[SunRescue] RE: mainframes in our midst...

Joshua D. Boyd rescue at sunhelp.org
Fri Apr 6 15:48:35 CDT 2001

On Fri, 6 Apr 2001, Reagen Ward wrote:

> On Fri, Apr 06, 2001 at 11:51:49AM -0500, Patrick Giagnocavo wrote:
> One neat thing about using VM is the ability to create a completely
> autonomous VM in about 90 seconds (only done it with Linux S/390, and it
> takes about 90 seconds for that, may take less for others).  There's a
> story that IBM likes to tell about a telco company in Canada who was
> going heavily into hosting.  In order to use Suns for the number of
> dedicated hosts they needed, they would have to build a new datacenter
> in a new wing.  Instead, they bought one high-end IBM mainframe, and
> they can house 98k (Yes, 98,000) Linux VMs running with reasonable CPU
> performance and excellent I/O.  The phone operators can fire up a
> dedicated server for a customer while running their credit card number.
> The customer has their server available for them before they hang up.
> No, it can't run Oracle or anything like that, but if it's open source
> and it runs under Linux, it almost positively runs under Linux S/390.

Yehahh.  I can just see it now.  98k Postgress SQL servers running in one
refrigetator sized box.

My schools co-op office just send off my application to the local IBM
office.  Maybe I'll get to spend my summer and fall playing on a S/390.

Joshua Boyd

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