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I was the technical architect for an internet-based commodity trading system that was also hosted at Exodus in Austin before the .com bust. As I recall we spent $6 million on our two Sun clusters "Coke" and "Pepsi" but that was almost 15 years ago so they might have been $6 million each. Then the bottom fell out of energy trading thanks to Enron and others and that was that. Those systems were probably sold for pennies on the dollar and would easily be replaced today with a small AWS presence for even less.

Frankly that's part of what makes working now such fun: the fact these systems just keep getting better and better.

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