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Today I visited the HP booth for more information on EVO:RAIL, since they were announced as EVO:RAIL partner during the General Session on Monday.

HP now is one of the partners that deliver a complete solution. Other EVO:RAIL partners are Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi Data Systems, SuperMicro and for China APJ InSpur and NetOne.

Unfortunately my experience was somewhat disappointing. Although HP had a solution it didn’t feel like they had much interest in it. It was not easy to find someone that was able to talk about it. There were however enough people that could talk about the StoreVirtual VSA.

According to the staff at the booth the HP solution should be on the world wide market in February 2015.

HP front side:

EVO:RAIL

 

HP back side:

EVO:RAIL

What is EVO:RAIL?

VMware EVO: RAIL combines VMware compute, networking, and storage resources into a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance to create a simple, easy to deploy, all-in-one solution offered by our partners.

The following video shows what EVO:RAIL is all about

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gztk_7V4oys

 

EVO: RAIL Version 1.0 can scale out to four appliances – with a total of 16 ESXi hosts, 1 Virtual SAN datastore backed by a single vCenter Server and EVO: RAIL instance. EVO: RAIL handles deployment, configuration,  and management, allowing the compute capacity and the Virtual SAN datastore to grow automatically. New appliances are automatically discovered and easily added to an EVO: RAIL cluster with a few mouse clicks.

Check the VMware site for more information