Re: I'd prefer the term 'Faffing'
"little less 'cobbled together'"
You clearly know zero about the subject to make such a comment. Microsoft's stack is way ahead of anyone else's in this space for integration.
Open Stack and similar are leading the 'cobbled together' model, and VMWare are desperately trying to catch up with Microsoft in Software Defined Networking - after belatedly realising that a solution that relied on proprietary Cisco hardware wasn't gaining any market penetration....and they are also having a great deal of trouble in competing with Hyper-V's 'the hypervisor is free' model.....Microsoft are taking a rapidly increasing market share....VMWare are likely to end up as a niche player.