It’s been a while since I tried speculating on the soon-to-be-announced VMware Marvin project, but some very recent VMworld US 2014 session additions look really interesting in that regard:
SDDC1818 – VMware Customers Share Experiences and Requirements for Hyper-Converged
SDDC2095 – VMware and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
SDDC1767 – SDDC at Scale with VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure: Deeper Dive
SDDC3245-S – Software-Defined Data Center through Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
If you look at 1767 specifically, since the other sessions are still very light on details, it has a rather interesting description:
One way to simplify the CI environments is via a VMware-powered Converged Infrastructure solution (VMCI) that ties together hardware and software components under a single virtualization umbrella to offer a single point of-entry for a Software Define Data Center (SDDC). We will tie together VMware (and partner) assets spanning virtualization (compute/storage/networking), management (vCenter, VCAC), and operations/analytics (vCOPS, vCAC, etc) with hardware management, to offer a single point of SDDC entry with a tightly integrated automation for SDDC.
I guess this is the real deal; a single point-of-entry for both hardware and software. It even mentions partners, which tie into my earlier speculation that VMware is not going into the hardware realm here, but rather working with OEMs.
Now does this sound a lot like Marvin, or not?