[rescue] SunBlade 2000 vs SunBlade 2500 vs Ultra 45

Jonathan Patschke jp at celestrion.net
Mon Aug 3 14:16:32 CDT 2009

On Mon, 3 Aug 2009, Patrick Giagnocavo wrote:

> Without a way to get into POWER for under $2K you can forget about it
> ever being a major force in the industry.

Not everyone wants to buy cheap crap, and that's exactly what any SPARC
system under $5000 is.

IBM's business model revolves around:
   1) Always answering "yes" to "holy $#!+, it costs THAT MUCH?"
   2) Building huge brute-force equipment that generally Does Not Quit.

(With the exception of the xSeries platform sorely noted)

> Niche is OK, just don't try to tell me that niche matters...

Tell that to IBM's balance sheet and anyone who relies on a bulletproof
mainframe[0] or a PPC research cluster.  The finance industry heavily
relies on IBM equipment, and, as recently as 2005, most of the mechanical
CAD in the automotive industry happened on AIX workstations.

[0] Not POWER, or, at least not until ECLipz, but not a "major force" by
     your definition, either.
Jonathan Patschke < "There is great satisfaction in building good tools
Elgin, TX          > for other people to use."
USA               <                                     --Freeman Dyson

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