evorail_logoOne of the major announcements at VMworld this year was VMware EVO:RAIL.

VMware EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance that combines compute, networking and storage resources.

However, VMware is not entering the hardware market – they have signed up partnership with hardware vendors who build the appliance and sell it to customers.

So customers still have the advantage that they can choose their preferred brand.

At the time of writing Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Inspur, net One and Supermicro have already signed up as qualified partners and during VMworld Barcelona two new partners were announced by VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger: HP and HDS.


Introducing the EVO:RAIL programme:

A VMware EVO:RAIL Appliance has four independent nodes. Each node has dual processors, 192 GB RAM and supports a total of up to 16 TB of SSD and HDD storage provided via VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN).

The initial release allows to scale out up to four appliances (=16 nodes).

At the networking side each EVO:RAIL node has two 10 GbE network ports (either SFP+ or RJ45). Each port must be connected to a 10 GbE top-of-rack switch with IPv4 and IPv6 multicast enabled. There is a Remote/lights out  management available, too.

EVO:RAIL supports four types of traffic: for vMotion, Management, VSAN and Virtual Machine traffic.

The EVO:RAIL Software Bundle builds on proven technology.

It consists of VMware vSphere 5.5 Enterprise Plus, vCenter Server, Virtual SAN, vCenter Log Insight and the EVO:RAIL rapid deployment, configuration and management engine.

This new engine enables customers to configure EVO:RAIL within minutes. During VMworld there was an EVO:RAIL Challenge where attendees had to compete in a race against time to build an EVO:RAIL appliance. The winning time was only 15 minutes and 35 seconds!

For inital configuration you only have to provide IP addresses, VLANs, hostnames and passwords. EVO:RAIL then creates the ESXi hosts, implements data services and configures the vCenter Server.


As easy as configuration is scale-out.

If you want to increase compute, networking and storage resources you only have to power up a new appliance. EVO:RAIL will discover the new appliance automatically and you can add it with only a few clicks.

Please note:

This post is part of a series covering VMworld 2014. If you want to read more take a look at my VMworld 2014 page. If you think that there is something wrong (especially in the product takeaway posts) please let me know.

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VMworld 2015

Save the date:

VMworld US will take place from August 30 – September 3 in San Francisco, Moscone Center

VMworld Europe 2015:

October 12: Partner Day

October 13 – 15: VMworld Europe, Barcelona, Fira Barcelona Gran Via


In the Keynote of VMworld Europe 2014 Maurizio Carli announced, that a new record in attendees was set.

About 9000 attendees travelled to Barcelona to hear more about the visions and new products of VMware and the industry.

It was in 2008 when the first VMworld took place in Europe. This first european event was situated in Cannes, France and about 4500 people participated.

Over the years the show went bigger and bigger – maybe you can remember the themes:

VMworld2008     2008 Cannes, France – 4500 attendees

VMworld2009     2009 Cannes, France – 4700 attendees

VMworld2010     2010 Copenhagen, Denmark – 6000 attendees

VMworld2011 2011 Copenhagen, Denmark – 6500 attendees

VMworld2012     2012 Barcelona, Spain – 7000 attendees

VMworld2013    2013, Barcelona, Spain – 8000 attendees

VMworld2014 2014, Barcelona, Spain – 9000 attendees!