixed to 4 node for each 2U appliance.
But the news are not only on EVO:RAIL, also on EVO:SDDC (formerly EVO:RACK). In the VMwords of the past year there was a technical preview of EVO:RACK, that basically was an integrated solution of EVO:RAIL, VMware NSX and top of the rack (ToR) switches. The idea is buil a modular rack for the software defined datacenter.
At VMword US 2015 VMware has launched the EVO SDDC, providing the complete VMware SDDC software stack to build and run a private cloud, included also:
- Introduction of EVO SDDC Manager, previously referred to as the EVO:RACK Manager
- Open sourcing of Hardware Mgmt Services (HMS), an architectural component of EVO SDDC
- Several partnership plans (with VCE, Quanta and Dell) to build integrated systems based on the EVO SDDC