Monday, August 5, 2013

I Have Read My Last TechRepublic Article...This Was The Final Straw.

I am not one that normally will rant about a "tech" website but this is something that has been tugging at me for a while now.

I have decided to not read another article from this point forward.

Now, you are probably wondering, "Why do you feel that way?".

Well, let me tell you what pushed me over the edge.

I get to work this morning, and start my normal routine. I check my email, do some light reading and then plan the rest of my day as far as projects that need to be done, along with supporting customers & increasing my knowledge about the products I support. Pretty typical stuff. This morning one of these emails was from, with a link to an article in the headline of said email:

Seven reasons virtualization hasn't fully taken off in the enterprise

Excuse me??!!?! I had a double-take for a moment, couldn't believe I read that headline right so I followed the link and began reading.

Was this an article from 10 years ago? Nope.
Was this an article from a well respected IT Guru? Nope.
Was this article anywhere close to being technical? Absolutely not.

I'm not going to go too deep into the details, but obviously the author should not be writing an article talking about virtualization technology, when the author has no credentials to do so. Mary Shacklett shows no prior experience with virtualization, and yet is allowed to write an article on virtualization, making ridiculous statements such as the the above headline.

I'm not sure where Mary has been the last 10 years. But I am not seeing anyone in the SMB market not talking about and implementing virtualization. And I would bet that you will be hard pressed to find an enterprise data center that hasn't been virtualizing like crazy over the past few years. I mean, no one is using any cloud service right? No one in 2013 is using SaaS, IaaS or PaaS right? Wrong. The word Virtualization is being incorrectly used in this article to describe what are false arguments.

The author, and I say this with all due respect, should stick to making marketing material, and stay out of the tech article business. And TechRepbulic, this has been a trend for a while that I have noticed, putting out garbage articles and passing them as authoritative when they are far from it. I have been a loyal reader since 2009, but today was the last article. I am taking my eyes and time elsewhere, to higher quality tech sites.

So long!