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SubjectRe: Building Big Ass Linux Machine, what are the limits?
Jim McQuillan <jam@McQuil.com>:
> I need to build a big machine to replace a
> Compaq Proliant running SCO OpenServer.
>
> The system needs to run several Progress databases (12gb and growing)
> and I am
> looking for maximum disk throughput for about 150 users accessing via
> Telnet.
>
> Some are telling me that I should be looking at big hardware, such
> as HP9000, SGI or Sun. The type of equipment that would cost upwards of
> $100k.
>
> I want to try it with Linux.
>
> [description of minimum system requirements]

Talk to VA Research, <http://www.varesearch.com> These folks have lots
of experience building high-end server machines and preconfiguring
Linux for same. I've seen their stuff, and it's damn impressive,
including RAID with hot-swappable drives.

Furthermore, they're seriously hooked into the Linux community. Every
VAR machine features a Tux-the-penguin logo on the front. Linus's personal
machine was a gift from VAR. So is mine.
--
<a href="http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr">Eric S. Raymond</a>

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring
one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their
own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the
mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good
government, and all that is necessary to close the circle of our
felicities.
-- Thomas Jefferson, in his 1801 inaugural address

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