So, get off my lawn and stop saying stupid things in the presence of grown-ups !
Just looking at the hardware and software cost is very short-sighted. Factor in operating, management, custom software development cost and the picture looks different. For example, if you don't have proper job control facilities, a single user can monopolize the system by accident and affect lots of different user groups/applications on the same system. Raw horsepower is only one of many important aspects.
IBM is a company dominated by the sales and finance guys. Technology is very much a nuisance to them, which they only need to make $$. At MS and Intel, there seem to be some technologists at the critical posts, even though the MBA-In-Chief of MS appears to "change" that, recently.
Mr Watson was pissed but from then on focused on mainframes, not supercomputers.
Always good to see that a single capable and determined man can stand up to the sleazy multi-billion corporations and win !
Actually, MapReduce is all the rage with companies like TeraData, who had an affiliation with BigIron in the past.
Just recently I fought with DB/2 and only the field engineer could help this time, again.
IBM was always very much sales/service oriented and they still cannot compete with the "shrink-wrapped" companies like MS and Oracle. IBM is a relic of the past and will soon be history because it is simply much more efficient to perfect a product once instead of sending a field engineer to each and every customer to clean up the problems they haven't fixed during R&D time.