vNews October 2014 – EVO:RAIL Interview with Mike Laverick

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Interview with Mike Laverick: EVO:RAIL Team Tech Marketeer/Evangelist

Mike Joined the new VMware EVO:RAIL Team as a Tech Marketeer/Evangelist in September 2014.

According to the bumpf:

“VMware EVO:RAIL™ combines compute, networking, and storage resources into a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance to create a simple, easy to deploy, all-in-one solution offered by VMware qualified partners. (See the EVO:RAIL product page for more information: http://www.vmware.com/products/evorail/ )”

EVO-Rack-Logo

But we decided to pull in a few past favours and drag Mike onto the show to answer some more pertinent questions about this new venture for VMware.

These are some of the questions that we cover during our chat with Mike (and many more!):

  • What is EVO?
  • What is the difference between the EVO:RAIL and EVO:RACK?
  • What does VMware see as the “killer App” or use case for Hyper-convergence, over and above just a converged infrastructure?
  • What is the anticipated lead time for EVO:RACK/RAIL?
  • What are the Licensing implications?
    • Is it available only via OEM on new purchases?
    • What about customers with ELAs
  • How does it differ from equivalents – e.g. Nutanix, Simplivity?
  • What Advantages, disadvantages does it have over the above?
  • Can EVO handle split site architectures?
  • When will the stack support
    • SRM?
    • VCAC?
    • VCOps?
  • Will there be Virtualization of Business Critical Applications collateral / papers / guidance to follow ? e.g. Oracle, SQL, SAP, Exchange
  • How do VMware envisage the solution will be automated?
  • What does the Future bring? – New flavours to come?

During the interview Mike mentioned an impartial review of Hyper-converged infrastructure from Trevor Pott on SpiceWorks which can be found here:

http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/591454-simplivity-nutanix-or-scale?page=2#entry-3834851

Mike also mentioned that the JSON configuration file for EVO:RAIL can be edited and he has kindly provided this file as an example of how it can be amended to customise the installation process. (Don’t worry Mike the passwords have been altered to protect the guilty 😀 )

default-config-static.json

{
    "network": {
       "dhcp": false,
       "hosts": {
           "management": {
               "pools": [{
                   "minIp": "10.10.10.51",
                   "maxIp": "10.10.10.54"
               }],
               "netmask": "255.255.255.0",
               "gateway": "10.10.10.1"
           },
           "vsan": {
               "pools": [{
                   "minIp": "10.10.30.51",
                   "maxIp": "10.10.30.54"
               }],
               "netmask": "255.255.255.0",
               "vlanId": 0
           },
           "vm": [{
               "name": "Production",
               "vlanId": 110
           }, {
               "name": "Development",
               "vlanId": 120
           }, {
               "name": "Staging",
               "vlanId": 130
           }],
           "vmotion": {
               "pools": [{
                   "minIp": "10.10.20.51",
                   "maxIp": "10.10.20.54"
               }],
               "netmask": "255.255.255.0",
               "vlanId": 0
           }
       },
       "vcenter": {
           "ip": "10.10.10.200"
       }
    },
    "hostnames": {
       "hosts": {
           "prefix": "esxi-node",
           "separator": "",
           "iterator": "NUMERIC_NN"
       },
       "tld": "vmworld.local",
       "vcenter": "vcenter"
    },
    "passwords": {
       "esxiPassword": "Password1!",
       "esxiPasswordConfirm": "Password1!",
       "vcPassword": "Password1!",
       "vcPasswordConfirm": "Password1!",
       "activeDirectoryDomain": "",
       "activeDirectoryUsername": "",
       "activeDirectoryPassword": "",
       "activeDirectoryPasswordConfirm": ""
    },
    "global": {
       "logging": "SYSLOG",
       "timezone": "UTC",
       "loginsightServer": "",
       "loginsightHostname": "",
       "ntpServerCSV": "",
       "syslogServerCSV": "10.10.10.200",
       "dnsServerCSV": "",
       "proxyServer": "",
       "proxyPort": "",
       "proxyUsername": "",
       "proxyPassword": ""
    }
}

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