VMWare today announced HP and Hitachi Data Systems as the latest hardware manufacturers to become part of its Evo:Rail programme.

VMware Evo:Rail combines VMware compute, networking, and storage resources into a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance to create an all-in-one product that is offered by partners, including Dell, Fujitsu, EMC, Inspur, NetOne, SuperMicro, and now, HP and Hitachi Data Systems.

Pat Gelsinger, VMWare CEO, today claimed that VMware Evo:Rail is the fastest way to build and deploy a software-defined data centre (SDDC) to enable the data centre of the future. 

“With Evo we are taking the power of the SDDC, working with partners, and enabling the delivery of a full, complete solution,” he said at VMWorld 2014 in Barcelona today.

Evo:Rail, first announced in August, is said to enable about 100 VMs or 200 VDI terminals in a matter of minutes.

Gelsinger said the follow-on from Evo:Rail is Evo:Rack, which is available as a technical preview this week. According to Gelsinger, Evo:Rack offers the power of Evo:Rail but at a much larger scale. 

HP's Evo:Rail product

Set to be available from December, the  HP ConvergedSystem (CS) 200-HC Evo:Rail appliance will be targeted at small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

HP said the appliance, which is built around HP ProLiant x86 Servers that have been optimised for VMware Evo:Rail, will be shipped as a single scale-out system intended to operate with VMware's virtualisation platform. 

The system will be system will be delivered to customers pre-configured with all software pre-installed. Setup will only require the entry of IP addresses credentials, and a VMware vSphere licence information to start working. 

HP claimed that its applaince will allow SMEs to deploy a virtualized environment from power-on to provisioning of new applications in less than 15 minutes.

“Small and midsize enterprises are looking to simplify IT operations and deliver applications and services faster with absolute simplicity,” said Nariman Teymourian, SVP and general manager of Converged Systems at HP. “The HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual system enables the business to accelerate time to value and respond to business opportunities faster.”