Support for Reiser and other things (was: Megaraid with brakes on?)
linux-poweredge at epperson.homelinux.net
Sat Jan 6 11:19:56 CST 2007
On Fri, January 5, 2007 23:46, Ben Scott wrote:
> On 1/5/07, Todd Lyons <tlyons at ivenue.com> wrote:
>> I wouldn't warranty something like that past a certain point either.
> I'm not asking Dell to warranty them. I'm asking them to take my
> money to keep them under a service contract. That means maintain a
> spare parts inventory and technicians to install same. I fully expect
> to pay a price premium for older equipment, and I'm perfectly willing
> to pay. But Dell will not sell one to me for any price.
> When we renewed the contract on our PE 2500 for the last year, it
> cost us something like $1500. Over the five year life of the server,
> we never *once* invoked the contract. The profit margin on that has
> to be pretty damn good. It's a fair bet Dell would have made more
> money selling us another year on the contract than they made selling
> us the PE 2900 to replace it.
ExACTly. And anticipating the economic viability question, it takes more
than just buying the hardware to replace a server. The 2550s I still have
in service have their replacements racked right beside them, waiting for
engineer time and downtime windows to do the ports and cutovers. Five
done, five to go. I can use contractors to do new servers for new
functionality, but porting an existing one requires in-depth knowledge of
the infrastructure and interdependencies.
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