> I believe that this year SUN has a chance to strut their stuff and the number of > servers, etc. to handle merchandising order fulfillment in relation to the > transaction volume would allow one of these two companies (IBM or SUN) to have a > "real world" cost/performance marketing opportunity. The IBM advantage is not horsepower, although I am sure you can build a big enough IBM box to dwarf the Sun. It will cost 4 times as much, but hey. The IBM advantage is that you can shoot a rocket propelled grenade thru it and it will keep running. (Don't really try this.) However, I don't expect that to continue forever. IBM has been spending gadzillions on research for the last ten years. It tells you something when they have to put a do-nothing-alot card in their server to slow it down enough so that the customers can pay for it. I expect them to come out with solid state disk at some point and blow everyone away. Brad Jensen too tired to make a tagline think of something clever quick
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