To make this an apples to apples, you need to look at the TCO of the Linux box over, say, 3 or 5 years: - Purchase price - Installation & configuration time - Domino license - Hardware warranty costs. Include OS/Domino support costs. - Include some staff time to administer. May not be much, but it will be >0. - Include cost or opportunity cost of another server in the rack (space, heat, power, switch port, etc.) - Backup solution/integration - BC/DR implications Assuming you have an open disk slot or two, I'd like to know how the above compares to the purchase price of a single disk (added to a RAID5 set) or two mirrored disks to an iSeries. For the iSeries, the costs for most of the above are nil; they're already covered by the rest of the system. There may also be accounting/tax implications: Are these capital assets with a write-down schedule?
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