A few months ago there was a picture of the “Marvin” poster from the “VMware campus” tweeted by @Cocquyt. In a recent post by Technodrone, @maishsk picked up on the VMworld VMCI session, aka “Marvin”:
- SDDC1767 – Achieve SDDC – Enterprise Grade Elastic IaaS Cloud with VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure: A Deep Dive – Monday, 25 Aug, 5pm-6pm
Very exciting stuff, I cannot wait to meet “Marvin” and am very interested in hearing about VMware’s first foray into the hardware arena. Some of the questions I have:
- What does this mean for VCE? – Brian Suhr had an interesting “War of the Roses” post.
- What does it look like? How has it been “VMware” branded?
- Hyper-converged VSAN only (JBOD), or can I use shared storage (FC, FCoE, iSCSI, NAS) as well?
- Rack mount and Blade servers?
- OEM Hardware?
- Who did they partner with (EMC?) or did they do it all themselves?
- Intel and AMD supported?
- Sizing maximums – CPU, RAM, Storage, Network?
- Power and Cooling footprint?
- Management eco-system?
- How does it integrate into the current vCloud Management Suite?
- Policy-based compute (similar to Cisco UCS)?
- How will VMware GSS and PSO adapt to support VMCI?
- Will they leverage EMC’s supply chain to provide hardware support?
- What is on the Roadmap?
- What edge does VMCI have over the rest of the market (HP, IBM, Fujitsu, Cisco, Nutanix, Dell, SimPlivity, etc.)?
Here is my recent post on “The Evolution of Storage – What is your strategy”, which ties in nicely.
The clock is ticking, register for VMworld US 2014, plan your travel and reserve your sessions: