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Re: OT about Asus, was Re: What is the point of RAID?

On 11/09/08 06:58, Mark Allums wrote:
Ron Johnson wrote:
On 11/08/08 23:25, Mark Allums wrote:

But, would you want a render farm made up of SGI workstations from the
1990s?  The state of the art is still moving pretty fast.  Even for
mainframes, the shelf-life of what is generally considered useful for a
lot of applications is less than 6 years.

(a) your workload growth is relatively static, or
(b) you purchased excess capacity and are growing into it.

An important reason, though, why many mainframe shops upgrade is that the cost of maintenance contracts skyrocket after 4ish years, so that it's cheaper to buy a new machine than to maintain the old one.

True.  But the software running on the thing is 45 year-old-COBOL.  :)

Possibly the same binaries!

In a similar vein: contrary to Unix lore, most C apps are horribly non-portable, whereas COBOL apps are *very* portable.

Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA  USA

If you don't agree with me, you are worse than Hitler!!!

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