On Thu, Aug 24, 2006 at 05:26:33PM -0400, Bob Mariotti wrote:
Having worked with both types of systems, online business applications
on AIX with the RS6K's and mostly online web serving with the AMD's, and
now running all my desktops and servers on AMD w/Linux (windoze
free!!!), I personally and professionally would recommend the latter
for what you are talking about.
How have you found reliability with the AMD (and the whole platform)?
My perception (probably wrong as it seems) is that with the new x86
systems running so hot, with everything being a comodity, with upgrades
requiring replacement rather than adding on (e.g. another processor
card) that the reliability suffers compared to the RS/6000. This is
what I've found with comodity level x86. My only reliable computer is
my IBM 486 (no hardware/firmware/mysterious errors ever since I bought
it in 1994). My pentium 75 is a joke. My Pentium II 233 has a bum
power supply and when asked re the value of replacing it says "well that
Asus board was a good board but its 5 years old now".
If I go with the AMD, how do I know what's a good quality board vs a
comodity board (and other components) or do I just trust the vendor to
put together a good, long lasting, box?
When you need to upgrade your servers for performance, do your old ones
still have life in them to resell? Nobody around here has older x86
boxs (I haven't checked with my RS/6000 vendor).
Feel free to email me directly if you wish since this is leaving the
purpose of the list.