[rescue] good sources for USIII + systems

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at verizon.net
Tue Jan 22 12:13:51 CST 2008

>From: hike <mh1272 at gmail.com>
>Date: 2008/01/22 Tue AM 11:51:24 CST
>To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
>Subject: Re: [rescue] good sources for USIII + systems

>On Jan 22, 2008 12:03 PM, Patrick Giagnocavo <patrick at zill.net> 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.
>> Example:
>> cheapest Sun 16GB system is a 14U V880 with 16GB RAM, 8x900Mhz CPUs,
>> 4x36GB disk  $2850
>> http://cgi.ebay.com/Sun-V880-Server-w-8x900MHZ-16GB-
>> RAM-144GB_W0QQitemZ170186314927QQihZ007QQcategoryZ51239QQssPageNameZWDVW
>> QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
>> 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
>> http://cgi.ebay.com/Newisys-4300-Sun-V40Z-Quad-2-0GHz-16GB-2x73GB-
>> Server_W0QQitemZ160201258598QQihZ006QQcategoryZ51238QQssPageNameZWDVWQQr
>> dZ1QQcmdZViewItem
>> Almost double, for a much larger and less compact system.
>> --Patrick
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>decent prices for a business-buyer with a one year, "bumper-to-bumper"
>nice floating, rubber ducky included with each server purchase!
>(i don't work for them but have purchased 4 or 5 servers from them--duckies
>are at home so i can't count them from work.)

I second the anysystem.com recommendation - I have also found them to be pretty flexible regarding exact options and "buy it now" pricing. Also, while they typically include free shipping, they are in North Jersey, so you could "drive a little, and save a lot" if you offer to pick it up for a better price...


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