In what is actually an interesting post on database compression, ParAccel CTO Barry Zane threw in
Anyone who has met with us knows ParAccel shies away from hype.
But like many things ParAccel says, that is not true.
Edit (October, 2010): Like other posts I’ve linked to from Barry Zane’s blog, that one seems to be gone, with the URL redirecting elsewhere on ParAccel’s website.
The latest whoppers came in the form of several customers ParAccel listed on its website who hadn’t actually bought ParAccel’s DBMS, nor even decided to do so. It is fairly common to to claim a customer win, then retract the claim due to lack of permission to disclose. But that’s not what happened in these cases. Based on emails helpfully shared by a ParAccel competitor competing in some of those accounts, it seems clear that ParAccel actually posted fabricated claims of customer wins.
Another thing that was both technically and substantively false was ParAccel’s claim to be CERTIFIED price-performance leader. Obviously, this was meant to give the impression that ParAccel had been “certified” as the leader in price/performance, when the closest thing to that that was remotely true was that ParAccel had a leading position in the category of “price/performance measurements that happen to have a certification process.” At least, that was true for a short time; then ParAccel’s certification was found to have been erroneous, and got revoked, which did not however inspire ParAccel to immediately take the claim off the front page of its website.
ParAccel’s website also reflects a lot of praise from flagship customer LatiNode. What it perhaps understandably neglects to mention is that LatiNode is in a dormant state, placed there by acquirer Elandia due to LatiNode’s criminally corrupt customer acquisition practices.
I also don’t believe ParAccel’s endlessly-repeated claim that is has never lost a benchmark on performance. However, I must in fairness note that while I’ve been given names of customers who are supposed counterexamples to this claim by somebody I trust, I’ve never been able to actually verify those supposed ParAccel losses.