3 posts • joined 11 Dec 2007
RE: It only makes sense
Bearing in mind that there are quad, quad CPU blades, I would be impressed if you could find me a quad, quad CPU server In anything less than 2U (sun) and moreU (other vendors I think) And so it's really 10U instead of 20U (at least) :P
Also, having used the blade6000 chassis, the IBM blade centers and the Dell offerings, I'm actually quite impressed with Sun's.
(for example, PCI slots built in instead of occupying a blade slot.. what a novel *read, sensible* idea :P)
http://www.sun.com/servers/blades/x8450/ AMD quad, quad core
And likewise the X6450 for Quad, Quad core Xeon blades.
The blade b1600 did rock, the only downside was like of storage attachment options.
I would love to know where you found a Linksys box with 4Gb/s FC-Fabric ports :P
But anyway, the default setup sounds crap (Even if it was 100Mb/s and the 50 was a typo)
It's not gonna be THAT cheap.
RE: "Theoretical 20Mbs" is a very apt description!
I am actually really impressed with the size of the tubes!
I have the XL package which should give 20Mb/s and I regularly (nearly every evening/night) download at a solid 2.1-2.5 MB/s (and when 2.5 is reached (fast download servers etc), it isn't a quick millisecond peak, it stays.
Another thing I was pondering,
20 Mbit/s equals exactly 2.5 Mbytes/s
(20/8 = 2.5)
TCP overheads take up 15-20% usually, and so this suggests that Virgin media actually give you MORE than a 20Mbit/s connection, so that after all the overheads, you get the advertised 20Mbit/s bandwidth to yourself :)
Virgin media customer support on the other hand are fools! I spent the first two weeks at a 4mbit connection, because the customer service techs didn't know how to update the line to the 20 Meg i had purchased! (they tried, and failed, repeatedly)
When the speed didn't improve, I got all kinds of excuses (such as, 'it's advertised 20Meg... but you may live to far away from the exchange!!!' LMAO)
Eventually I got through to a guy who sounded like he knew what he was talking about and pestered him to really look into the account. He confirmed that the account was set at 4Mb/s, and instantly removed the 'monthly change lock' or something and updated the account.
30 Seconds later, Im downloading ISO's at 2.5MB/s and it's been that nippy ever since.
Now if only they would let me buy some static IP's :(
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