Something to note about the Rackable/SGI deal announced this morning. Note that the title of SGI release is
Rackable Systems Announces Agreement to Acquire Silicon Graphics Inc.
But that farther down in the body of the release the text says this
…agreement to acquire substantially all the assets of Silicon Graphics, Inc….
This difference between the headline and the body (which are often written by two different groups of people) could indicate that something less than a folding in of SGI lock, stock, and barrel is what is actually going to happen. Given the language I think there is a spectrum of possibility here that ranges from terminating all the staff and keeping the patents, to creating a separate division to hold all of SGI as is.
This language is reminiscent of the February 2008 language SGI used to announce that it was buying Linux Networx.
…announcement of its acquisition of the core assets of Linux Networx, Inc.
Clearly that deal ended up being at the Spartan end of the spectrum of possibilities.