[Beowulf] posting bonnie++ stats from our cluster: any comments about my I/O performance stats?

Michael Will mwill at penguincomputing.com
Fri Sep 25 11:35:45 PDT 2009

By the way, if you have to work through a purchasing departement that only looks at the cheapest price, but
you want to go with a specific vendor because of the superior solution and technical expertise, then you can 
engage the sales engineer / sales person in defining a uniqueness about the solution that cannot be met
by the other vendors, it's called writing a 'sole source justification' letter. That way you can make sure to
get the best value in terms of performance / technical ability and support. even if your institutions purchasing 
departments metrics are not taking that into consideration.


-----Original Message-----
From: Rahul Nabar [mailto:rpnabar at gmail.com]
Sent: Fri 9/25/2009 11:34 AM
To: Michael Will
Cc: Jeff Layton; Beowulf Mailing List
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] posting bonnie++ stats from our cluster: any comments about my I/O performance stats?
On Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 1:27 PM, Michael Will
<mwill at penguincomputing.com> wrote:

> Some will have quite technically skilled sales engineering resources, and
> Jeff Layton for sure is somebody with deep
> technical experience.

Absolutely. Jeff has been a great help so far. Even before he
responded to my questions here I've been an active follower of his
articles on the Linux Magazine. Great stuff!

> Then consolidate the designs and base your choice of vendor not just on the
> cheapest price of components but on how qualified
> the design was, because a lot of value is in getting the right solution and
> ongoing support, not just the right parts. Let all vendors
> know why you choose design / vendor X so they can adjust their offerings in
> the future to fit your needs.

Great advice Michael! It is very much appreciated. I've been getting
such good advice on this  list that I wouldn't know what to do without
it. Advice from guys like yourself, Jeff Layton and Joe Landman have
helped me a lot and I am myself amazed at how much more (I think) I
know now than just a few months ago!

Thanks again!


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