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RE: Laptops as servers?

  • From: Derrick
  • Date: Thu Jun 15 02:33:26 2000

I know it's not a laptop but,

We recently started looking at some of the new Sun Netra T1's they are fast,
1u high, come in 110AC or 12 (maybe 24 I forget offhand) volts DC. They are
real workhorses and perform great for the size and all. If you configure it
with low memory (sun gets a lot of cash for their memory) they are pretty
cost effective. I know that valinux has some small 2u boxes but don't know
if they have any dc versions.


I don't work for sun. In fact I would like to see a generic version of these
I could run BSD on.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]On Behalf Of
> Jerry Scharf
> Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2000 1:08 AM
> To: Bennett Todd
> Cc: [email protected]
> Subject: Re: Laptops as servers?
> One thing I know to watch for is periodic battery replacement. It
> turns out
> that running a laptop with a battery in it with AC on all the
> time will slowly
> erode the life of the battery. I have no way to know how long you
> can do this
> before the batteries won't do what you were expected. Maybe a battery
> replacement every couple years is all it takes.
> The other is that the I/O on laptops sucks compared to PCI. For
> things that
> aren't major traffic handlers (like your DNS and DHCP examples)
> this is not a
> hit. Do any of the O/Ss out there get full rate out of a 100bT PC card?
> jerry