Thanks for all the replies.
As to the suggestion about a single processor quad core...it's still
around $110,000. SAS prices as CPU x Cores. $110 vs $170 is still
many, many tens of thousands of dollars more than what we're looking
at spending. Again, we won't be getting $110,000 more value from the
SAS software, we'll get more value from the new hardware. Oh well!
I'm giving a serious look to going with WPS. I realize it's STATs
offerings are very limited right now, but we use that very
infrequently. So I can move everyone to desktops running WPS, and
maybe keep a single box running SAS with STAT. This would give us the
performance improvements desired without having to spend money we
don't have. Plus, we would be supporting a startup competitor-esque
company, which is good. Competition creates better products and
better prices...in theory. ;)