It's no surprise VMware wanted to start off VMworld 2014 with a bang and it created quite abuzz for IT pros on Twitter with EVO:RAIL.
EVO:RAIL, formerly known as MARVIN and Mystic is a hyper converged infrastructure that IT pros formed strong opinions on immediately.
What! EVO:Rail looks pretty awesome if you ask me. How much longer do you think VMware will stay out of the hardware market though? #VMworld
— Mike Ellis (@v2Mike) August 25, 2014
This is going to make Infrastructure deployments and designs so much easier! Great job, VMware: http://t.co/Pciq6Gk8iX
— Rene Dissel (@Rene_Dissel) August 25, 2014
Rails are ridged and inflexible. They don't leave a lot of room for error, or change of direction #EVO-Rail
— Gabriel Chapman (@Bacon_Is_King) August 25, 2014
Dell - VMware EVO:RAIL Full Experience - https://t.co/aZUBlciCat
— Eric Sloof (@esloof) August 25, 2014
Dell, one of VMware's partners on EVO:RAIL, released a video detailing the hyper-converged infrastructure offering. The video is narrated by Dave Shanley, the lead engineer on EVO:RAIL. In the video, Shanley gives a guided tour through the product experience.
By the way… EVO:RAIL —> HTML5! If you use the RAIL interface, no more flash required :)
— Duncan Epping (@DuncanYB) August 25, 2014
One change that has users pleased is HTML5’s inclusion. Users don't need to worry about plug-ins and are no longer required to have flash. Now the user interface works on any device.
As an @HP shop I am disappointed to see HP's name absent from the Evo:rail hardware providers list, hopefully coming soon?
— Travis Kensil (@traviskensil) August 25, 2014
I'm still trying to figure out why I didn't see HP's name on the VMware EVO:RAIL launch slide at #VMworld.
— Matt Eastwood, IDC (@matteastwood) August 25, 2014
— Ruben Spruijt (@rspruijt) August 25, 2014
VMware didn't dive into the hardware market as its using vendors with EVO:RAIL. The picture above shows that Dell, EMC, Inspur, Fujitsu, NetOne and SuperMicro are the partners that are working with VMware on EVO:RAIL. But there was one name that was missing that quickly caught users' attention: HP. However, Epping tweeted back saying that the EVO:RAIL team is working with other OEMs and there will be more announced in the near future.
EVO:RAIL and DELL, where does that leave nutanix and Dell's partnership.
— Jason Benway (@BenwayNet) August 25, 2014
— Tim Crawford (@tcrawford) August 25, 2014
Nutanix has been a main player in the hyper-converged game for some time but now VMware is involved with EVO:RAIL. VMware's new release had some people wondering what that means for mutual partners and how the two compare and contrast.
— Filip Verloy (@filipv) August 25, 2014
VMware also mentioned EVO:RACK, a hyper-converged infrastructure project that will help how users buy, deploy and operate software-defined data centers.