#VMworld T-shirts Review 2016 – Part 2

So here’s the second and last part of this T-Shirt review for this years VMworld. And as before I hope you can find this useful for Barcelona.

 

5. Platform 9 - front5. Platform 9 - Back

Name : Platform 9
Model: Next Level Apparel 60% Cotton 40% Polyester
Size: XL (why oh why no XXL ???)
QualityFeels really nice and soft and guessing the 40% polyester will help it stay better in shape than 100% Cotton.
Print: A city landscape with a Platform 9 blimp on it and a few different technologies that they support I guess, pretty low-key and thus usable elsewhere than home.
Score:  6(8)/10
Conclusion: I would have given this shirt an 8, but by not having XXL sizes I have to drop them down a few points. I mean why not bring XXL and since this was the US XXXL as well. I was almost tiny compared to some of the people there, and XL wont last more than 1 or 2 washes then they shrink 😦

 

6. Nimble Storage - Back 6. Nimble Storage - Front

Name : Nimble Storage
Model: C Port and Company 100% Cotton – Ring Spun
Size:  XL (Why do you only have XL in the US ????) and these are not US sizes
Quality:  Somewhat stiff version of this shirt, again have to wait and see whether or not this Ring Spun cotton does anything for shrinkage when washing these T-shirts.
Print: The Nimble Logo and then an kinda ugly red version of the vExpert logo both on the front and back. That would have been better with the normal White on Black.
Score:  5/10
Conclusion: Both the vExpert and only size XL drags this shirt down.

7. Cortado - Front

Name :  Cortado
Model:  C Port and Company – 100% Cotton
Size:  XXL
Quality:  A bit thicker than the other T-shirts from C Port, but otherwise seems quite ok. Guessing it will warp some when washed.
Print: A superman like version of the Cortado logo, but very stiff and you can feel that on the inside of the shirt.
Score:   6/10
Conclusion: What brings this shirt down is the Stiffness of the logo, which you can feel like plastic on the inside of the shirt.

 

8. Dell - Front 8. Dell Back

Name : Dell Software
Model: The Concert Tee – District 100% Pre-shrunk Cotton
Size: XXL
Quality:  First T-Shirt I’ve seen from this company, but being pre-shrunk it should hold up good when washed. Very soft and thin T-shirt
Print: A print that’s supposed to make it look like you have a clock on a gold chain around your neck. and a message that’s continue on the back.
Score:  6/10
Conclusion: The shirt is nice and soft and pre-shrunk should help a lot. But the print makes this another shirt I wouldn’t wear in public, but can be used around the house 🙂

 

That’s it for this year. As I wrote in the first post, I haven’t had much time in the Solutions Exchange and therefore didn’t get to grab that many T-Shirts this year.

I hope you still found this funny/useful/whatever 🙂

 

EVO:Rail – first Impressions

Yesterday at the Keynote, one of the new offerings VMware announced was EVO:Rail, A Hyperconverged Infrastructure. This means OEMS have created small 2U formfactor rail mountable machines, that each hold 4 ESXi hosts. VMware has then provided the software that goes on top.

So no VMware is NOT selling us Hardware, we have to go to the OEM vendors like Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Inspur, Net One Systems and SuperMicro. to get these.

Licensed in the SKU is all the software you need to get a SDDC up and running in around 15 minutes from its been racked and cabled. For full details on whats in an EVO:Rail offering  look at Duncan’s post under Links.

So who is this for ? People who wants to get to close SDDC nirvana fast. And people starting out might find this very tempting. I don’t see myself using EVO:Rail at my workplace. But small companies that, for whatever reason, don’t want a Cloud solution, could find EVO:Rail very promising. As it contains everything you need to start and has a simple interface for you to use. Everything installs itself.

This is the first offering, but they were hinting at Rack-scale or Datacentre scale versions of this, and that might be promising to bigger companies. EVO:Rack Tech Preview

For me personally, its not the process of getting the Hardware and Software installed, that is the biggest problem with going toward SDDC. The problem is getting all your tweaks and various administrative procedures implemented in the Software. I would be nice if you could standardize those administrative procedures to fit something like EVO:Rail, but that is usually a far larger battle than getting the money for the software and hardware.

I’m sure we’ll see a lot more press about EVO:Rail in the coming months.

Links:

EVO:Rail at Yellow-bricks

Chad Sakac’s piece on EVO:Rail (Long read)

Mike Laverick’s guide to EVO:Rail

Eric Sloof on EVO:Rail