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SGI Introduces Serial ATA Storage Solutions for High Performance Computing Applications
Tuesday October 28 2003 @ 11:33AM EST
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SGI today became
among the first UNIX(R) system vendors to introduce Serial ATA (SATA)
technology in enterprise class storage systems. The company has introduced two
new disk storage systems under the SGI(R) InfiniteStorage brand, the SGI(R)
TP9300S and SGI(R) TP9500S that employ the next generation disk-interface
The new storage systems combine SATA's lower drive unit costs with the
availability, manageability, data integrity, and functionality of fibre
channel based storage systems. "SATA drives are challenging tape as the
near-line medium of choice," said Gabriel Broner, senior vice president and
general manager of SGI's Storage and Software Group. "The price gap between
disk and tape is shrinking, and the faster data access times of disk greatly
speeds access time. Our customers can benefit from storage solutions with
improved ROI and improved overall performance."
"SATA will bring the best cost-per-megabyte to the market for enterprise
class storage systems," said Flavio Santoni, senior vice president, Worldwide
Sales, Marketing and Customer Services, LSI Logic Storage Systems. "The
biggest payoff will come when these devices become a part of full enterprise
solutions, particularly in high-performance computing environments. Potential
applications include managing rich media in the media and entertainment
markets, managing seismic model data in the energy market, and streaming
geospatial information in government markets."
Announced in September, SGI InfiniteStorage is a family of hardware and
software products that allows customers to improve their data management
processes, or workflows. InfiniteStorage offers three significant capabilities
unique to SGI: transparently sharing data across their organization by
avoiding data copying and movement; scaling data as the business and
application grows; and managing the data lifecycle without limiting access.
The new SATA storage systems were developed by LSI Logic Storage Systems
and marketed by SGI under the InfiniteStorage brand through an OEM
arrangement. These new SATA models will play a key role in SGI's Integrated
Lifecycle Management solution, working with SGI(R) servers and shared
filesystems to automate data movement in a multi-tiered storage architecture.
Initial shipments of these new SATA storage systems are scheduled for
mid-December 2003 with entry configurations starting below $40,000 (U.S. list
price) and will be available directly from SGI or through the company's
This presentation contains forward-looking statements regarding SGI
technologies and third-party technologies that are subject to risks and
uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to
differ materially from those described in such statements. The viewer is
cautioned not to rely unduly on these forward-looking statements, which are
not a guarantee of future or current performance. Such risks and uncertainties
include long-term program commitments, the performance of third parties, the
sustained performance of current and future products, financing risks, the
impact of competitive markets, the ability to integrate and support a complex
technology solution involving multiple providers and users, the acceptance of
applicable technologies by markets and customers, and other risks detailed
from time to time in the company's most recent SEC reports, including its
reports on From 10-K and Form 10-Q.
About SGI InfiniteStorage
With InfiniteStorage, SGI is changing the rules in network storage by
delivering hardware and software solutions specifically developed for the
unique and demanding needs of data-intensive enterprises. The company's
commitment to innovation enables timely availability of new technology,
investment protection for existing technology, and a thriving partner
community. SGI offers customers a complete family of network storage systems
and software that enables customers to match solutions to their data-intensive
enterprise needs while providing scalable capacity, management and performance
in a cost effective architecture.
Additional information on InfiniteStorage solutions is available at
SGI: The Source of Innovation and Discovery(TM)
SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc., is the world's leader in
high-performance computing, visualization and storage. SGI's vision is to
provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative
breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether it's sharing images to aid in brain
surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate or enabling the
transition from analog to digital broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing
the next class of challenges for scientific, engineering and creative users.
SGI was named on FORTUNE magazine's 2003 list of "Top 100 Companies to Work
For." With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Mountain View,
Calif., and can be found on the Web at http://www.sgi.com.
NOTE: Silicon Graphics, SGI, the SGI logo and the SGI cube are registered
trademarks and The Source of Innovation and Discovery is a trademark of
Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries worldwide.
LSI Logic and the LSI Logic logo design are trademarks or registered
trademarks of LSI Logic Corporation. UNIX is a registered trademark of The
Open Group in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned
herein are the property of their respective owners.