Subject: Re: DEC Multias or SS1+ & SS2?
To: J. Scott Kasten <>
From: Brandon D. Valentine <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 07/27/2001 03:54:53
On Thu, 26 Jul 2001, J. Scott Kasten wrote:

>The 166 Alphas are the faster of the boxes you are comparing.  You don't
>say exactly what your DSL data speed is, however, I can give you some
>concrete examples here:

The Multia's have two advantages:
1) They're faster.  This will be important if you're going to need to
ssh into the machine.
2) They have commodity expansions slots (PCI & PCMCIA) which are easier
to add a second interface to than Sbus.  This will be important for the

The Multia's have one distinct disadvantage:
1) They're far less reliable than the Sparcs.

My suggestion:
Use a Multia for your firewall.  Allow ssh access to the firewall
machine, from which you can use r services on your private network.  Use
a couple of sparcs for your other servers, with the fastest sparc
with the most RAM and disk drawing the job of webserver.  The firewall
won't need much more disk space than the couple hunded megs a default
install of NetBSD takes up.  Keep the other Multia's around as cold
spares for the firewall.  If it dies of heat death, simply pop the hard
drive and network card out, move them to another Multia and keep on

BTW, to increase Multia reliability, buy one of these:
It's loud but my Multia is cool to the touch even when running
horizontally.  No, I do not work for them or get a kickback for
suggesting the product.

Brandon D. Valentine <>

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