Can Microsoft really be Fair and Balanced?

Microsoft has launched Virtualization2, a program to educate VMware administrators on  Hyper-V and the System Center suite of tools. In short, these arefree online training sessiosn on November 19th and 20th, that also comes with a voucher for their new Microsoft virtualization certification exam (74-409).

This comes in addition to their existing Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start training course.

I think this is a good idea, and if you are able to close your eyes to the hyperbole, and disregard things like “Microsoft Wants to Help VMware Experts “Future-Proof “ Their Career“, I applaud this initiative.

However, if the training content is based on Microsofts own (flawed) vSphere vs Hyper-V & System Center comparisons (see Calling Out the Phony War: vSphere & Hyper-V for a detailed analysis), the training offered has little to no value.

Vendor training is, and always will be, like Ed Grigson mentioned on Twitter, inherently biased by nature.

In this case, the level of both hyperbole and bias is what defines the quality of the content presented. If Microsoft manages to focus on their own product, seen from the perspective of someone who has experience with VMware vSphere, without resorting to over-the-top bias towards Hyper-V, this will be a valuable resource for lots of people, myself included. If not, well, it will just be added to the list of flawed marketing tactics that really is of little to help anyone, Microsoft included.

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4 Comments

  1. I’ve just commented on the ‘Phony War’ blogpost to the effect that I don’t consider the Technet article to be unreasonable. It’s Microsoft’s job to position their products as effectively as possible and it’s up to everyone to interpret that information in that context – at least that article is clearly published by MS Technet not an ‘independent analyst’ so you know to assume vendor bias. In an ideal world maybe we wouldn’t have to make that effort (and that’s where bloggers can add value, as Paul’s done) that but that’s the same as a ‘benevolent dictator’ – it rarely happens in real life because society hasn’t evolved that way.

    Carl Sagan said it best in his 1987 essay ‘the Burden of Skepticism’;
    “It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas. Obviously those two modes of thought are in some tension. But if you are able to exercise only one of these modes, whichever one it is, you’re in deep trouble.”

    Personally I think it’s a good move by Microsoft, and even if it is biased I’ll still learn something from it as I’ll have more information with which to make my own decisions.

  2. Good luck to them. Their bias is always apparent anyone who reads their $8bil worth of marketing dribble every year knows that they can say whatever they want. Actually delivering anything of use or innovating in the datacenter industry is a completely different kettle of fish.

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