A while back I entered the EVO:Rail Challenge put on by VMware.
I did this for two reasons:
– I was interested to see their hyper-converged infrastructure appliance product in action.
– Motivation of winning a VMworld Full Conference pass!
I’ve always been impressed by the Hands-On-Labs as it gives great exposure to a range of products with very little effort. My only bug-bear is that I don’t have enough time to fit them all in, as much as I’d love too!
The challenge takes pieces from the HOL-SDC-1428: Introduction to EVO:Rail lab and modifies it to make you fix the purposefully broken aspects of an EVO:Rail deployment. There are a few extra bits in there you have to complete before grabbing a screenshot of your time and ending the lab.
I received contact in early June stating that I had been shortlisted, due to having a good time, and asking for my screenshot – which I quickly submitted. The following week I was emailed by the team to inform me that I’d won. The official announcement was made last night! To say I am excited is an understatement!! It will be the second time I will have had the pleasure of attending VMworld and I can’t wait.
I’d recommend to anyone interested in EVO:Rail or winning a ticket to VMworld to give the EVO:Rail Challenge a go, you never know! You might be quick enough to win a ticket!
I’d like to close this post by thanking all the teams and individuals behind the scenes at VMware for making my week! It is an honor to have won and I look forward to seeing people at the event!