VMware rolls out Evo:Rail hyper-converged infrastructure appliance in Asean
By Digital News Asia April 20, 2015
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VIRTUALISATION and cloud infrastructure company VMware Inc has announced the availability of its Evo:Rail hyper-converged infrastructure appliance in the Asean (Association of South-East Asian Nations) region.
The appliance, available through qualified Evo:Rail partners, can help IT organisations streamline the deployment and scale-out of software-defined IT infrastructure, the company said in a statement.
In partnership with Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi Data Systems, Hewlett-Packard and NetApp, VMware Evo:Rail will be offered through these partners’ channels as a single SKU (stock keeping unit) covering hardware, software, and support and services costs.
Partners will provide single point-of-contact support, VMware said.
Findings from the recent VMware CIO Survey 2015 conducted by VMware in March amongst CIOs (chief information officers) from the Asean region saw 71% acknowledging Asean’s importance as a contributor to global revenue by 2017.
One in four indicated that opportunities with the coming of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) were a key reason, VMware said.
Also, 84% of the CIOs indicated the transformation to a software-defined enterprise is important for their organisations.
The increased cloud adoption in markets like Thailand and Vietnam, coupled with growing mobile penetration of over 120% across the region (according to the GSM Association), puts added pressure on businesses to provide speed, flexibility and a secure way of managing IT, the company said.
In an IDC whitepaper (Empowering Organizations in a Software Defined World) commissioned by VMware in October 2014, the research showed the opportunity for businesses in Asia Pacific to avoid over US$92 billion in costs from 2014-2020 by leveraging a software-defined approach to managing IT.
“With high mobility and increasing sophistication in the outlook and adoption of technology such as the cloud, organisations in the Asean Economic Community are well-poised to reap the benefits of cost savings, automation and operational efficiencies from a software-defined approach to IT,” said Ron Goh (pic), Asean vice president and general manager at VMware.
“VMware Evo:Rail is a new building block for software-defined data centre environments that takes the guesswork out of building, deploying, scaling, and managing software-defined infrastructure services,” he added.
To help businesses in the region move towards the software-defined enterprise, VMware Evo:Rail solutions offer the ability to dramatically simplify the delivery of software-defined infrastructure services by streamlining deployment, configuration and management through an initiative HTML5-based user interface.
Designed as a pre-integrated and pre-tested complete VMware software stack, VMware Evo:Rail will enable IT to produce virtual machines within minutes of powering on the appliance, thereby responding faster to business demands, simplifying infrastructure administration, and reducing operating costs, the company claimed.
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