Is Your IT Strategy Wanting?
PS3 pandemonium parallels pros' perilsYoud think that the deep-dyed techies of eWeek Labs would have been pleased by Novembers mainstream media coverage of popularly priced desktop supercomputing. Unfortunately, the supercomputer in question was Sonys PlayStation 3, and that coverage had more to do with stalled waiting lines outside big-box stores than with stalled instruction pipelines in the Sony game consoles Cell CPUs. Its bad enough to see this kind of computer power reduced to playing games to generate enough production volume to cover its costs of development. The folks at iSuppli, in El Segundo, Calif., have termed the PS3 "an engineering masterpiece." iSuppli Teardown Services Manager and Senior Analyst Andrew Rassweiler has said, "If someone had shown me the PlayStation 3 motherboard from afar without telling me what it was, I would have assumed it was for a network switch or an enterprise server."
But mere tech incongruity isnt the worst part of seeing those waiting lines. The people in those lines were making much the same choice as a too-large fraction of enterprise IT buyers, letting themselves be driven by want rather than need. Theyre looking at the top line of computational performanceor maybe the ratio of computational price-to-performancerather than looking at return on investment, the ratio that matters.