I was browsing today the internet and came across this ‘dumb’ video. I guess Microsoft is trying to fight the competition, so they made this ’10 myths about VMware” video. Silly of them to not use any accurate information or counter arguments.


Microsoft Mythbusters: Top 10 VMware Myths

I feel very tempted to shoot down all their 10 points, but should I bother? Point 1 and 2, claim that they have live migration and clustered file system, but Microsoft’s definition of “having” can I guess include future stuff. I am of course an alien, but in my english classes i learned there is a difference between “have” and “will have”.

Being a techie my self, one point I do want to address, which is memory commitment, why does Microsoft just want to refuse to see how it works. It does NOT work by not allocating unused memory! It scans memory pages to find duplicate pages, so if you run 10x basic windows OS, and yes that memory can be actively used, it will only store it once in memory. So memory commit feature ‘compresses’ the memory, and if you do not do it in extreme, you can do it without any serious punishment, while still saving memory.

OK, one final one, and this has nothing to do with technical stuff. Mister Microsoft claims that it is silly to compare based on cost per application / virtual machine, Microsoft and VMware prices are based per machine, so that is how you should compare????? Hello Microsoft, get real!!! It is like saying, when you buy a car, only look at the price of the car, do NOT look at the miles per gallon (KM per Litre). If Microsoft keeps up that strategy, they will end up like all american car manufactures, not selling a single car anymore, while the efficient Japanese car manufactures laugh their asses off.

Competition should be great, it keep manufactures sharp and on the edge, but for some reason Microsoft just plays silly. I hope they will actually make some good features at some point in time, so that the market moves forward instead of playing ignorant.

It is good to see that this nonsense does not get unnoticed, have a read of this blog post, it exposes how Microsoft IT looks at their own virtualization product.