SGI Enables Innovation by Delivering Broad Lineup of Linux OS-Based Solutions At LinuxWorld 2001

SGI Demonstrates Long-Term Commitment by Delivering Solutions

For Technical and Business Users

Jan 29, 2001, 00:00 ET from SGI

    NEW YORK, LinuxWorld Booth 1523, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ --
 SGI (NYSE:   SGI), a leader in high-performance multiplatform computing,
 continues to bring its knowledge of and experience with the SGI(TM) IRIX(R)
 operating system to the Linux(R) platform by delivering stable, reliable and
 optimized Linux OS-based solutions that feature real-time performance and
 realism for real data. SGI core technologies focus on customers' most
 challenging problems characterized by the compute power they require, the vast
 amount of data involved and the ability to visualize and interact in real-time
 with the problem to solve it. SGI has introduced a suite of Linux OS-based
 solutions for clustering, Internet, storage and database applications,
 including SGI Internet Server(TM) for e-commerce, SGI(TM) Internet Server
 Environment (ISE), SGI(TM) Advanced Cluster Environment (ACE) for Linux, and
 the SGI(TM) 1100 server. This new suite of SGI solutions is targeted toward
 technical, creative and business professionals in the Internet, sciences,
 manufacturing, government and education markets.
     The cornerstone of SGI's strategy for Linux involves enabling its
 hardware, software and services to run on Linux, developing strategic
 alliances and contributing to the open-source community to help accelerate
 Linux in the marketplace. SGI has proven its commitment to the open-source
 community by applying its IRIX innovations to enhance its Linux solutions. SGI
 continues to innovate in IRIX and make technologies available to the
 open-source community.
     SGI's legacy of providing integrated software infrastructure for
 business-critical computing in key areas includes:
     -- Performance:  SGI Pro64(TM) compilers
     -- Visualization capability:  OpenGL(R), Open Inventor(TM), OpenGL
     -- Application scalability:  XFS(TM) filesystem, scalability project
     -- Reliability features:  SGI Linux FailSafe(TM) for high availability, OS
        test suite
     Highlights at the conference include product launches, technology
 developments and demonstrations of current Linux OS-based offerings from SGI.
     "SGI is considered one of the 'insider' Linux companies and is a strong
 supporter of the open-source movement," said Bill Claybrook, research
 director, Linux and Open Source Software with Aberdeen Group. "SGI has the
 people, solutions, products, support, service and enterprise experience to be
 successful in the Linux marketplace."
     "SGI is committed to continue moving Linux forward by delivering real
 solutions with real results today," said Jan Silverman, vice president,
 Advanced Systems Marketing, SGI. "SGI brings to the Linux world what we do
 best -- the integration of powerful data computing and real-time visualization
 that enables our technical, creative and business customers to solve the
 problems they face today and tomorrow."
     SGI announcements include:
     SGI 1100 Server
     SGI is announcing a new addition to its Intel(R) processor-based,
 rack-mounted-optimized server family, the 1100 server. Certified to run
 Windows NT(R), Windows(R) 2000 or Linux, the SGI 1100 server features a
 space-saving 1U (1.75-inch) footprint that fits easily into industry-standard
 19-inch racks. Powered by single or dual Intel Pentium(R) III 800 MHz or 1 GHz
 processors, the SGI 1100 server is a powerful yet affordable solution. SGI
 1100 is designed for easy manageability, maintainability and expandability for
 deployment as an Internet, e-commerce, rendering or cluster computing nodes
 solution. One of the first installations of this server is at the University
 at Buffalo Center for Computational Research (see separate release dated
 1/31/01), where SGI 1100 is deployed as a 152-processor Linux cluster and is
 one of the primary compute engines supporting 25 university departments.
     SGI Internet Server for E-commerce
     A powerful, thin 1U serving solution complete with industry-leading
 SoftCart(R) e-commerce software from Mercantec that enables up to
 150 storefronts per server, SGI Internet Server for e-commerce starts at
 $4,495 U.S. list. Designed for service providers, the e-commerce version of
 SGI Internet Server provides a completely integrated, fully configured Linux
 OS-based solution that allows the customers of service providers to quickly
 build attractive, user-friendly virtual storefronts to sell products over the
     SGI Internet Server Environment (ISE)
     Designed for service providers such as ISPs and ASPs, the Linux OS-based
 SGI ISE is a cost-effective Internet-serving software solution that includes
 advanced management, monitoring and security tools with integrated
 installation scripts and a Web-based user interface. ISE provides basic
 Internet infrastructure and a foundation to support basic messaging, other
 infrastructure and Web-serving applications typically required by service
     Kasenna(TM) MediaBase for Linux Servers from SGI
     Kasenna MediaBase is the only carrier-class broadband software platform
 for managing, distributing and streaming rich-media content over the Internet,
 intranets and virtual private networks at bit rates ranging from 28.8Kb per
 second to 15Mb per second to multiple client platforms. The Linux OS-based SGI
 Internet Server with Kasenna MediaBase supports multiple streaming formats
 simultaneously, including RealVideo(R), RealAudio(R), QuickTime(TM),
 MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MP3.
     Service and Support
     SGI is uniquely positioned to provide the services that are integral to a
 complete Linux solution. SGI has more than 200 trained Linux service engineers
 that understand how to provide enterprise-class support to the most demanding
 customers. SGI offers the broadest range of support in the industry, from
 Mission-Critical Support to single-incident WebPacks that can be purchased and
 used over the Internet.
     SGI Productivity Services include a suite of flexible Managed Services
 that optimize and accelerate system performance, and Linux education and
 training courses are offered in the format that meets customers' needs
 (instructor-led training or e-learning), with skills verification via
     For More Information
     For more information about the broad family of SGI(TM) solutions based on
 the IRIX, Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Linux operating systems, visit the
 company's Web site at
     About SGI
     SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced
 graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their
 toughest computing problems. A strong advocate for open technology, SGI is
 committed to contributing technology from its core competencies in
 visualization and high-performance computing to the open-source community to
 help solve the toughest computing problems. Headquartered in Mountain View,
 Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at
     This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding new
 hardware and software products including the SGI 1100 Server, the SGI Internet
 Server, the SGI Internet Server Environment, the Kasenna MediaBase for Linux
 server and the SGI GenomeCluster that are subject to risks and uncertainties
 that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in
 such statements. The reader is cautioned not to rely unduly on these
 forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future performance.
 Such risks and uncertainties include the timely production of the products
 named in this release in sufficient volume to meet demand, the impact of
 competitive markets, products and pricing, the acceptance of applicable
 technologies by markets and customers, the ability of the company to manage a
 complex set of engineering, marketing and distribution relationships and other
 risks detailed from time to time in the company's most recent SEC reports,
 including its reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.
     NOTE:  Silicon Graphics, OpenGL and IRIX are registered trademarks, and
 SGI, SGI Internet Server, Open Inventor, XFS, Linux FailSafe, Pro64, OpenGL
 Performer, and the SGI logo are trademarks, of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Linux is
 a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds used with permission. Windows and
 Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Intel and
 Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. QuickTime is a
 trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. Kasenna is a trademark of Kasenna, Inc. All
 other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.