Microsoft makes fun of VMware with new "Tad" videos

Let's face it; trying to make a parody video series where you make fun of a private cloud solution can be hard. Microsoft is giving it the college try with a new series of videos featuring "Tad", the fictional spokesperson for the equality fictional company VMlimited. Microsoft previously introduced "Tad" to the world in August.

In the videos, "Tad" looks and sounds like a 1970s movie reject. Microsoft is trying to make the point that companies like "VMlimited" (an obvious dig at VMware) are stuck in the past while Microsoft's private cloud solutions have features that the competition doesn't have.

Do the videos make their point? Well, we do enjoy a 70s homage every once in a while. We also dig "Tad's" sideburns. You can even check out VMlimited's web site for some more groovy action.

However, we do have to question Microsoft's reasoning about making a marketing campaign like this for an audience that, at least on the surface, seems so limited. This might work for an Xbox ad campaign but in the end, unless you are a hard core IT employee, a lot of the video is going to go over your head. We still love the sideburns, though.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Kickstarter: Pebble, the perfect watch companion for your smartphone [Update]

Next Story

Google reports mostly good news on Q1 financial results

43 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

MS always resort to these lame ass videos when they are on the back foot.

vSphere all the way imho, MS missed the boat.... again.

Virtual PC turned to rubbish when Microsoft bought the product off Connectix. An example of this was when Microsoft released their first version, they dropped support for many guest operating systems (OS/2 comes to mind).

vSphere 5 > Hyper-V anyday.

It's more than slightly ironic (more like moronic) that they are making fun of VMware considering Virtual PC is fairly limited itself. The first crutch being that Virtual PC only runs Windows OS. I mean Microsoft might as well make fun of Adobe Photoshop because Microsoft Paint is so much more superior.

KomaWeiss said,

You can do virtualisation of OS X with VirtualBox.

But....But....that's not the answer I was looking for!

PS - I know OS X can be virtualised with VirtualBox and in fact, even with VMware!

'you pay more for more densely populated VMs'
Well crap on a stick, let's stick 1,000 VMs on a single server and see which VM solution works... None!
Then let's get 100 dell servers which can have a free version of ESXi installed, with 10 machines running on each server, or stick hyper V on them which costs 100 times more than having just one hyper v server because you need 100 windows licenses.
I don't like false advertising.

n_K said,
Then let's get 100 dell servers which can have a free version of ESXi installed, with 10 machines running on each server, or stick hyper V on them which costs 100 times more than having just one hyper v server because you need 100 windows licenses.
I don't like false advertising.

If i'm not mistaken Microsoft have released a Hyper-V server which is free as well.

n_K said,
'you pay more for more densely populated VMs'
Well crap on a stick, let's stick 1,000 VMs on a single server and see which VM solution works... None!
Then let's get 100 dell servers which can have a free version of ESXi installed, with 10 machines running on each server, or stick hyper V on them which costs 100 times more than having just one hyper v server because you need 100 windows licenses.
I don't like false advertising.

You can get Windows Hyper-V Server which is free, you still have to licence the Windows Servers that are running on it. If you want to run free Linux servers on it, you can do that with no charge at all. Exactly the same as ESXi.

You can get Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard with Hyper-V, you can then run that for Hyper-V only and then run 1 virtual machine with Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard for free, additional Windows virtual machines require more licences. If you want to run free Linux servers on it, you can still do that with no additional charge at all.

You can get Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with Hyper-V, run that for Hyper-V only and then run up to 4 virtual machines with Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard or Enterprise for free, additional Windows virtual machines require more licences. If you want to run free Linux servers on it, you can still do that with no additional charge at all.

Or, you can get Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter with Hyper-V (licenced per processor (not core)), run that for Hyper-V only and then run unlimited virtual machines with Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter for free. If you want to run free Linux servers on it, you can still do that with no additional charge at all.

Which is most stable, most performant, has most features? VMWare definitely.

Which is best for you? Well that depends what you are doing, what you can support and essentially how much your budget is. We've just been looking into this and found no need for the additional cost of VMWare. We're only hosting Windows machines and the cost of extra hardware to support the same number of machines as VMWare is still cheaper than the cost of VMWare.

Must be noted though, Hyper-V is OK on it's own, but you really should be looking at System Center Virtual Machine Manager to manage the servers, to provide additional features like Dynamic Optimisation, Storage Migration etc.

Hyper-V is close in the enterprise market, but has a way to go before it matches VMWare in the service provider area. Though to be fair, VMWare's pricing is ****ing ridiculous.

Septimus said,
Hyper-V is close in the enterprise market, but has a way to go before it matches VMWare in the service provider area. Though to be fair, VMWare's pricing is ****ing ridiculous.

Yeah nah.

Septimus said,
Hyper-V is close in the enterprise market, but has a way to go before it matches VMWare in the service provider area. Though to be fair, VMWare's pricing is ****ing ridiculous.

Yeah nah.

Vmware does more than just linear hypervisors. they power many cloud solutions as well like inetu cloud hosting as well as virtuon cloud w7 desktops and many others.

Microsoft has no idea what you can really do with vmware.

Vmware is wayyy more than workstation and ESX!

remixedcat said,
Vmware does more than just linear hypervisors. they power many cloud solutions as well like inetu cloud hosting as well as virtuon cloud w7 desktops and many others.

Microsoft has no idea what you can really do with vmware.

Vmware is wayyy more than workstation and ESX!

So Microsoft has no idea what You can do with Vmware? Are you kidding me? Compared to them I'm guessing You know next to nothing about it

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

So Microsoft has no idea what You can do with Vmware? Are you kidding me? Compared to them I'm guessing You know next to nothing about it

They associate it with being just desktop hypervisors and ESX without any of the awesome cloud stuff or VDI or P2V or V2p or sec or lots of other things...

remixedcat said,

They associate it with being just desktop hypervisors and ESX without any of the awesome cloud stuff or VDI or P2V or V2p or sec or lots of other things...

In the commercial, yes. It's just an agressive strategy in advertising, big deal.

Enron said,
Metro is awesome.

Metro is so awesome Microsoft won't even release their next Office suite for it.

The videos might mean something if microsoft had a product that was actually worthy of competing with vmware.

tduffy said,
The videos might mean something if microsoft had a product that was actually worthy of competing with vmware.

So you're saying they mean something? Duh!

Darrian said,
When they get Virtual PC working on Windows 8 then I'll be able to laugh when they slam VMWare.

Yeah slam them for not making software compatable with a preview os...

Darrian said,
When they get Virtual PC working on Windows 8 then I'll be able to laugh when they slam VMWare.

Hyper-V

brent3000 said,

Yeah slam them for not making software compatable with a preview os...

Absolutely. It's not a matter of compatibility, it won't even install because they made it a windows update package that only works on 7. So as long as I can simply install VMware and it works then yeah, I'm gonna slam on MS (especially if they discontinue XP mode, because that will probably mean the end of Virtual PC as well).

Darrian said,
I'm not running a server and I have no interest in cloud computing.

Hyper-V works on Windows 8 client operating systems. You don't need a server!

Hyper-V therefore replaces VirtualPC.

Ci7 said,
Hyper-V

Can I run Mac OS X, Android x86, Linux builds, can I customize my network, like i do it on VWare and VirtualBox?