Re: National's Computing Status
Pat Meehan (alf@KGN.IBM.COM)
Wed, 27 Sep 1995 14:37:46 -0500
Can someone tell me (us) why it is necessary the computer be an HP/9000 ... ?
I can certainly sympathize with Council's when asked to purchase a $70,000
computer... why? From what little info I know about HP's (9000 series), that
price range is a server model. We had purchased a couple years ago, a Model
730 (1 Gig Dasd, 48 meg memory) and spent only $20K ... Certainly a council
wouldn't need 'Server' models for their operations... and if the data got to
be too big, they can add external dasd later...
So if someone could a) justify the $70,000 machines and b) justify why HP and
not some other machines (a dozen come to mind in a smaller price range) and
c) what is the OS they are using (Unix??? NT? ... ) if unix - why?
I work with computers everyday, unix oriented - Sun's, HP's, SGI's and RS/6000.
At this level it is hard to imagine the need for a unix based environment,
although I find it easier :) ... but then i work / program with it everyday!
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