"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