Brad Fitzpatrick (brad) wrote,
Brad Fitzpatrick

64-bit hell update

An update to my 64-bit server hell:

The memory still didn't come in. I could've waited, but it turns out I was misinformed/confused about the new motherboards coming in (they hadn't), and there was no ETA on those, since Intel's chipsets still suck.

So... I ordered some AMD Opterons.

Silicon Mechanics had enough in stock to put together some systems (on a Sunday!) with Tyan motherboards, dual Opteron 242s, and 8GB of ram.

One of the Opteron systems died in burn-in after 7 hours. The other didn't. But I don't have much confidence in those now.

So, on to other vendors! I figure if I order from 3-4 different vendors at once, somebody will eventually arrive, and work.

I call it: Redundant Array of Indepedent Droids (sales droids, that is)

IBM: got me a quote. But delivery will be 30 days, and I don't totally believe them. But so far this is the most promising option.

HP: their "systems are down", they'll have to call me back to get me pricing.

Dell: salesdroid one didn't know enough to answer simple questions. technical salesdroid didn't call me back. i can't reach either of them.

PogoLinux: just don't quite have what we're looking for

PenguinComputing: got a quote, but need to tweak it. need to find out about availability.

In conclusion, 64-bit servers are impossible to purchase, and my job sucks.

P.S. No disrespect to Silicon Mechanics (our regular vendor)... I asked for something they didn't quite have yet, they're trying their best, and their vendors are fucking them too... *sigh*
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