This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while now, but for one reason or another I kept putting it off. So when Mike Laverick asked me about what subjects I wanted to cover in my Chinwag, I finally got around to talking about it in public. I say in public, because this is something I and many others been saying to VMware behind closed doors for a bloody long time now. And as Mike pointed out during the Chinwag, there’s certain sense of irony in applying this phrase to VMware, given that Paul Maritz is credited with inventing it (or at the very least popularising the saying in the IT world) over 20 years ago.
I’m not writing this post to be inflammatory. Nor do I feel the need to justify my comments any more than what was said in the Chinwag. I just feel that a little more clarity and elaboration is needed – when we started on the topic the conversation was skirting around several things at once, all of which were pretty negative. And although I wouldn’t go as far to label those first 20 or so minutes as “VMware bashing”, I can understand how it might be seen that way. So let’s get that straight – when I say VMware should eat their own dogfood, I mean it constructively. I’m not talking about stuff like vCloud Director 1.0 requiring a database from the least-VMware-friendly company on the planet, or that the vSphere Client isn’t supported as a ThinApp package. I’m talking about something much more fundamental than that. I’m talking about glass houses and throwing stones.