[Beowulf] Redmond is at it, again

Roger L. Smith roger at ERC.MsState.Edu
Wed Jun 2 12:28:19 PDT 2004

On Wed, 2 Jun 2004, unix_no_win wrote:

> <<------snip snip ---------------->>
> > I recently talked to RedHat about purchasing RHEL
> > for my systems.  Based
> > on my needs for two large clusters and a smattering
> > of desktops, they were
> > asking nearly $10,000 PER YEAR for it, and that was
> > educational pricing!
> This would be for how many computers??  $10,000 per
> year is not bad if your talking over 500 computers.

I am talking about over 500 computers, (I have over 700 nodes of
clusters), but if I've got buy the software to run my own updates server
so I only have one system talking to their updates site (which was
required), then why should I have to purchase 700 maintenance agreements
when I basically have 3 images?

I might be willing to pay that for the initial licenses (maybe, but likely
not), my problem is that it's a yearly fee.  Most software (and hardware)
the annual maintenance is on the order of 10% of the purchase price, not

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