Right, Cheap or Quick – Pick Two!


The other day I was reading an excellent post from Jeroen van de Kamp. Words or wisdom! I’m sure you guys know at least one. Let me put here some examples taken from Jeroem ‘s post:

  • “A fool with a tool is still a fool.”,
  • “IT is simple but it’s difficult to make IT simple.”,
  • “Virtualization is NOT a management solution: it can only simplify management.”,
  • “Golden rule of server management: only apply changes after a reboot.”,
  • “It is cost effective to automate repetitive tasks; it is expensive and complicated to automate everything.”,
  • “Nothing is permanent, except for temporary solutions.”,
  • “Installing a new environment is easy. Making it capable of change is the tricky part.”,
  • “Real men don’t click.”,
  • “Assumption is the mother of all f**k-ups… and not checking afterwards is the mother-in-law…”,
  • “IT marketing is more hyped than next season’s fashions colors and the MTV awards combined.”

And the last one, my prefered, which was given in one of the many comments:

  • “You can have it done fast, good or cheap. Pick two!”

Also known as the Triangle Project. It is a graphic aid where the three attributes show on the corners of the triangle to show opposition.

We can interpret the triangle as follow:

  • Good + Fast = Expensive
  • Good + Cheap = Slow
  • Fast + Cheap = Inferior

I wanted to apply the idea to VMware vSphere 4.0 and Microsoft Hyper-V R2 to see what comes out of this holy triangle.
Because VMware vSphere 4.0 is definitely not a cheap product, far from free, it is then GOOD and FAST, right! On the other hand Microsoft claims it, they are cheap, cheaper than cheap, that is FREE, so I put a mark in the CHEAP column.  Next pick, what do you think? is Hyper-V GOOD or is it FAST? personally I think it is FAST!

So following this diagram and the interpretation we can make from it, Microsoft Hyper-V R2 is an inferior product whilst VMware vSphere 4.0 is expensive one. Of course these are my thoughts, you are free to have your own and comments are welcome 🙂

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About PiroNet

Didier Pironet is an independent blogger and freelancer with +15 years of IT industry experience. Didier is also a former VMware inc. employee where he specialised in Datacenter and Cloud Infrastructure products as well as Infrastructure, Operations and IT Business Management products. Didier is passionate about technologies and he is found to be a creative and a visionary thinker, expressing with passion and excitement, hopefully inspiring and enrolling people to innovation and change.
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