[rescue] Small servers (was Re: WTT: 1.5G of PC2700 for 1G of PC100)

Jerry Kemp sun.mail.list at oryx.cc
Sun May 4 13:18:53 CDT 2008

I *really* hope you are joking...

At $work, we are replacing V480's, V490's & V880's like crazy with T5K's 
due to:

* saved rack space
* cooling & power requirements in the data center
* big CPU HP jump

We have lots of T5X20's, but we got our first T5140 last week to begin 
working with in our testing tier.  Its amazing to see mpstat show 128 

There is just nothing in the x86 world that comes close to touching the 
new T5K servers for our work load.


On 05/04/08 09:47, Carl R. Friend wrote:
>    On Sun, 4 May 2008, Patrick Finnegan wrote:
>> How does software that runs on an HP x86 box not run on a Sun x86 box?
>    I'm fighting a rear-guard battle at $PPOE to retain Solaris-on-
> SPARC that I expect to lose in the next year or so.  Sun's pricing
> on the SPARC gear is out of line -- performance-wise -- with what
> can get done on an x86 system, and my argument about not wanting
> to jump on the monoculture bandwagon doesn't seem to hold much water
> in a world of completely non-technical Management.
>    Sooner or later, some creative type *will* come up with an x86
> piece of "malware" that's cross-platform and will target the under-
> lying CPU; heck it might be in the wild already just waiting for a
> certain moment in time to blow the x86's underlying RISC core's
> microcode to all nulls and turn a goodly chunk of the computing
> infrastructure into bricks in a flash (sorry for that pun).  A
> SPARC system (or anything other than an x86 would be immune to
> these shenanigans because they can't run native x86 code -- which,
> in my book, is a Good Thing.
>    I am not looking forward to the day where a simple sysadmin
> needs the equivalent of a T-1 line just so he can deal with the
> GUI-only interfaces that are taking over.  Give me a nice simple
> serial interface (like OBP) any day of the week over glitz, splash,
> and flash.
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