SGI and Novell Attain Elevated Security Certification for SUSE Linux on SGI Altix Systems Level 3 Certification Ensures High-Performance 64-Bit Linux OS on SGI Servers

Meets Global Government and Military Security Standards



    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Silicon Graphics
 (NYSE:   SGI) today announced that Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 has
 been certified on SGI(R) Altix(R) servers and supercomputers to meet security
 criteria required by the US Department of Defense and governments throughout
 the world.
     SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 on Altix(R) systems has attained Evaluation
 Assurance Level 3+ (EAL3+) as determined by the Common Criteria for
 Information Security Evaluation. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 was evaluated
 under full compliance with the Controlled Access Protection Profile (CAPP) on
 an SGI Altix 3700 Bx2 supercomputer and an SGI Altix 350 mid-range server.
     The heightened CAPP/EAL3+ certification means that Novell's scalable,
 64-bit Linux(R) operating environment running on SGI Altix meets a broad range
 of IT security standards that government and military agencies require of
 technology solutions they purchase. These include identification and
 authentication, auditing, security management and cryptography.
     "Novell is pleased to team with Silicon Graphics as they add to the
 growing list of hardware vendors who are choosing to certify their secure
 solutions on SUSE Linux," said Ed Anderson, vice president of platforms
 marketing for Novell. "This certification is very exciting for government
 buyers who are choosing SGI solutions, as they can be confident in the
 security of SGI and SUSE Linux."
     "Linux on SGI solutions continues to prove itself as a stable, secure
 operating system that is ready for prime time in commercial, research and
 government environments," said Anthony Robbins, president, SGI Federal. "The
 certification of Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 on SGI Altix systems
 further broadens the market opportunity for these world-class offerings among
 government and military customers the world over."
 
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 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, providing
 technologies for homeland security and defense 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. With offices
 worldwide, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and can be
 found on the Web at http://www.sgi.com.
 
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 Graphics, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. Linux
 is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in several countries. Novell is a
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     ginnyb@sgi.com
     650.933.4519
 
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