Microsoft Mythbusters creating myths themself

[update 09 April] Response on VMware website

Microsoft Virtualization Strategy Team recently released a video called “Microsoft Mythbusters: Top 10 VMware Myths”

The video can be seen here :http://www.microsoft.com/video/en/us/details/f8c3314f-c82d-4f8d-8b19-6a59733670f8

In the video two Microsoft employees discuss ten statements published on VMware’s website about VMware and competetive products. See it here http://www.vmware.com/go/whyvmware

The so called myths discussed in the video are:

live migration, clustered volumes, Hyper-V being a 1.0 product (unreliable, unscalable), low performance, big footprint, broad hardware support, management, memory overcommit, low cost for VMware and the need to use VMware.

Eric Gray of vCritical has a comment on the video on his website http://www.vcritical.com/2009/04/would-you-buy-a-hypervisor-from-these-guys/

On Gabes Virtual World a detailed reaction to the ten myths Microsoft is trying to bust. http://www.gabesvirtualworld.com/?p=445

Interesting enough, Microsoft IT seems to tell a whole different story about scalability and high availability of Hyper-V. In this article Microsoft IT describes th configuration of Hyper-V in Microsoft’s own infrastructure. Eat your own dogfood.  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc974012.aspx

A quote from the article:

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.

woh, 10,4 virtual machines on a 16 core server!

A very funny response to the Microsoft IT article can be found here http://vinternals.com/2009/04/microsoft-myths-and-realities/

Well, see for yourself. Seems the technical guys at Microsoft have other facts than the marketing guys at Microsoft. Time for a new video?

In the meanwhile VMware posted a detailed response to this video on their blogsite

http://blogs.vmware.com/virtualreality/2009/04/why-choose-vmware-and-microsofts-supposed-mythbusting.html

Anothere response http://vteardown.com/2009/04/09/did-microsoft-just-bust-its-own-mythbusters/

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About Marcel van den Berg
I am a technical consultant with a strong focus on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

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