> I am thinking about buying a Sun machine and I am having trouble deciding
> what I should get. While I would love to have something like an Ultra 80, I
> do not have the budget to buy one. I am willing to spend about $3500 on a
> machine and both the Ultra 10 and 30 fit into that budget. Now my question
> is what will give me better performance, the 10 or the 30? I want a box that
> will last me a long time (about 5-7 years) and will continue to give me good
> reliable performance. Performance is the big thing, I want to get the most
> out of the money I spend on this box.
If you are going to mostly use the box as a server and are looking for a
Sun box to hold on to for a long time you might want to spend a little
more and buy an E250. Compare the small configurations for an
Ultra-10($4200) vs an E250($5000), the E250 is a much better value. You
get a machine that is dual-cpu capable(granted another cpu is about
$2000), has 6 drive bays, redundant power supply and built-in RAS
features. The small configuration comes with: 256MB ram, a scsi controller
and one 18GB 10,000 rpm Ultra SCSI drive.
An Ultra-10 small config has only 128MB ram, a *cough* IDE drive and no
support for another cpu and also has the yuckier IIi chip.
Something to consider.