[rescue] good sources for USIII + systems
ploopster at gmail.com
Tue Jan 22 12:13:45 CST 2008
Patrick Giagnocavo wrote:
> On Jan 22, 2008, at 11:44 AM, Sridhar Ayengar wrote:
>> Patrick Giagnocavo wrote:
>>> I don't know if it is because Sun had a sales slump, or for some
>>> other reason, but inexpensive USIII-based systems and those based on
>>> the T1 chip are still hard to find on eBay at least.
>>> Anyone have any good sources for such systems? Minimum RAM
>>> capability needs to be 16GB RAM because I do a lot of zones etc.
>>> Right now it seems dual-Opterons with lots of RAM are at least half
>>> the cost.
>> Depends on what you mean by inexpensive.
> Well, allowing for some of the nicer features that Sun gear has (true
> LOM etc.), and comparing e.g. typical IO and memory bandwidth, the
> USIII stuff is overpriced compared to the similar performance you can
> get from Opterons running e.g. 64 bit Solaris.
> cheapest Sun 16GB system is a 14U V880 with 16GB RAM, 8x900Mhz CPUs,
> 4x36GB disk $2850
> similar in CPU power (probably a lot faster actually), quad-Opteron
> (though not a V40z as claimed in ad) $1600 in a 3U or 4U chassis
> Almost double, for a much larger and less compact system.
I think that probably has something to do with economies of scale.
Anyway, I just picked up a F6800 for $8000 with 48GB RAM and 24
processors, and I consider that to be a pretty good deal.
That's a much bigger configuration that what you're looking at, though.
And it's definitely not compact. And I don't think you can get an
Opteron system that big.
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