I’ve ridiculed sharikou a bit here for his doomsday attitude towards Intel, but that’s the desktop. When it comes to servers, sharikou is right on the money: Sun offers far more bang for the buck with it’s SunFire line than anything coming out of the IBM/HP camp. Check out his post for the details. It only confirms with hard numbers what my friends who do IT in the field are saying.

For anyone doing IT in an enterprise environment, there are three things you can do to put yourself ahead of the pack. They are: 1. build your own Opteron box, 2. install Solaris 10 on it, and 3. install Centos (ie, RedHat without the licensing). If you have admin-level proficency on this platform, you’re gold.