What happened to EVO:Rail?
This morning I was reading an article called EVO:Fail. You can ready it here.
When VMware announced that EVO:RAIL was the way that they would compete with companies like Nutanix or SimpliVity. I took a long look into how and why.
At VMWorld this year I asked around about how many people had seen a deployment. There were only a hand full of people who could say they have seen an instance in production. Being from the Midwest I never heard anyone even mention that this was an option.
The next logical question was the price. No one had ever seen the price, but the speculation was $250,000 was the starting price. That is a pretty big starting price. A standard three-tier architecture, hardware only, will start around $60,000.
Two company’s have pioneer the Hyper-converged market. Nutanix and SimpliVity. Both companies had a firm grasp on the market. EVO:RAIL was not the only card that VMware had played. VSAN was a very prominent solution.
On February 11, VMware made an announcement about VSAN 6.2. I also agree with the statement from Gaetan Castelei stating, “In the future, most focus will be VSAN ready nodes and the federation appliance.” VSAN is VMware’s play into the Hyper-converged market. They are also stating that they are number 1 in this market.
Only time will tell. What do you think?