Why Choose VMware and Microsoft’s Supposed Mythbusting

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. I guess Newton's law also applies on marketing. Microsoft recently published a video that supposedly debunks several so-called myths on Hyper-V. It did not take the blogging/twitter community long to respond and debunk Microsoft's statements.

Why Choose VMware and Microsoft’s Supposed Mythbusting

VMware started the Why Choose VMware portion of our website in 2nd
half 2008 as more and more vendors were coming on the scene, all
claiming to offer products that do what VMware’s solutions do. We felt
it was necessary to tell our story, and to back up our claims with
complete, academic evaluations of competing products. As such, The Why
Choose VMware site shares six key reasons why we see VMware as offering
a better solution compared to what others market. There’s quite a lot
of content there, but we tried to keep it as factually oriented as
possible. For instance, the product comparison tables are
lab-validated, based on our technical evaluations and comparisons of
the products; they are not derived from just a cursory glance at vendor
marketing literature.

Then this past week, we started getting inquiries about a Microsoft video that purports to bust the top ten “myths” on Why Choose VMware. Others in the blogosphere have already responded.

Ideally, we wouldn’t have to pay much attention to this Microsoft
video, but because we stand behind what we post on Why Choose VMware,
we felt it was important for our customers and other companies looking
to deploy VMware to hear directly from us. Again, we don’t claim to be
perfect and cannot say that we’ll never have any errors on the site,
but we will attempt to base everything we claim on a technical
evaluation of a currently available product. Microsoft’s answers to
what it sees as “myths” don’t really even address factual errors – it’s
just more marketing rhetoric. Feel free to take a look at the video for
yourself (click on the screen shot) and form your own opinion. Then
below, we’ll provide our response to each so-called “myth.”


When reviewing Microsoft’s video, please also make sure to also check
out the user comments – they are pretty informative in regards to the
‘value’ the video provided to customers (and Microsoft partners).

Read the full article for VMware's response.

If you have some spare time on your hands after reading the Virtual Reality article and enjoy a good laughter head over to Vinternals. Stuart Radnidge provides you with the insights of where Microsoft obviously has a lot of catching up to do. The source of his article is a Microsoft Technet Article which describes the best practices and standards Microsoft's IT department has developed.

Microsoft Myths and Realities…

In this paper, published January 2009, we get the cold hard facts on
Hyper-V as deployed by none other than Microsoft IT themselves.
Internally. Y’know, that whole dogfood thing. And the results are
absolutely astounding. Now before going further, I need to re-iterate
this is an actual Microsoft published case. It is not an April Fools
joke, they are not having a lend of us. It is stone cold truth from
Microsoft’s own IT department. If you were going to listen to anybody
talk about the reality of Hyper-V, it’s these guys. And again, this is
not a joke. This is real. Here are a few juicy excerpts (bold bits
added by me for emphasis):

As Microsoft IT developed standards for which physical machines to virtualize, it identified many lab and development servers with very low utilization
and availability requirements. Because of the lower expectations,
Microsoft IT now is deploying the lab and development virtual servers
with four processor sockets, 16 to 24 processor cores, and up to 64 gigabytes (GB) of random access memory (RAM). These servers can host a large number of virtual machines, averaging 10.4 virtual machines per host machine.

A 16 core box, with somewhere north of 32GB RAM, could only take
10.4 “development servers with very low utilization”. Well if
that’s what they’re doing for low utilisation boxes, I wonder how they
fare for production machines.


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  1. 1 to 10? Are they serious? On a development perspective, I do 1 to 10 on dual sockets with 1 socket populated (then 4 cores) and 16 GB RAM… and it’s already well too much resources…
    MS should really give up speaking with virtualization until they get serious about it.
    The problem is such FUD is likely to be met in the companies as well: managers like MS…

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