IBM announced a passel of shiny new x86 iron this week, all built around Intel's two-socket Xeon E5-2600 chip, which formally debuted on Tuesday – although select customers such as Big Blue have been fiddling with that server chip for months. IBM generates a lot of its revenues and profits in hardware and software from mainframe …
New E5 blades a bit thin on the ground?
Interestingly, given the supposed import of the blades market, the tier one vendors are releasing only a few new E5-based blades each and in very similar packages. For example, IBM has one new dual-socket HS23 and an HPC offering sort-of-a-blade in the dx360 M4; hp has a new dual-socket in the DL460Gen8 and a new SL2x220 HPC blade; and Fujitsu has a new dual-socket BX920 S3 and HPC BX924 S3. Considering the variety in the hp range alone, I wonder why we're not seeing more new E5-based models? Maybe they all have lots of older blades in stock. Maybe it's time to ask the reps for a discount on those older blades.
Any old, any old...
"...IBM announced a passel of shiny new x86 iron..."
Wow! —They must be pretty hard to manhandle. You'd have thought IBM would have used more lightweight modern materials.
Or were you just trying to sound a bit ...er... "iron" yourself, by using a tough sounding word to refer to your nerdy geek toys?
Re: Any old, any old...
You're kidding right?
Just because other people have used the phrase before, doesn't make it sound any less twattish!
It was used in the right context and is a phrase that is understood - and the background behind it, like a Meme, by the people involved. It's a kind of verbal shorthand. If you think it's twattish, I guess that's fine.
Twattish as a word/phrase doesn't stand close scrutiny
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