EVO:RAIL is dead long live VxRail

On paper EVO:RAIL was a great idea – VMware provides the Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI) software (vSphere and Virtual SAN) and the major server and storage vendors provide the hardware, but one of the biggest problems was that it was 100% designed by VMware therefore how could the likes of EMC, NetApp, Dell, HP, HDS, etc. innovate? The answer of course was they couldn’t and the product was therefore not a great success  – something therefore had to change.

The good news is that EVO:RAIL has become VxRail and it will be sold exclusively by VCE (a VMware and EMC company). Also with EVO:RAIL there was a very limited choice of hardware, you had to start with four nodes, scale in four node increments and use vSphere Enterprise Plus licences – VxRail on the other hand:

  • Has a wide choice of hybrid-flash and all-flash configurations
  • Will be able to start with just two nodes and scale in one node increments
  • Includes vSphere Standard and vCenter licenses

This is exactly what most customers are looking for and I believe will enable VxRail to be the huge success that EVO:RAIL could never be.

Most organisations could run their entire vSphere environment in just 2U on all-flash

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… and large organisations can scale to meet their exact needs

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So what are the extra bits of software from VCE?

  • CloudArray Virtual Edition – acts as a local storage target, with support for iSCSI, CIFS and NFS, that replicates the data to most S3 compliant public cloud object storage platforms (15 VMs per appliance)
  • RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines – vSphere Web Client managed VM-level replication with support for consistency groups, up to 90% bandwidth savings and synchronous/asynchronous/continuous RPOs (10 TB cloud storage licence per appliance)
  • Data Domain integration with VDP – the included vSphere Data Protection (powered by EMC Avamar) has optimised integration with the EMC de-duplication appliance

The importance of a single point of support

The fact that VxRail comes with a single point of support for all hardware and software (vSphere, Virtual SAN and the VCE components) is in many ways the number one reason to invest in the product – anyone who has worked in IT for a long-time knows that reducing the number of contact points for support will save a considerable amount of time and significantly reduce the Time-to-Resolution – no other HCI product can provide support on the entire stack, including vSphere.

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Mark Burgess has worked in IT since 1984, starting as a programmer on DEC VAX systems, then moving into PC software development using Clipper and FoxPro. From here he moved into network administration using Novell NetWare, which kicked-off his interest in storage. In 1999 he co-founded SNS, a consultancy firm initially focused on Novell technologies, but overtime Virtualisation and Storage. Mark writes a popular blog and is a frequent contributor to Twitter and other popular Virtualisation and Storage blog sites.
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About Mark Burgess

Mark Burgess has worked in IT since 1984, starting as a programmer on DEC VAX systems, then moving into PC software development using Clipper and FoxPro. From here he moved into network administration using Novell NetWare, which kicked-off his interest in storage. In 1999 he co-founded SNS, a consultancy firm initially focused on Novell technologies, but overtime Virtualisation and Storage. Mark writes a popular blog and is a frequent contributor to Twitter and other popular Virtualisation and Storage blog sites.

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