VMware Expands EVO:RAIL Compute, Server, Storage Portfolio
Offering expanded storage and compute options on EVO:RAIL will provide higher-capacity platforms so customers can run greater numbers of virtual machines.VMware is expanding its EVO:RAIL converged compute, server and storage appliance portfolio with new hardware and software options. VMware's customers can now choose EVO:RAIL appliances that include dual 6-, 8-, 10- or 12-core Intel Haswell or Ivy Bridge CPUs, with up to 512GB of memory available per node. Storage is a big focus in the new EVO:RAIL rollout, with two virtual storage area network (SAN) configurations. The VMware Virtual SAN configuration Option One can now enable up to 14.4TB of raw storage capacity per appliance, while Option Two can deliver up to 24TB of raw storage. Offering expanded storage and compute options on EVO:RAIL will provide higher-capacity platforms so VMware customers can run larger numbers of virtual machines, the company said. VMware has seen strong interest and demand from customers for EVO:RAIL since its release in August 2014, said Mornay Van Der Walt, vice president of VMWare's EVO:Rail Group. "Adoption is picking up as more of our Qualified EVO:RAIL Partners (QEPs) are now able to take orders and ship appliances," Van Der Walt told eWEEK.
The scale out to eight appliances or 32 nodes from the initial four appliances and 16 nodes that VMware supported with EVO:RAIL 1.0 was driven by customer feedback, he said.