> I have the possibility to buy an HP 9000 as listed below
> 9000/800 G30
> 96 MB RAM 16 ports
> 6.0 GB Disk (mirrored) 4-8 Gb DDS DAT Drive
> 64 HP Power Trust US 3.0
> The system is about 2 years old, and I am looking to compare performance
> against (this might be silly) a ProPentium 200 system running SCO UNIX.
Cost not being a consideration, I would take the HP 9000 under HPUX over
the PPro under SCO any day.
Where I work we use an HP 9000 for our internal processing, and we use
Intel based SCO boxes for our software sales. The PPro's work fine for a
20 person office. As of 18 months ago, our HP 9000 was configured
similarly to the one you describe. By the time we reached 100 users it
was getting pretty slugish. We have since upgraded the memory to 256 meg,
added 6 more gig of storage, and added a second processor. Our current
bottleneck is processor through-put, and we have around 150 users on the
system every day.
> I am also looking to find
> a) What might the system be worth?
If memory serves, my company paid something on the order of $50,000 for
our HP9000. I don't know that they are worth used.
Quote:> b) Any major reported problems
Since this is a Linux news group :), I have had dificulty printing from
Linux to printers on our HP 9000 ever since we did our last system upgrade
on the HP. As near as I have been able to determine, the HP lpd does not
like the BSD style headers the lpr on the Linux is using. If anyone has a
solution to this one I would be interested in hearing it!
Quote:> c) Upgradability particularly for networking
See above. As for the network card, we have yet to saturate the card at
Quote:> d) Maintenance options
Get an HP service contract. We usually use HP NetServers for our software
sales, so we have experience with HP service there and at our home
office. I have been very impressed. If the machine in question is under
contract and there is a problem with it, they fix the problem without any
Quote:> e) Specific performance comparisons
There is one thing that is worth mentioning regarding PPro and SCO. Some
PPro based SCO boxes will kernel panic when printing through the parallel
port. There is a patch that fixes this on the SCO web site, but it is
nice to know that this problem exists before it bites you on the behind.
> Any help appreciated