The Virtualization Room

Mar 22 2007   2:54PM GMT

Benchmark Wars

Joseph Foran Profile: Joe Foran

And tonight on Friday Night Company-Fights:

The Undercard: AMD vs. Intel, Windows vs. Linux, and Pepsi vs. Coke.

The Main Event: XenSource vs. VMware.

Ok, here’s my beef. I hate all industry wherein marketing rules over substance, and in this case, I’m calling out both XenSource and VMware for being pig-headed and small-minded.

XenSource – you posted test results of a BETA. A product that is, by definition, not ready for prime time. A product that still needs work. That ain’t done. That’s still raw in the center. Can I say it any other way? My constructive criticism is this – wait until you have posted the mature version that is available in it’s production form and then do the proper benchmarking. Don’t get me wrong here, Xen is a great product, but reacting to VMware’s get-your-goat inflammatory benchmarking is rediculous. All XenSource looks like now is another marketing-driven company that is more interested in fighting perceived “Cola Wars” than in putting out a class-A product. Benching a beta just looks cheesy, and worse, sneaky.

VMware – Those were dirty benchmarks and you know it. You didn’t create a proper test between proper versions, under neutral conditions. And your EULA… only when if became obvious that the problem was public did you give XenSource permission to test your product. You need to drop that contingency against publishing benchamrks. It’s sneaky and cheesy too. Yes, you’re not the only ones to do it, but that doesn’t make it right. While you’re at it, why not post meaningful benchmarks instead of trying to raise the heat on Xen. This can only help them, your competition, to get more publicity. And now that it’s out that the benchmarks weren’t fair, if makes VMware look bad.

I adore VMware. I think Xen is great too. I think in this case both of these companies stand to lose credibility, not gain market share.

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