> For speed, the X86 32 and 64 bit architectures seem to be noticeable 
> faster than Sparc.  However, running Linux or BSD on Sparc make them 
> pretty fast too, but you lose the fault tolerant support for things like 
> hot swappable CPUs or memory.

Agreed.. You can get a Quad Opteron with 16GB memory for around 20K.

Grab 3, a cheap SAN and setup a little master/slave replication with
failover (how is Slony coming?), and you're all set.

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