InfoWorld: Apple just rolled out new Apple Workgroup Cluster configurations, which are literally plug-and-go computational clusters. The announcement might have slipped past you because it is being pitched primarily (or at least it was to me) as the Workgroup Cluster for (Bio)informatics, a market segment so rarified that just writing about it gives me a nosebleed. The reality is that Apple Workgroup Clusters have appeal well beyond Apple's vertical science/technology market. It's the first personal cluster, and for me, that's a vision from years ago made very real and very practical.
I had the entry-level Apple Workgroup Cluster configuration in hand before I saw the price. I figured the low-end bundle would cost $30K, but the entry-level (which term I use loosely; see below) Apple Workgroup Cluster costs $22,999 for commercial buyers or $19,999 for buyers in academic institutions. Read the bill of materials and you'll see why I was surprised to have missed the mark by $7K:
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