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Benzi
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John,
For the sake of clarity, for other/future readers, let me first define the configurations asked about:

Configuration ID: S4HAH
* Processor(s):
– 2 x Intel E5507 [3 processor tokens each]
* Memory: 32 GB [1 memory tokens]
Software maintenance and support: 1 Year [first year included in base software price]

Configuration ID: PFJAA
* Processor(s):
– 2 x AMD Opteron Model 6238 / 6272 [3 processor tokens each]
* Memory: 16 GB [1 memory tokens]
Software maintenance and support: 1 Year [first year included in base software price]

Both configurations are valid for POC (assuming both are using certified hardware models, see http://www.ScaleMP.com/spec, and also have other needed components such as InfiniBand HCAs). As you are on the lower-end of the spec, especially with regards to RAM, I would lean towards the S4HAH configuration with 32GB RAM total (for current-days SMP applications and workloads, even 32GB RAM is considered very low).

Both the perpetual licenses and annual subscription are valid options for a PoC.
The annual subscription, like the name suggests, grants you use of the software for only one year, after which you will have to renew. The annual subscription licenses are cheaper (60% of the perpetual license cost) – so if you intend to “use just for trial” and later on buy completely separate/new licenses for a production environment, then that will end up costing you less. If the servers in question might end up being part of the production environment, then possibly being able to expand (with a perpetual license) might make more sense.