[Beowulf] Consumer vs. Enterprise Hard Drives in Clusters
gus at ldeo.columbia.edu
Wed Jan 21 21:29:09 EST 2009
Greg Lindahl wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 05:35:06PM -0800, Jon Forrest wrote:
>> An even wiser man once told me that Seagate 1TB drives
>> aren't weird stuff. They're the same no matter where you
>> buy them. In other words, they're commodity drives.
> So you think newegg's customers buy a lot of Enterprise drives?
> Things that you don't sell much of are weird, and your pricing
> won't necessarily be competitive for them.
> Now I don't know if newegg is charging a fair price or not, but
> I would not depend on that single data point to determine the
> price difference.
> -- greg
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John, Greg, list
Just for comparison.
1) Prices at CDW:
(consumer) ST31000333AS -$119.99
(enterprise) ST31000340NS - $173.99
(enterprise) ST31000340NS bulk, pack of 20 - $5,681.99 ($284.10/drive!!!)
2) Best prices on PriceGrabber (a few minutes ago):
(consumer) ST31000333AS (Lagoom.com): $106.99
(enterprise) ST31000340NS (Tech4Less) : $155.19
(enterprise) ST31000340NS bulk, pack of 20 (NextWareHouse): $3570.80
It is weird that the bulk price is always higher.
Any other suggestions of specific vendors
that may have better prices of enterprise (or consumer)
class drives, in bulk or not?
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