IBM Declines Challenge, Asks Microsoft to Kill Anti-IBM Website

Just about one month after Microsoft leveled a challenge to IBM about saving customers money and improving performance by running WebSphere on Windows, IBM has responded with a legal maneuver calling for Microsoft to cool it.

Just about one month after Microsoft leveled a challenge to IBM about saving customers money and improving performance by running WebSphere on Windows, IBM has responded with a legal maneuver calling for Microsoft to cool it.

Steven Martin, senior director of development platform products at Microsoft, told eWEEK that IBM lawyers have contacted Microsoft asking the company to cease and desist from advertising its claims of superior performance and value of running IBM's WebSphere on Windows Server 2008.

In late April, Microsoft established a Website with the theme of "Who Knew" that celebrated the use of Windows for running IBM middleware technology. Microsoft's Martin responded in a blog post calling IBM out to a bake-off.

In that post, Martin said:

""Yesterday I blogged about some recent findings regarding both system cost and performance when comparing Windows Server 2008 on an HP Blade Server against AIX on a POWER 570/POWER6 based server. As I stated, the tests showed that WebSphere loved running on Windows...to the tune of 66 percent cost savings and with better performance.""

However, rather than take the challenge to prove which solution was better performance- and value-wise, IBM instead responded through its lawyers.

"I'm disappointed that we heard from their attorneys rather than their performance team," Martin said. "They didn't respond to our request. But they asked us to take our site down." Martin said Microsoft is still deciding what to do about IBM's request.