EVO:Rail – Second impression at #VMworld

So I attended the EVO:Rail session with Duncan and Shaun, and that gave me a few new insights on EVO:Rail VMware’s software for a HyperConverged Infrastructure.

And I must say, damn that looks awesome. Would be nice to run something like VDI on it, or say your Dev servers could have their own infrastructure, without ever hurting your production environment.

And as all it need is a 10gbit IPV6 vlan with layer2 multicast enabled, putting these kind of systems into a stretched metro cluster seems as easy as the setup of the system is.

They showed the setup process, which took a whooping 13 minutes! And with that you had 4 ESXi hosts, 1 vCenter Server, LogInsight and VSAN installed and configured. DAMN nice.

They have basically created an installer in HTML5 that does all the heavy lifting for you. setting up NTP, DNS and proxy servers is done 1 place and is automatically pushed to all the components.


The interface seems very fast and nice, and is stripped of a lot of the stuff you don’t you daily. For easy and fast Management. If you need more than that, you can always access the web client with a link from the EVO:Rail interface.

I would expect this direction from VMware to be rolled out to a lot of other products over time, as installing a lot of the VMware product sometimes is a pain. Imagine installing and configuring everything from Horizon View to VCAC with just a few clicks. Hoping for happy times ahead!

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