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People rarely pay sticker price for this stuff. Right now SO is still using bizspark, but lets pretend we are paying sticker for our NY Datacenter:

* 10x Windows Server Standard R2 for the Web Tier (~1k per)

* 4x Enterprise OS (4k) for the DBs (were are going to give SO its own DB soon)

* 8 Sockets of SQL Server Enterprise R2 (27k) .

So 10x1000 +4x4000 + 8x27000 ~= 242k sticker price. Again people don't tend to pay sticker price for this stuff -- but this guesstimate is not $2 Million by any means.

References: http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/pricing.aspx http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/pricing.asp...

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