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Written by Roy Mikes on Saturday, 28 February 2015. Posted in EMC

Power up to VM provisioning in 15 minutes

Let's skip the bullshit and immediately proceed into details. What is VPLEX Blue? VSPEX Blue is the branded EMC version of hyper-converged EVO:RAIL solution developed and engineered by VMware.

To get a better understanding let's talk first about EVO:RAIL. When hyper-converged solutions appeared on the market, VMware decided to develop its own solution distributed by its OEM partners who integrate into their material according to VMware hardware defined criteria’sIn alphabetical order: DELL, EMC, FUJITSU, HDS, HP, INSPUR, NETAPP, NETONE and SUPERMICRO. EVO:RAIL enables power-on to VM creation in minutes, radically easy VM deployment, easy non-disruptive patch and upgrades and simplified management. EVO:RAIL is a scalable Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) building block. 

EVO:RAIL program relies on :

  • Hardware specifications definition (VMware compute, networking, and storage resources)
  • Software bundle (vSphere, VSAN, LogInsight)
  • Brand new HTML5 interface enabling automated and simplified solution management

EVO:RAIL / VSPEX BLUE targets SMB enterprises with an easy to administer solution to deploy with a scalable model but also large enterprises for their ROBOs which don’t have local IT teams.

When we look into the Hyper Converge Infrastructure Appliance (HCIA) itself the minimal brick to buy and install is an appliance including 4 nodes (servers) 

The maximum configuration for an EVO:RAIL cluster is 16 nodes (4 x 4 nodes appliances), a next version is planned to overcome this limit soon. If you need more storage you can connect to external storage but only by using existing and provided network interfaces or by using an external Cloud as EMC propose with CloudArrayEMC CloudArray’s approach to storage management enables you to scale your storage area networks (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) with on-demand cloud storage, providing a permanent solution for block and file capacity expansion, offsite storage, and data archiving using a gateway. You get a license of 1 Tb local cache that equals to about 10 Tb in the Cloud storage. More capacity, additional licenses are available: 3, 6 and 12 Tb. Quickly move data to, from, and between clouds is a very powerfull and easy to manage solution provided by EMC. 

What does include VSPEX BLUE? 

There is a Standard and Performance, different RAM amount: 128 or 192 GB /node. Dual Intel Ivy Bridge E5-2620 V2 (12 cores, 2,1 Ghh CPU), Network type interface: 1000 BaseT or SFP+ 10GB. Storage: 32 GB SLC NAND FLASH SATADOM (ESXi Boot image), 400 GB eMLC 2.5" SAS SSD and 3 x 1 TB 10K 2.5" SAS HDD. The SSD and SAS forms VSAN disk Group.

- VMware EVO:RAIL software bundle as discussed 
- VSPEX BLUE Manager interface
- Direct access to VSPEX Blue Marketplace
- Integrated hardware components monitoring
- RecoverPoint for VMs (RP4VM): licence & Support for 15 VMs per appliance Sync or Asyns
- EMC CloudArray: 1 Tb cache per appliance
- 3 years maintenance and single contact for support

What’s the add value into EMC EVO:RAIL version? EMC that is one of the last to release its own version, but brings a lot of key features like: VM granularity protection with RP4VM. With the RP4VM release, enterprise-grade storage replication is now in the hands of the VMware Administrator, VSPEX Blue Manager: provides integrated management to EMC features, hardware monitoring and direct access to VSPEX Blue Market: EMC & 3rd party apps like VDPa (more to come...) and native integration between VMware VDPa and DataDomain.


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Roy Mikes has developed a deep knowledge of virtualization, storage and Cloud in a broad perspective over the past 18 years, but also streamlines his focus recently more and more on AI and Blockchain. Because of that knowledge and focus, Roy works as an Advisory Partner Solution Development Lead & Evangelist at Dell EMC.

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