In the last episode (Apr 04), JW said:
> On Thursday 04 April 2002 09:48 am, you wrote:
> > I think you'll find that the RISC systems have fewer processors and
> > run at lower clockspeeds for the same total performance. 100k is a
> > HUGE amount of money to drop on a system. You could get 2 full
> > racks of high performance 1U systems, including everything, for
> > less, but whatever!
> ^^^^ did you mean to say "You could get 2 full racks of high
> performance 1U x86 systems" ? Or are you saying I should get several
> smaller systems either way?
Heh. plus the maintenence nightmare of managing 48 servers, 96 mirrored
boot disks, 96 power supplies, etc etc..
A comparable system to the Dell link you pasted is the Sun Fire v880.
For $120k, you get 8x750mhz Ultrasparc III CPUs, 32GB of RAM, and 12
36gb fibrechannel disks. Those are 64-bit CPUs with 8MB of cache
(compared to the 32bit Xeons w/2M you'd get with the Dell), and should
easily outperform the Dell box.
Dan "sql,query" Nelson