At least you get what you pay for
I hate low TCA boxes that can sneak under the purchasing departments approval process. We get thrown boxes that some department bought and thought x86 was "commodity" low price...etc.
They they get the bill for Oracle/WebSphere/Tivoli/DR/power/cooling/rackspace and they realized their cheap box is 10X more expensive than the virtual machines on the power boxes the smart departments use.
We have standardized on Power system for everything we can do and VMWare "someday Xen" for the windows, Linux not on Power stuff.
Interesting to see IBM adding more low end boxes. We prefer the high-end and have blades for the stand alone workloads which don't take advantage of hypersockets.
As for the SPARC gear we used to use, the guy who championed IBM Power is the star around the shop as we never went to SPARC64 which we hear is going the same way as UltraSPARC V. I would hate to writing "Oracle Solaris Engineer" on my resume
The Oracle sales rep who raised our prices 18% last year came by requesting a Sun box inventory for the new maintenance contracts which require all boxes to be on maint and we showed him the door and took his badge away. He now has to be escorted in the building.
Cheers from CA