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This is good marketing, but you know what would be even better marketing? Give me access to that server for a week. Let me setup a demo of my biggest customer, and then run my tasks. We've started (and are in progress) of investing thousands of dollars in moving to Azure. A server this large is not something I can buy, and experiment on easily. Hard numbers would convince my superiors that its a better solution, but they're not going to give me $10k to do the experiment.



That's how accidents are made. If you can't spend a small fraction of the budget for the solution to experimentally verify that it is in fact the optimum solution you may very well be leading the company down a road that will cost them significantly more. It's not up to the writer of the article to provide you with the tools to run your least-cost-analysis, that's up to you and your bosses! (After all, you're the beneficiaries.)


10k? Those sticks of RAM alone will cost you something like 75k USD. Then you'll need the processors, arguably 4 of the top of the line 18-core XEONs at 5000 USD each. Then you'll need to put it all together with software and a (properly cooled) rack, not to mention the terminal(s) to access it, plus the personnel to put this baby together for you. This box could easily cost you 150 grand.


Its not cost effective to use non E5-class Xeons, or go above 32GB DIMMs right now.... So you want a Dual-Processor setup, 16 DIMM slots, so 16x 32GB = 512GB w/ Dual Proc -- which you can do for about $10,000.


That's a very nice piece of kits for 10k I have to say. Thanks for the "sweetspot" price/perf advice. Seems like excellent value. I've had my heart on a badass mac pro but these specs put it to shame.




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