VMware EVO:RAIL was announced by VMware at VMworld in San Francisco last year (2014). This is a hyper-converged infrastructure product which means the components that typically make up a traditional IT infrastructure, such as server, storage and networking are consolidated down to a single physical appliance (albeit using a top-of-rack 10Gb switch for inter and external node connectivity).
There are currently nine vendors, including EMC, who have signed up to the EVO:RAIL programme, each of whom will be coming to market with their own hardware offering, on top of which the EVO:RAIL product runs. Want to find out more? Then definitely check out this podcast.
During this episode we cover the following key topics:
- What is EVO:RAIL?
- What is a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?
- How is EVO:RAIL easy to install, configure and manage?
- What parts of the EVO:RAIL solution does VMware provide & which components/parts do EVO partners provide in the overall solution?
- What are some of the differentiators between EVO partner’s offerings? eg: is it just the hardware it runs on? Also, is there the ability for them to include additional functionality/value-add to the solution at the software layer?
- Typical/planned EVO:RAIL use cases
- How does EVO:RAIL differ from EVO:RACK?
- How to find out more about EVO:RAIL
Links mentioned in the show:
- VMware EVO:RAIL site – containing overview
- VMware EVO:RAIL datasheet – provide a good summary
- Mike Laverick’s Blog
Episode Length: 1:02:45s