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Microsoft HPC claim: Windows is cheaper than Linux

Sep 22, 2010, 17:03 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Brodkin)

"Microsoft has made some pretty bold claims about Linux throughout its longstanding love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with the open source operating system.

"Complaints about Linux infringing on patents have been pretty commonplace. What you don't hear so often is Microsoft claiming that Windows is cheaper than Linux.

"But that is exactly what Microsoft said Monday when it released Windows HPC Server 2008 R2, the latest version of its software for building high-performance computing clusters.

"Microsoft: We love open source

""Recent research demonstrates that Windows HPC Server is 32 percent to 51 percent less expensive than Linux-based HPC systems over five years," Microsoft said in a press release.

"This "recent research" is a study sponsored by Microsoft and executed by the Crimson Consulting Group, which examines the total cost of an HPC deployment consisting of 250 compute nodes and 1,000 desktop nodes. The study compares Windows HPC Server to two Linux scenarios, one involving Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Platform LSF and the other involving Red Hat Enterprise Linux and DataSynapse GridServer."

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