SGI!? Don’t you mean Rackable Systems!? No, I mean SGI. As you recall, Rackable successfully completed a bid process to acquire the assets of Silicon Graphics/SGI. The new organization has been named, you guessed it, “SGI.” They have a new look and a new logo, so who’s running the show these days? Well, Rackable decided to keep a select number of executive managers from the acquisition. As expected, Mark Barrenechea will lead the new organization as CEO. Tony Carrozza will take over sales and marketing duties, so no Doug Britt. Rackable’s original CTO and co-founder, Giovanni Coglitore, will now be their Chief of Products and Senior VP. Dr. Eng Lim Goh has been retained as CTO. Diane Gibson will head operations coming over from the old Silicon Graphics organization. The only other executive retained from the previous organization is Bob Pette, as VP of Visualization.
Now that you know the new faces, what about products? There are a lot of speculation surrounding the product overlap between the two organizations. How did things shake out? According to an email sent out by CEO Mark Barrenechea, SGI’s x86 cluster line [formerly called the XE series] will now be branded with Rackable x86 server technology. No surprises here, this was Rackable’s core competency. They’ve merged the product lines of ICE Cube [data center container], Altix, Infinite Storage, CloudRack, MicroSlice, Origin and VUE to comprise the full product line. Essentially, the only major changes are centered upon traditional x86 server technology.
According to Mark’s email, Rackable [SGI] will also take a new focus on becoming a “technology solutions” provider, rather than a server manufacturer. This is a huge step for the folks at Rackable. From the release:
Third, SGI is in a stronger position to be your trusted technology partner given the announcement today. On day one, the SGI product portfolio addresses:
· Large-scale data center needs of reduced cost, greater density and lower power;
· Large-scale cluster computing problems whether they be processor, memory or network constrained;
· The ability to solve large-scale data problems through a combination of hardware, storage and software solutions;
· Visualization, and
· Large-scale HPC environments and the software tools necessary to increase performance and reduce complexity.
For those looking for more information regarding the new organization, the original SGI website now points to Rackable’s. Rackable has replaced their original logo with the new SGI logo, but otherwise haven’t changed the product briefs to reflect all the new gear. For more specific info on the new switch, read the full release here.