some odds and ends to get rid of

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at
Wed Oct 8 12:39:17 CDT 2008

Dave McGuire wrote:
>>>    The 2501 in particular was discontinued in 2003.  The last of the
>>> 2500 series, the 2525, was discontinued early last year, but it was a
>>> very different (modular) design.
>>>    They 68030-based 2500 series was replaced by the PowerPC-based
>>> 2600 series.
>>>    But as far as being the workhorse...most definitely yes.  They're
>>> in datacenters everywhere, and will be for a very long time.  They're
>>> capable, reliable, pull little power, generate little heat, and they
>>> just plain don't break.
>> That's funny, the "workhorse" of all of the datacenters I've seen lately
>> are Cisco 6509's and 4948-10GE's, with a few older 3750 and 2950s
>> laying around for "legacy" stuff.  I think you're calling
>> a "datacenter" what I'd call a "low end wiring closet". :)
>> Hmm, I guess my environment has helped influence my hardware collecting
>> habits...
>   You lead a charmed life, my friend. ;)
>   But no, I was speaking more of "business computer rooms" than 
> research-class datacenters.  Perhaps I should've been more specific.  
> Every now and then, I do some consulting work for small businesses, 
> fixing broken network stuff.  I see 2501s in production everywhere, 
> terminating T1 lines, that haven't been touched (or rebooted for that 
> matter) in a decade.
>   If they ever go down, they'll likely be replaced by a cheap DSL 
> circuit (for those whose inbound bandwidth requirement outstrips their 
> outbound anyway), but most people don't seem to want to fix it if it 
> isn't broken.

Here at IBM Poughkeepsie, there are still many 2500-series boxes in 
various places.  If I had to guess at a number, it would be in the range 
of a hundred or so.  Of course, we have many more 6500/7600-series boxes 
than that, even.

Peace...  Sridhar

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