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Tech Perspective: Who to believe? Micro

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According to Gartner, administrators shouldn't put much stock in a recent comparison test, funded by Microsoft, which claims that Exchange Server outperforms Lotus Notes Domino Server. Do you think that Microsoft tends to overstate the capabilities of Exchange Server? How much weight should vendor-sponsored comparison tests have when it comes to influencing decisions on software and hardware purchases for an organization? How much do you depend on these comparison tests when making a decision? You can read the related Gartner article, which will be posted on 3 A.M. Monday, at http://www.techrepublic.com/article.jhtml?id=r00220000717ggp01.htm

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by mcorr In reply to Tech Perspective: Who to ...

Microsoft doesn't overstate capabilities, they "creatively" state the abilities. That means they state the great things, but not the bad. Vendor tests are virtually useless, mostly useful so execs can state "we have the best x" and back it up withtheir rigged test.

Good luck getting your impartial test off the ground. Microsoft will not participate in any test they won't win, because they will run the test internally first.

How about this for a fair test:
1. Spinning off a tiny company for just the test.
2. Hire a consulting company that specializes in setting up each to configure a best possible system (within a budget)
3. Publish the numbers, and let MS revoke the licenses from the small spin off company.

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by smithjj In reply to Tech Perspective: Who to ...

Do you think that Microsoft tends to overstate the capabilities of
Exchange Server?

I'm sure what they state is accurate and true. However, what they
state, as the article avers, may not be relevant or useful, and may
be misleading. Comparing software with different hardware configurations
is meaningless. I'm surprised MS even bothers, for it undermines any
credibility they have. Only the guillable will be taken in by this test.

How much weight should vendor-sponsored comparisontests have
when it comes to influencing decisions on software and
hardware purchases for an organization?

If the vendor tests exactly what the company needs, then it's useful.
Don't bet on it.

How much do you depend on these comparison tests when
making a decision?

None whatsoever. We do our own tests, and we choose hardware and
software more on functionality than performance.

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