>> Does anybody have any idea how a Pentium (even dual Pentium) stacks up
>> performance-wise against an IBM RS/6000 running accounting type stuff.
>> I realize this is a very broad question (which probably begs for very
>> broad answers) as there are many ways to configure a Pentium and there
>> are many different models of the RS/6000.
>Actually, you are not by yourself in wanting to know this sort of
>information. As it turns out, this week we went into a prospective
>clients who currently have an IBM RT, and their current vendor is
>recommending an upgrade to an RS/6000, we are recommending an upgrade to an
>Acer/Altos 7000/p. It is very difficult to get any meaningful numbers, so
>if anyone out there has seen some real firsthand experiences it would be
Meaningful numbers will remain hard to establish. Comparing the RS6k
family, or any RISC system, to an Intel box is and has been an apples
to oranges comparison. The claims of "if you want tied to ibm for the
rest of your life" the questions is equally valid, do you want tied to
The PowerPC MC60x chip is more open ended than the Pent simply because
of thetechnology. Max out a Pent and all you can do is add another.
The MC60x family has just begun, there is plenty of room to grow
withing the single processor and you can always multiprocess as well.
RISC, from any vendor, is not as limited by packaging physics the
As to the fact that your customer has an RT, their transition training
and sysadmn will be much easier from AIX to AIX, different as RT AIX
and AIX 3.2.5 and 4.x are, than from AIX to to SCO.
Back to Intel, you can count on growth and primary emphasis on *IX
from folks liek IBM and SUN, Intel will follow (or create) the wind in
the PC arena, with or without SCO or Netware or any *IX. Their market
is only minorly *IX, and as Deep Throat supposedly said, "Follow the
As pointed out, moving from one Intel box to another is not as simple
as one might like to think. Further, new RS6k machines will have a
PCI bus so the MCA and proprietary add-on limitations arguements will
eventualy die away.
I. too, administer both AIX and SCO systems. AIX ( => 3.2.5 ) is much
easier to manage and much more stable. You will have a hard sell if
your competitor has his ducks (and perhaps an IBM rep) in a row. And
the price delta.
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"I think he means UNIX and I already know UNIX."
"Well, if the company nurse comes by, tell her
I said never mind."
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