Originally Posted by Siigari
The press release says it has an expected life of 6-10 years. That's not something I want to have to "replace" every 6-10 years, lol.
Again, these are Enterprise devices. I've yet to see an Enterprise server last more then 5 years in active production duty. Generally they get replaced or downgraded into Development/Sandbox roles at that point.
People keep making comments about price/lifespan/colors etc. The folks buying these:
1) Don't care if they are pink with hearts stamped on the PCB; rarely does anyone look into a server unless there was a hardware failure and even in that case its a few minutes open and sealed back up. What is looked for is certified
compatibility with their environment, 24/7 or dang close to it support, reliability/stability and meeting the specs published (not nearly as much 500MB Read & 500MB write claims 24/7). Enterprise device specs are within 3% of rated performance and all specs are published (4K aligned read / write , random, incompressible, compressable, max burst, GC cycles etc)
2) Cost is in line with what all enterprise products cost. The cost is also associated with the level of human-human support & RMA speed. When building out a server that costs at least 75K base having non-enterprise hardware is NOT an option. All Enterprise hardware is at least 3x the price of their consumer cousins.
3) SLC > MLC . It is also significantly more expensive and has lower volume (and yield) production which keeps the price up.
4) Very very very very few consumers would spend this kind of money on a "personal computer" .. period. Even those that do generally put it to dual duty use for working from home / offsite workloads/ redundancy outside the Datacenter.
Rant over LOLEdited by ShtSh00ttr - 5/24/11 at 9:56am