How To Buy Blade Servers
By marchamilton on Jan 09, 2007
Yesterday, Sun launched our new Sun Blade x8420 blade module packed with AMD's fastest Rev-F processors. Exciting in itself, but if you follow CPU roadmaps you will recognize that if you wait, you can get not just an incremental 10 or 20% performance improvement from clock rate increases this calendar year from x64 vendors, but doubling or more of performance as AMD and Intel continue to double the number of cores per processor socket. Unfortunately, that is the dilemma of the computer buyer, there is always something faster just around the corner. This just happens to be a particular good or bad year, good for those who can wait for much more powerful processors with double the number of cores, bad if you have to buy something now. I sold my old laptop on eBay, but most companies don't have a ready market for hundreds or thousands of instantly outdated blades when Intel or AMD double their core counts. So, what should you do? Buy your blade server using Sun's refresh service. Get the fastest CPUs today, but also included in the price you will get at least 3 blade module upgrades over the next 42 months. We even send out a support engineer to do the upgrade for you. It couldn't be simpler. Check out the fine print, like the guarantee. If Sun fails to deliver at least three upgrades, a credit will be applied at the end of the contract. Anyone wanting to keep up with the latest CPU performance trends at a fixed price should seriously consider this offer. Sorry, currently this offer is available only in the US, but we are working hard to make it available more widely in the future, so stay tuned.