At VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona, VMware executives announced that Hitachi Data Systems has joined the EVO:RAIL partnership.
EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged, VMware powered appliance that is designed for low cost and out of the box deployment. It comes in a 2U, 4-node configuration with up to 16 TB of internal storage and uses VSAN, which I described in my previous post. It has a single software SKU, which includes licensing of vSphere Enterprise Plus, VSAN, vCenter Standard Edition, Log Insight Manager, and EVO Deployment Configuration Manager (DCM) for all four nodes. It is a great cost effective platform for tier 2 and 3 workloads, VDI, and remote office/back office deployments.
EVO:RAIL provides a best in class solution that is suitable for tier 2 and tier 3 workloads, and complements Hitachi UCP , which has won wide acceptance for converged tier 1 applications. With EVO:RAIL, Hitachi customers will have a full range of converged solutions that will be suitable for any workload, all managed as one using the UCP Director infrastructure automation software.
Customers who run UCP in their core data center can leverage EVO:RAIL in remote offices and data centers to extend Virtualized Applications and services locally to clients. When combined with Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) Object Services for Data Management capabilities all the application and user data at the edge site can be stored, indexed and managed with protection back to the core data center. We anticipate that Hitachi’s EVO:RAIL will be available during the first half of 2015.
Read Shawn McDonalds blog on how UCP’s converged solution and EVO:RAIL’s hyper-converged solution can help users realize the full value of Software Defined Data Center.