VMworld 2014 – Marvin, I want to meet you!

Marvin 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”:

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?
  • Pricing?
  • 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:

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