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ZDNet: There's More to Dell's Cluster Success Than Meets the Eye

Sep 07, 2002, 05:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind)

"At first glance, a story about Dell supplying the computers to power a 2,008-system cluster at the State University of New York in Buffalo appears quite remarkable. When a company maker better known for its business model than its R&D scores a major victory in the clustering arena, that's big news- but not for the reasons you might think.

"In the big picture, this is not a story about how Dell has suddenly and miraculously turned into a clustering player. Given Dell's model, the transformation was inevitable. If the company didn't push itself there, it would have been sucked into the space anyway.

"This is yet another episode in the continuing saga of the fall from grace of proprietary technologies, the commoditization of processing power, and the difference between the must-haves and the nice-to-haves in budget-constrained times. It's also a signal that the high-end technical computing space is no longer a sanctuary for vendors of premium-priced boutique systems..."

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