> >What a setup for a cross-newsgroup fight. I'll be civil :-)
> I won't. If you buy Sun boxes, you won't have to deal with IBM.
> Worth every penny.
Both systems are capable of doing what you want. AIX gains in
administration somewhat through SMIT, although I disagree
that you would need more admins for a Sun - our department has
30 Suns and 2 AIX systems run by one person who spends about
20% of her time on the AIX and 80% on the Suns. Some things on
AIX (printers for example) are just too well disguised
even with SMIT. AIX networking seems a little fragile
and any glitch between the AIX boxes and the DNS server on
the next subnet causes them to sulk. Sun are likely
to be cheaper, although I assume that is not a consideration.
IBM hardware is possibly a bit more reliable, although
maintenance is typically more expensive (we figure that
since our 595 costs 10k/year hardware support we should
have the engineer come and check it every 10 days or
so....) The BBBBIIIIGGGG problems with IBM are the people
and getting the stuff delivered. We had a rep that it took
two years to upgrade despite repeated requests who
actually knew _less_ than was on the basic RS6000 web page
(things like insisting a particular upgrade would
change the number of memory slots on the system.) By
the time I had dumped and faxed the machine configuration
for the fourth time for an order I was pretty unimpressed.
I was even more unimpressed that the order was placed in
June (for an upgrade that had supposedly been shipping for
a couple of months) and delivery was first promised in August,
then September, then October, and the system was finally
up and running the end of November. When the machine
was delivered it did everything we had expected (rather
than been told!) but it was pretty frustrating.
Other people on campus
have waited a year for orders to be fulfilled despite
calling weekly (by the time the orders are delivered they
are frequently obsolete...) Even though we have a software
upgrade contract they wanted to charge us multi-$100s
for "media costs" when we went to 4.2, and insisted that
we needed different media for 370 and 595 systems. We loaded
both off the same image (actually the 370 loaded from
the 595) since when our two packages showed up they had the
identical part number.
By contrast with Sun, we talk to people who seem to know
what they are talking about, are happy to say "I dont know,
I'll have an engineer call you" and it happens, and when we
place an order it shows up when promised. Oh, and we
dont have to put up with repeatedly installing full korean
language support because security patches insist its a
well, I _tried_ to be civil, but sometimes.....