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  • The marketing guy, sadly, does have a point about customers not having the infrastructure to use dual power supplies as they are intended. I've been in a lot of data centers and countless numbers of them had both power supplies plugged into the same PDU and often the same power strip. This is not to say that anything in a server class box shouldn't have them but they are 90% of the time used improperly. There's always a lot of handwaving about redundancy but it's a really rare system that actually has it. Millions of dollars spent on the best of everything only to have the power supplies both plugged into the same $2 power strip is common.

    • Yup. And the Apple guy talked about Dell dual power supply servers with a Y power cable. Ho ho. The point of the audience was "well, let's assume we're not fucking morons and we actually want to set up our server for redundancy. Power supplies are consumables on PCs, yet you don't offer me a dual power supply server." The assumption that the customer is an idiot doesn't win you customers, regardless of how accurate it is :-)