Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Jul 2006 19:40 UTC
SGI and IRIX SGI hopes to emerge as a leaner, meaner organisation by the end of the third quarter. The hardware maker this week filed an amended reorganisation plan that calls for it to finish off bankruptcy proceedings by September. If all goes as expected, SGI will trim its total debt down to USD 70m from USD 345m. Some of the debt will be removed in exchange for the privilege of investing more money in SGI 2.0.
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Out of caviar...
by JacobMunoz on Thu 6th Jul 2006 20:27 UTC
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2006-03-17

SGI's been notorious for huge and expensive marketing ploys in the past, hopefully they've mended their ways. They have good products, but that doesn't really mean anything when you're spending every penny you've got to keep up a flashy image. They also underwent a major clamour over Itanium that seemed to have been spread like the plague by HP-related execs, which also kicked SGI in the butt. It shows how quickly bad management can drag down a market leader with lots of technical talent. Good luck, SGI.

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RE: Out of caviar...
by Ronald Vos on Thu 6th Jul 2006 20:50 in reply to "Out of caviar..."
Ronald Vos Member since:
2005-07-06

They have good products

Really? Like what? Everything they do can be done cheaper by a Linux cluster these days, it seems.

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RE[2]: Out of caviar...
by mdoverkil on Thu 6th Jul 2006 21:17 in reply to "RE: Out of caviar..."
mdoverkil Member since:
2005-09-30

I think SGI finally realized that clusters are eating away at their market. So they decided to come out with their own

http://www.sgi.com/products/servers/altix/xe/

One biggest problem with white-box linux clusters x86 is hardware failure. If they use high quality components like they used to with their workstations then this helps solve that problem.

If they can offer a powerful cluster at a decent price with a good support contract they might have a winner on their hands

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RE[2]: Out of caviar...
by xxmf on Fri 7th Jul 2006 08:16 in reply to "RE: Out of caviar..."
xxmf Member since:
2006-06-15

well yes as the other reply says sg finally realised that their market was shrinking because of clusters, however cheaper does not equate with better. Altix has pretty much lowest latency, highest bandwidth, supersize IO, largest memory on the market, largest linux server you can buy, ....

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RE: Out of caviar...
by monkeyfist on Thu 6th Jul 2006 20:59 in reply to "Out of caviar..."
monkeyfist Member since:
2006-02-15

I hope they make it. I've watched them sadly ever since I first heard of them( they were on the way down even then). I've always been very impressed with their products, and couldn't, for a long time understand how they could be so technologically impressive and sooo brain-dead managerially at the same time.

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