[rescue] Compaq Proliant 8000

Charles Shannon Hendrix shannon at widomaker.com
Fri Apr 30 15:30:26 CDT 2004

Fri, 30 Apr 2004 @ 14:42 -0400, Joshua Boyd said:

> If I had to manage 500 PC users, my first thought would be to move them
> to some sort of thing client and invest in huge servers.

That *is* a good idea, but it's a hard sell.

The last time I saw a desktop rollout, it was 40K desktops.  They never
even remotely considered a client server system, or any alternative to
overpriced Windows desktops from IBM.

That's the kind of mentality you are facing.

Evidently some of you guys have not seen the dark side of corporate
America yet.

> What is the upgrade budget?  $500,000?  $750,000?  That should be able
> to easily get you a nice stack of SunRays and big sun servers.

> Plus, you can probably lay off some of the IT staff.

At Bank of America, they had 11 very expensive Compaq racks running
Windows NT, each of which I believe was 2-4 machines.  This was just for
file serving.  They had to be rebooted nightly due to memory leaks.

A single large UNIX server would have easily replaced them all.

Nothing in the corporate Wintel world make any bloody sense.

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