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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RE: Out of caviar...
by Ronald Vos on Thu 6th Jul 2006 20:50 UTC 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[3]: Out of caviar...
by stox on Thu 6th Jul 2006 22:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Out of caviar..."
stox Member since:
2005-12-26

Ironically, some of the first successful Unix clusters were built using SGI workstations, at Fermilab, in the early and mid 1990's.

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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[3]: Out of caviar...
by ceo1 on Fri 7th Jul 2006 09:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Out of caviar..."
ceo1 Member since:
2006-02-02

> xxmf wrote:
> 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, ....

Two problems with what you're saying:
- It's incorrect. Lowest latency & highest bandwidth, supersize IO, largest memory - none of it.
- And not including the above comment : Who are the buyers for the largest Linux server with the largest memory on the market with supersize IO, lowest latency and highest bandwidth? SGI has primarily been kept alive by a) sale of storage, b) a few corporations who were unable to make the shift in time and c) national labs in various countries.

The problem is, even though SGI 2.0 offloads $280M of debt, they as much as ever need to show profit and growth. They see storage as a cash cow (which it may very well be, outside of jurisdiction, we only stick to Lustre on regular Linux clusters) but I just can't see SGI only be a storage company.

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