RE: Eoin & HP Bigot.
Hi Eoin, did you open the link pasted earlier? Sun are showing benchmarks against a Xeon unless I'm much mistaken.
You'll note the CPU speeds in the afore-pasted link are not the most recent but you'll also notice the curve facing downwards when more than about 8 threads are running. Not encouraging for a server that might get hit with a load spike for example, I doubt the curve would change even with higher frequency Xeons unless you also added in better multi-threading support into Xeons?
There are several other peoples posts in other reg articles which stated they benchmarked and the Intel gear showed fantastic responses to begin with then flatlined when the load came along, matching Sun's "theoretical" benchmarks.
Matt, I don't really care for your baiting, I value my privacy and my respect also so am trying to comment fairly. You conversely seem to have a real zeal to promote HP on unrelated articles so I gues it's either plain old trolling, your a child-like geek who loves HP too much or perhaps you like lunch with the pretty sales lady a bit too much?
Any other "personal" incentives going on?
I don't really think the two above fit you however, I see so many people annoyed on these forums with your off-topic HP promotions it leads me even now to conclude your a HP sales related person, lying and presenting yourself as a teckie. Why the hell else would someone enthuse over a vendor with so much zeal? Maybe your an ex or current HP employed engineer faithfull to the cause?
I wonder how faithfull you'd be if hit with one of the layoff's?
As to your post : I also don't recall mentioning anything about billing systems, that should be a different class of iron from el-cheapo volume systems. Remind me where above I stated a T2 based system should replace true enterprise kit with expensive dynamic reconfig features for online component replacement as found in F6900's, 25k's, M-series gear and just as equally found in high end Power-series or HP superdome gear?
Oh yeah, I didn't, right.
The truth still stands that the Itanium gear was still floored in a recent price/performance trade off, the application of interest performed much better under simulated heavy load on the T2 gear. End of, no debate, I can't prove it to you any further here.
Sorry, your still a HP bigot and I'm still only commenting on observed real life system behaviour.
And I'm still an AC.