While making some sushi the other night it occurred to me that a Microsft infrastructure is like sushi in many ways.
You have lots of choices for the guts of the sushi, fish, seafood, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, rice, sauces, etc. And it all gets wrapped up(if you want a roll or handroll) in a wrapper of Nori which is usually seaweed or rice paper.
And so you end up with various flavors all sitting within or on top of the Windows Server platform.
Someone out there is going to make fun of me, but you kow what? I don't care.
Not all sushi is one type fits all or if you get salmon it must come with yellowtail as well.
Your network or infrastructure should be like ordering Sushi, I want nigiri or a roll but I do not want to be forced to have a roll because I ordered nigiri.
Microsoft makes you buy so many parts to just make an infrastructure work that it goes beyond a simple add on or 2 or even 3 to do the most basic functions. Discussed this many times, not going to rehash it here.
Next time you go out for sushi, think about it, your choices, your decisions, your feelings about it and then call up Microsoft and ask why you can't just get what you ordered or want to order, or for thast matter upgrade the way YOU want to upgrade your servers.
If you have problems saying no to Microsoft, evidently many people do based on the recent lowball offer to buy Yahoo!, let me know, we can help you handle vendor management and save you money too.