Opteron in a Dell?

Greg Cope greg.cope at e-dba.net
Fri Apr 28 03:08:05 CDT 2006


"traditionally" sun have used software raid on the hosts, and hardware
raid on the external storage (if required).  This is a generalisation.

Their model now seems to be that if you need storage, get a SAN.  Their
3510's are very nice.

HP also AMD's in many of their servers.

Greg


On Thu, 2006-04-27 at 17:22 -0400, David Hubbard wrote:
> Anyone have any thoughts on if we'll ever see an
> Opteron-based Dell?  I'm sure everyone's mileage
> may vary but I've found an Opteron-based server
> from Sun with two single-core 2.8 GHz cpu's is
> about 35% faster than a similarly configured PE1850
> with two 3.8 GHz Xeon cpu's for the type of web-based
> short-running but compute-bound processing that we
> subject servers to.  It consumes 2.7 amps of power
> vs 3.5 amps while doing this too.  What I don't like
> though is Sun's only option of serial attached
> scsi drives, they're dramatically lower capacity
> while being much more expensive, and their poor
> raid controller which can only do striping and
> mirroring, no 5 or 10.  Having to buy through resellers
> is a hassle I don't like either, but for the price
> being just a little more, we'd break even on the
> difference in two months at most thanks to the
> performance gain allowing us to put more customers on
> a system and the power savings, so it's tough to
> stay loyal given that.
> 
> David
> 
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