It is going to be a really short blog post, but as many folks have asked about this I figured it was worth a quick article. In the VMworld Europe 2014 keynote Pat Gelsinger today announced that both HP and Hitachi Data Systems have joined the VMware EVO:RAIL program. This is great news if you ask me for customers all throughout the world as it provides more options for procuring an EVO:RAIL hyper-converged infrastructure appliance through your preferred server vendor!
The family is growing: Dell, Fujitsy, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, Inspur, NetOne Systems and SuperMicro… who would you like to see next?
hmnmn I checked that supermicro Evorail setup with 1 host (4 nodes) costs around USD 200K.
Is it worth it to run Evo Rail or buy separate boxes with enterprise licenses + vsan?
Duncan Epping says
Sorry, I can’t help you on the pricing question to be honest. I’ve not been involved with that at all. But there are also VSAN Ready Node configurations which may be very appealing to you.
200k? What capacity?
100 Server VM or 250 VDI VM per Host(4 node, use vSphere HA and DRS).
max 400 Server VM or 1000 VDI VM per 4 hosts(16 node).
# Server VM Spec: 2vCPU, 6GB mem, 60GB DISK
# VDI VM Spec: 2vCPU, 2GB mem, 30GB DISK
2 CPU Xeon 2620 v2 or v3, 192GB DDR3 or DDR4 RAM, 2 10GB nic, 1 1TB nic
400GB SSD, 3.6TB(1.2TB*3) SAS DISK
# Server VM profile: 2vCPU, 4GB mem, 60GB VDISK
# VDI VM profile: 2vCPU, 2GB mem, 32GB VDISK Linked Clone
John Nicholson. says
Know if HDS will support LPAR”s on their EVO nodes? (Don’t laugh, their blades support it).
If i were to go with regular setup 4 separate boxes with enterprise license and vsan … I could save about 80K USD and with vmware direct support as well.
maybe this could be a better deal.
Yeah, that pricing isn’t very attractive.
Edy & william: while I haven’t looked at specific pricing…are you including year 2 and 3 SNS (hardware and software) in you’re cost comparisons? EVO:RAIL implementations are supposed to include 3 years of SNS on everything, something that can sometimes be overlooked.