Well, we succeeded in making someone really mad last night by publishing the first of a series of articles on de-duplication by analyst George Crump of Storage Switzerland.
A lone ranger with the handle of "hutchins" wrote on the message board and email that Crump's first installment favored one vendor's de-dupe approach to the exclusion of others. He demanded to know whether George had been paid for work with de-dupe vendors in the past. Not happy with the analyst's answer, he challenged the article on a number of points.
In fairness, we at Byte and Switch took a risk in publishing George Crump's article as a news story. Normally, that wouldn't be a big issue: Arguably, nearly every storage analyst working out there today has been or is currently being paid for work by vendors. (In fact, my predecessor at this publication generated a small firestorm when he pointed this out very specifically a few years back.) This state of affairs does not stop us from quoting analysts and publishing their work. If an analyst is credible as a legitimate distiller of industry information, that is usually apparent and widely acknowledged.
In our view, George Crump is one of the credible analysts.