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From:athompso Date:June 24 1999 1:36am
Subject:Re: Intel+BSD/Linux vs the Big Guys
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Sasha Pachev wrote:
> So I buy a low-end Sun for $5000 because I do not want do spend $100,000
> to throw it away and buy one for $100,000 when the $5000 guy cannot
> handle the load?

In the worst case, when the day comes that you need to upgrade to the
$100k SUN, you just unplug the SCSI drive from the original server and
mount it somewhere else on your new server.  You probably don't need to
any reconfiguration -- binary transportability is the name of the game
in "scalability".

Besides, those $5000 SUN boxes can go pretty far... It's generally
possible to at least quadruple the overall performance of any
"Ultra"-class system before upgrading the chassis.

OTOH, I'll certainly concede that the Intel crowd is getting much
*better* at this.  I have a dual-processor motherboard with a Celeron
366 in it right now.  Without doing any *major* hardware swapping, I can
move up to dual P-III 500Mhz CPUs (2.5* the raw computing power), and
with the addition of a RAID coprocessor I can probably double my IO/sec
count; the board can go up to 2Gb of RAM, from 128Mb currently.

The issue, I guess, is that you can't take an Intel platform very far
*beyond* that.  Within that range, it has scalability similar to that of
"brand-name" UNIX vendors' systems. It's just that the Intel range
doesn't go as far up as the PowerPC or PA-RISC or UltraSparc
architectures can.

-Adam
 (Running *production* Apache+PHP3+MySQL on a Pentium 166 quite happily
:-)

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