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Submission + - Microsoft trying to poach Websphere clients (infoworld.com)

Tom writes: So someone from the business dept forwarded this on to our IT managers for perusal. It seems that Microsoft Marketing have come up with some benchmarks that nicely show that an .NET/Intel/Windows solution is drastically cheaper than a Websphere/POWER6/AIX solution, and much better performing to boot.

http://www.internetnews.com/software/article.php/3818056/Microsoft+Claims+WebSphere+Best+on+Windows.htm

Their "Informational website" is http://www.websphereloveswindows.com/ (Requires Silverlight, way to get to the non-MS audience there!)

Tidbits of information that they are touting include:
"The IBM configuration cost $260,128, while the HP-Microsoft-based set up cost $87,161 — about a third the cost of the IBM system. Beyond cost, however, Martin claims that the HP system also outperformed the IBM — with 11,000 transactions per second (tps) versus 8,000 tps on the Power"

Now we need to try to convince the business that this is just marketing buzz. How do we defend ourselves from these rather appealing MS numbers?

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