Microsoft parody VMware with "VMlimited Man"

After the recent success of the previous Microsoft parody videos, Microsoft have made a third video that pokes fun at virtualization software company VMware with a character called “VMlimited Man”. The video features a guy called Tad, working at VMlimited, who attempts to sell clients limited virtualization packages from the past; a number of funny scenarios ensue. Microsoft encourages you to “watch what happens when you try to buy a cloud solution from the wrong company”.

The video has come out on the same day that the VMworld conference has started in Las Vegas, and is an attempt to sway users away from virtualization solutions that are “stuck in the IT past” like VMware are portrayed as being. At the VMlimited website, Microsoft conveniently links you to the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform that they are pushing as the better solution.

Microsoft seems committed to making funny videos at the expense of other companies, and as Microsoft’s Frank Shaw mentions on the TechNet blog, “you can expect to see us continue to find ways to tell our story… using ads, tweets, video, infographics, and, we hope, more than a dash of humor”. If you haven’t checked out the previous internal parody videos (that leaked to the public), take a look at Gmail Man; the other featuring Microsoft executives car-pooling to work seems to have been removed.

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I think a lot of you are missing the point here. They are poking fun at vSphere 5's ram capacity limits where you buy the software but you are limited in how much ram you can use per server per the license and as you hit those built in ram limits by adding more memory to a server you need to buy more licenses even if you are not buying more servers. Thats really all they are poking fun of. These restrictions are NEW to vSphere 5 and Hyper-V has no licensing ram restrictions only up to what the hypervisor technology currently supports. In short they are saying with vSphere 5 the more ram you have in your server the more you are going to pay which is true. With that said vSphere 5 is still a bit ahead of Hyper-V from a feature and functionality perspective but Hyper-V is pretty solid nowadays and superior in some ways with the right management tools (System Center Stack).

Not used Hyper-V yet but I hear nothing but bad things. I use VMware ESX a lot and love it to bits.
Still, I like these videos!

this is just hilarious, someone has a pretty distorted sense of reality, and it's just like boumboqc said....

Please MS you are more that that, I work with VMware and It is ewesome, the interfaces, the administration, the performance, I just remember that the first time that I saw a HyperV presentation the presenter said, sorry guys we have problems with our virtual servers and we will give you access to our lab if you sent us an email, please MS If you want respect, you should be respect your competitor and demostrate that your product is better that VMWare Leader in innovation, remenber that you just arrived, and with this ticks and wiles, I hate all this kind of things, be more responsable and work to give everybody best solutions instead of tarnish the name of others. I thing all of this MS stuff is a Joke, Why Bill Gate let's his people do this ? ....

The thing is, Windows Virtual PC is much more inferior than VMWare, for instance VMWare can run on any Windows machine, Virtual PC can only run on Windows 7 Pro, Enterprise and Ultimate, arbitrarily locking it into a different edition of the same OS. Also talk about being stuck in the past, VPC 2007? Really?

Azies said,
The thing is, Windows Virtual PC is much more inferior than VMWare, for instance VMWare can run on any Windows machine, Virtual PC can only run on Windows 7 Pro, Enterprise and Ultimate, arbitrarily locking it into a different edition of the same OS. Also talk about being stuck in the past, VPC 2007? Really?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyper-V

coth said,

Do you able to run Android x86 with Hyper-V? And do you able to use Hyper-V on your current operating system without constant switching between Windows 7 and Windows Server?

It's rather silly to even talk about desktop virtualisation, as that's not what this is all about. Virtualbox and Vmware workstation probably will be dead in the water anyway as hyper-v will be included in Windows 8, as Hyper-V is a hypervisor, the performance increase will be immense, so I wouldn't want to run either Vmware workstation or virtualbox anymore.

Guess I don't understand the IT server market at all so am not sure why Microsoft is picking on VMWare. I purchased VMWare Fusion and a license to Windows 7 to run on my Macbook...seems like cooperating products, not competing products.

I don't really use Microsoft's Server offerings, but when I had to do some work with Hyper-V earlier this year it was pretty horrific. VMware/VirtualBox is where it's at for me. Wouldn't want to touch Hyper-V ever again, the way it handles networking is such a pain in the bum.

I grant it that MS hyperV server still needs some improvement to catch up with WMware server, but the video is about WMWare announced 'Cloud' services, not the servers themselves. I've been looking in their website and it does appear like the video points out that they are really selling you the servers, not cloud services. Cloud services are about you buy the 'service', and another company operates the software and hardware and gives you tools to manage them. You are not supposed to be buying a physical server, that's just having a server running virtual machines, which we've been doing for years now. So, as far as I can gather from WMware site, if you have to buy the hardware, that's not cloud, and MS Cloud is a real cloud.
Regarding the use of comedy, well, MS has tried with the serious approach, never mentioning a competitor and Apple came up with the very damaging Mac vs PC ads, which started the hate and mockery that has become fashion these days. Unfortunately, with the short attention span of people today, seriousness and honor is boring, so if MS has to hit back a little to get attention, so be it. I'm tired of MS being so low profile in his marketing, they have so many products and so many features that most people ignore. For instance, Hotmail has many features and many thing Gmail is better... but have you seen the quick views for shipping updates with an active view that when it sees a tracking number in an email it displays tracking right there? Or when you compose an email how you can quickly insert movie showtimes, clip art, events and maps using the From Bing menu?

Yes you can, and are actually encouraged to do just that.

Install Windows 2008 R2 as Server Core, rather than Full Installation, then install HV from the powershell console.

EDIT:
This was supposed to be a reply to Tony a couple of posts up, but I hit the wrong button...


Actually, your reply is to "Shining Arcanine", which replied to Tony's post. It is Shining Arcanine that made the comment about not being able to run Windows 2008 R2 without the graphical shell.

MS is what 2 or 3 years behind VMware...? Since when are they stuck in the past? Not to mention MS's Office 365 (office cloud) service outages. Hilarious ad though.

Krieg said,
MS is what 2 or 3 years behind VMware...? Since when are they stuck in the past? Not to mention MS's Office 365 (office cloud) service outages. Hilarious ad though.

Uhm, ok, you're in the past.

dotf said,

Uhm, ok, you're in the past.

Perfect example why this is probably the most unfriendly forum I've ever seen, suppose it's time to go back to trolling. But before I go, let me say this: Even though your comment makes no sense whatsoever, yes, VMware is way ahead of MS's Hyper V products. Granted, MS' product is cheaper, VMware's is tried and true. Spending some time and doing a little research would prove my point. But sadly, I feel like I'm just talking to someone who doesn't understand visualization much less, VMware.

http://www.vmware.com/files/pd...atures-comparison-ch-en.pdf (for 4.1) but 5.0 has been announced and is again...dare I say...ahead of MS.

http://www.vmware.com/files/pd...ware-vSphere-vs-Hyper-V.pdf (5.0)

Edited by Krieg, Aug 29 2011, 5:54pm :

Krieg said,

Perfect example why this is probably the most unfriendly forum I've ever seen, suppose it's time to go back to trolling. But before I go, let me say this: Even though your comment makes no sense whatsoever, yes, VMware is way ahead of MS's Hyper V products. Granted, MS' product is cheaper, VMware's is tried and true. Spending some time and doing a little research would prove my point. But sadly, I feel like I'm just talking to someone who doesn't understand
visualization much less, VMware.

Nah it's not years ahead, and since hyper-v r2 and csv, it became the most obvious choice when clustering is concerned.

http://www.vmware.com/files/pd...atures-comparison-ch-en.pdf (for 4.1) but 5.0 has been announced and is again...dare I say...ahead of MS.

http://www.vmware.com/files/pd...ware-vSphere-vs-Hyper-V.pdf (5.0)


Krieg said,
Not to mention MS's Office 365 (office cloud) service outages. Hilarious ad though.

Unless im mistaken 365 was down for a few hours... Thats still 99.9% up-time (which i think is 8-9 hours of down time in any given year)
i think...

Krieg said,
....

Kudos to you for finding vmware brochureware on vmware's site.

I'm sure I read a similar piece of fluff from a Microsoft commissioned study which says the opposite.

I want to see some real independent source that says my dollars would be better spent with vmware.

the video is pretty funny. "The more you use, the more you pay...".lol Even more I would buy one of those packets. NOT. micro$oft do pretty well their advertisements, even to the competense

ThePitt said,
the video is pretty funny. "The more you use, the more you pay...".lol Even more I would buy one of those packets. NOT. micro$oft do pretty well their advertisements, even to the competense

Ahem... wut?

Tony. said,
Actually, Microsoft Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V is pretty good..

Unfortunately, you can't run it without the graphical shell. It is just like using a version of Windows from the 1990s with some virtualization software on top.

Shining Arcanine said,

Unfortunately, you can't run it without the graphical shell. It is just like using a version of Windows from the 1990s with some virtualization software on top.


"It is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

You clearly have no clue as to anything about Hyper-V.

mikefarinha said,

"It is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

You clearly have no clue as to anything about Hyper-V.


Shining Arcanine said,

Unfortunately, you can't run it without the graphical shell. It is just like using a version of Windows from the 1990s with some virtualization software on top.

Wrong on both counts, hyper-v does run on server core, you know that's the version of server 2008(R2) without a gui, and it can be fully managed with powershell these days. The hypervisor doesn't run on top of the os, but underneath, providing huge performance benefits as compared to normal desktop virtualisation software.

Rockett15 said,
Since when is VMware stuck in the past?

Its funny reading this comment from someone with the early apple logo in their avatar

brent3000 said,

Its funny reading this comment from someone with the early apple logo in their avatar
Ha!

boumboqc said,
Clearly, when you have nothing on your side, you laugh about the others.
Nice ad btw

Same thing with the Gmailman. Seriously MS, show more class. Don't stoop to the Apple's level. You will never get your respect back.

BK201 said,

Same thing with the Gmailman. Seriously MS, show more class. Don't stoop to the Apple's level. You will never get your respect back.

How they are stooping to Apple's level? From what I see they are just spreading their message by releasing a couple of funny videos here and there. However when Apple made ads like this they used it as a marketing technique and pushed it onto consumers through round the clock tv ads, not to mention exaggerating people's opinions about vista even though it wasn't as bad as it was thought out to be.

yazb123 said,

How they are stooping to Apple's level? From what I see they are just spreading their message by releasing a couple of funny videos here and there. However when Apple made ads like this they used it as a marketing technique and pushed it onto consumers through round the clock tv ads, not to mention exaggerating people's opinions about vista even though it wasn't as bad as it was thought out to be.

no... this is the same. And I'm a microsoft user.

boumboqc said,
Clearly, when you have nothing on your side, you laugh about the others.
Nice ad btw

Nice try, Tad.

BTW VMWare is a pain to work with.

boumboqc said,
Clearly, when you have nothing on your side, you laugh about the others.
Nice ad btw

Only the people that work in system environment know that the real competition for Microsoft is VMWare. But the rest of the people who simply use Windows might not even heard of VMWare, except the Virtual Machine they played with once. This ads(yes, it's an ads afterall) shows MS aware of the threat and hence making fun of one product they can find weakness.