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Egads, a flame war erupts over a virtual appliance

Well folks, sometimes it isn't about virtualization technology and news all by itself.  Sure, we are all coming here to find out what is going on in the industry because each of us is interested in virtualization... whether that is server, desktop, storage, network, etc. 

And while all of us are fascinated with virtualization news and technology, every now and then, another type of nugget seems to get found.  This time, Richard Cardona shares a humorous nugget with us.  It brought me back to the old days of BBS flame wars, only this time, it isn't the youth of America arguing about something silly... it's a tech and marketing guy going at it about a virtual appliance... well, sort of.  Anyway, read it, and make your own assumptions.  If nothing else, it brought a smile to my face, in a rather twisted, child like manner.

Virtualization sets off a marketing versus tech flame war between ASIC-based hardware and a virtual Universal Threat Management (UTM) appliance.

Here is a play-by-play from a third party:

http://ashimmy.typepad.com/ashimmy/2006/06/a_good_old_fash.html

 

The parties that seem to be involved:
Alex Neihaus, Astaro's VP of Marketing 
Christofer Hoff, Crossbeam's Chief Security Strategist



This quote was captured before Alex removed it:
"Also, this ain't my first ride on a tuna boat, pal.  While I haven't had the privilege of peddling FTP software for a living, I know a thing or two about security -- designing, deploying, managing and using it.  As I mentioned in the comments I sent you, everyone's a dog on the Internet, Alex, and you're pissing on the wrong hydrant."

Chris is without answers:
 
 
Thanks again to Richard Cardona for sending this one our way.
Published Saturday, June 10, 2006 10:32 AM by David Marshall
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Christofer Hoff - (Author's Link) - June 10, 2006 9:32 PM
David:

Your post brought a smile to my face *not* because I am in any way proud of the fact that I was suckered into a pissing match with someone who can't defend his own propaganda, but because I really do miss the ole BBS days...I think I still have a set of Novation modems I used to stand up my first BBS on my Apple ][ back in the '80's. ;)

What got missed in all of this is that I am a HUGE proponent of virtualization and am involved deeply in implementing VM in the security space.

I've followed up with a couple of posts (sans one Mr. Neihaus) on my blog: http://rationalsecurity.typepad.com

Thanks for the ping.

Chris
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