Roger L. Smith
roger at ERC.MsState.Edu
Thu Dec 6 10:46:50 EST 2001
On Thu, 6 Dec 2001, Jeff Layton wrote:
> > I can tell you that IBM and Compaq are not "almost 3 times as much", at
> > least not for us! We recently bought 128 dual 1GHz PIII systems (1U) x330
> > systems (to add to the 164 dual 1GHz PIII SGI 1100 systems already
> > in-house) from IBM and paid only a slight premium over those "home-made"
> > type vendors.
> > For this premium, we receive a 3 year warranty (3x the warranty you
> > mention). When I have a hardware failure, I make one phone call an IBM
> > service engineer comes on site and fixes it. Plus I have other goodies
> > such as dual PCI slots in a 1U chassis, advanced system management
> > processor, and their console cable chaining technology.
> > As we analysed which vendors to use for our cluster system, we took a lot
> > more into account than flops/$, and we are quite pleased with our
> > decision.
> Sounds like IBM is buying business again...
If so, then all I can say is "Yippee for me!" FWIW, Compaq was offering
deals very near what IBM offered.
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