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Apr 2 2012   1:55PM GMT

Battle of the SolarWinds, VMware product marketing managers

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SolarWinds and VMware are in a bit of a dustup, slinging words like arrows on company blogs. It started last week when Robbie Wright, director of product marketing, virtualization and storage at SolarWinds, wrote a post on the company’s blog titled “Has VMware ceded the SMB market to Microsoft Hyper-V?”

In the post, Wright noted that Hyper-V can make headway in the SMB market, because there are some features on VMware hypervisors that admins at smaller shops won’t or don’t need to consider. Wright goes on to note a Gartner prediction that 85% of companies with fewer than 1,000 employees will be Hyper-V shops.

Chanda Dani, senior product marketing manager at VMware, took issue with that and other claims. Dani said the “85%” prediction is incorrect; that of all Hyper-V installations, 75% will be in SMB with fewer than 1,000 employees.  Dani said the “statement has been erroneously interpreted in the blog. The author should back up Gartner’s statements with citations.”

Then, earlier this week, Wright took to the SolarWinds blog again, responding to Dani’s critiques. He took to task the idea that VMware products could cater to the small-to-medium business set when VMware’s Essentials kits might not support the needs of a medium-sized company. Wright said it’s hard to deny the advancements Microsoft has made in the SMB market with Hyper-V.

With 60% of our purchasing intentions survey respondents planning to expand server virtualization, Microsoft has a chance to cut into VMware’s substantial market share. It’s no wonder why it’s a contentious topic.

What do you think about VMware and SolarWinds’ slings? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Mttcrn
    SolarWinds pitch is rather at odds with its recent plays, it boasts about being seen as a serious competition to the big 4 IT Management vendors yet these solutions are only used by enterprise organisations. Where does SolarWInds see its future, solutions for -1,000 employees (Hyper-V installations) or the VM Market where it can further its chances of market penetration?
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