PG&E Rebates for Sun servers?

I admit, I'm not in the habit of reading blogs on a daily basis (I'm more of a podcast guy myself, listening while I'm running or during my commute), but today I know that Sun is announcing a refreshed line of hardware products and on days like that I tend to check out Jonathan's blog. And when I read it, I saw something pretty cool: Pacific Gas and Electric, California's largest power utility, is now offering rebates of $700 - $1000 per Niagara (SPARC) server. I've just never heard of that happening before: I didn't know you could get rebates from the power company for buying a server before. I guess that's because we're the first to do it.

Here is more information on the PG&E thing, and some other things that were announced today as well by Sun. Some of it is pretty standard stuff (but good news): faster chips for both of Sun's main server lines (SPARC and AMD Opteron). But the most interesting thing I saw was the new Sun Refresh Service, which is basically a hardware subscription service. Yep, that's right: you subscribe to hardware. We send you an initial shipment of hardware and when new, faster chips come out, we visit you, upgrade your machines in place, and we take back the older models of chips. This way, you automatically get the latest in CPU technology without having to do a new purchase of equipment.

It's not exactly a leasing deal, because in a standard lease you don't get your equipment automatically upgraded. This is just a nice way of keeping your equipment up-to-date. Pretty cool stuff.

It's nice seeing some new ideas come out of the company these days. I'm liking where we're going. It's promising.

Comments:

I thought of doing math to prove you can say $1/day on T2000 vs a washer/dryer, so it MUST be better to get a deal on a T2000 rather than an energy-efficient washer/dryer. But this site shows the difference even more clearly: http://michaelbluejay.com/electricity/laundry.html Savings range from $10/yr to $155/yr. This is tiny compared to the savings from energy for a T2000 upgrade.

Posted by Vijay Tatkar on August 15, 2006 at 08:56 AM PDT #

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