An interesting discussion, especially considering the stuff usually
spoken in comp.os.vms regardiong the viability of X86 boxes.
I have had 3 Alphas. Two of the office refrigerator sized boxes
and one of the PC Tower sized boxes. All three have died. In
the meantime I have X86 based boxes that are much older and
continue to serve me well. While I thought the Alpha was an
excellent architectural design the market has made it somewhat
Of course, when t comes to VMS I still run a VAX. :-)