4-8CPU solaris boxes? FOR PET SHOP??? In my experience as a web developer. Take an 'average' $10m project, 10 developers, couple of business analysts, the appserver will be 2 E450 boxes, maybe 3 E350 webserver, maybe an E450 for the database. If ANYONE makes a .NET/J2EE decision on grounds of COST the project will fail because the person making the decisions is a fcukwitt.
That site is a Microsoft site. No, not a site that favours Microsoft, or one that is affiliated with Microsoft. That site is pure Microsoft: <pre> Microsoft Corporation (GOTDOTNET7-DOM) One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052-6399 US Domain Name: GOTDOTNET.COM Administrative Contact: Gudmundson, Carolyn (GPIIZCVTVI) firstname.lastname@example.org
One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052 US (425) 882-8080 (425) 936-7329 Technical Contact: Microsoft Corp (EPMKOEAUSO) msnhst@MICROSOFT.COM Microsoft Corp One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052 US 425 882 8080 Record expires on 21-Aug-2005. </pre> So I would ignore everything you see on this site. You may be able to verify that everything on that page is correct as they reported it, but this is rarely the whole story with Microsoft. Microsoft have long had a history of comparing apples and oranges. So, it may have taken Microsoft twice as many lines to code the application in Websphere compared to .Net. But they probably do not have the same (or any) expertise with Websphere. They have done this before: a finely tuned Microsoft server beats a default installation of Linux in certain benchmarks. Well duh. Likewise, it may cost as much as they suggest for the licenses that they mention, but is that the whole story? Are these bulk prices or 8 * individual prices? Would IBM sell that configuration? Are the products comparible? I don't know the answers to any of these questions, I am just saying that I do not expect Microsoft to tell you anything that would make a competitor look like they can compete with Microsoft, let alone look better than Microsoft. Regards, Andrew