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VMware EVO:RAIL represent the first Hyper-Converged Infrastructure offerings from VMware, announced in VMworld 2014 and available from the second half of 2014, and based (on the software part) on vSphere 5.5 and VSAN 1.0.

Now there is a new software release of VMware EVO:RAIL which includes also support for the VMware EVO:RAIL vSphere Loyalty Program.

One of the most notable improvements is that the scale of the hyper-converged infrastructure appliances are now doubled: from beyond the initial four appliances in a cluster and 16 nodes overall to eight appliances in a cluster and 32 nodes overall. Appliances running the updated EVO:RAIL software will now support approximately 800 general purpose virtual machines or 2,000 virtual desktop virtual machines per cluster.

VMware-EVO-RAILThis new limit is aligned with the vSphere 5.5 limits (where the maxium number of node per cluster is 32).

An there are some enhancements in management: now the hardware replacement process for components in the appliances has been automated. The management interface in the new release of EVO:RAIL software now automates that process for HDDs, SSDs, and 10 GbE NICs.

But note that EVO:RAIL remain still with vSphere 5.5… and not on vSphere 6.0! This point could be really interesting to see when the major release upgrade will be handles. Could be a good sign when VMware itself will consider the new product really ready for the enterprise production environments (see also the upgrade or not upgrade post).

Dell has also two new updates to their line of Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL:

  • They are introducing Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition, a hyper-converged end-to-end virtual desktop infrastructure appliance for VMware EVO:RAIL.
  • They are introducing an updated Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL, infrastructure edition 1.2, which includes support for the VMware EVO:RAIL vSphere Loyalty Program. You can read all of the news from Dell here.

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