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Re: Hardware recommendations to scale to silly load

From: Christopher Browne <cbbrowne(at)acm(dot)org>
To: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Hardware recommendations to scale to silly load
Date: 2003-08-28 01:32:16
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Martha Stewart called it a Good Thing whenmatt(at)ymogen(dot)net (matt)wrote:
> I'm also looking at renting equipment, or even trying out IBM/HP's
> 'on-demand' offerings.

You're assuming that this is likely to lead to REAL savings, and that
seems unlikely.

During the recent power outage in the NorthEast, people looking for
generators and fuel were paying _premium_ prices, not discounted
prices.

If your hardware requirement leads to someone having to buy hardware
to support your peak load, then _someone_ has to pay the capital cost,
and that someone is unlikely to be IBM or HP.  "Peak demand" equipment
is likely to attract pretty "peaked" prices.

If you can find someone who needs the hardware during the day, but who
_never_ needs it during your needful hours, then there might be an
arrangement to be had, assuming the "someone else" trusts you to use
what's, at other times, their hardware, and assuming you trust them
with the financial information you're managing.
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