Kasenna MediaBase Now Available for Linux Servers From SGI

Extends SGI Line of Broadband Media Commerce Products at Aggressive Price

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Dec 13, 2000, 00:00 ET from Silicon Graphics, Inc.

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Streaming Media West 2000,
 Booth 219, Continuing to demonstrate its leadership in the media streaming
 market, SGI (NYSE:   SGI) today announced that Kasenna(TM) MediaBase(TM) is now
 available for Linux(R) OS-based servers from SGI and can be purchased from
 SGI and its resellers.  This brings the hardware entry price for multiformat
 streaming capability down to $3,445 (U.S. list price) and gives customers a
 choice between powerful, scalable SGI(TM) IRIX(R) OS-based servers and
 multiple low-cost Linux OS-based servers from SGI.
     Kasenna MediaBase offers an integrated platform for multiformat streaming,
 content management and content transfer supporting popular streaming formats
 such as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, RealVideo(R), RealAudio(R), QuickTime(TM) and
 MP3.  This award-winning software enables customers to quickly and efficiently
 create and deploy streaming media services.
     "Aggressive new price points will help make streaming media more
 pervasive," said Mark Gray, chairman, president and CEO, Kasenna, Inc.
 "Kasenna MediaBase on SGI Linux brings a dramatic reduction in the cost to
 launch streaming media applications.  This makes it increasingly attractive
 for companies to pilot new applications and accelerate their deployments of
 streaming media services."
     "SGI, the leader in the intranet video server market, is now extending its
 capabilities to Linux, making its world-class streaming media solutions
 available at a lower price point," said Rufus Connell, industry manager,
 Frost & Sullivan.
     "The ability to stream media is becoming increasingly important with the
 exponential growth of the broadband Internet," said Greg Estes, vice president
 and general manager, Telecommunications and Media Group, SGI.  "We are pleased
 to extend our media streaming expertise -- which dates back to the interactive
 television trials of the mid-1990s -- to Linux, which we believe is driving
 the explosive growth of the broadband media streaming market.  This and other
 Media Commerce solutions from SGI enable our customers to create, manage,
 deliver and transact content over a vast range of networks."
     SGI -- a proven leader in the media streaming market -- currently has more
 than 1,500 broadband media server installations worldwide.  These broadband
 media servers provide the capacity to deliver more than 150,000 MPEG streams
 over digital networks using Internet protocol and place SGI at the forefront
 of the development, sales and deployment of media streaming technologies for
 broadband networks.  Whether those networks are public or private, intranets
 or the Internet, connected to PCs or set-top boxes, SGI and its solutions
 partners provide field-proven media streaming solutions and advancements.
     As the Linux operating system continues to grow in popularity, SGI has
 consistently supported the Linux community with such applications as
 Linux FailSafe(TM), XFS(TM) for Linux and the SGI Linux(TM) Advanced Cluster
 Environment (ACE).  These mature applications, developed to work together,
 result in a complete infrastructure upon which a commercial Linux user can
 depend -- an industry first.
 
     Pricing
     SGI began shipping Kasenna MediaBase for Linux software at
 $11,000 U.S. list for a 100-stream license -- the same price as the
 SGI(TM) IRIX(R) version.  It is available now.
 
     About SGI Media Commerce(TM) Solutions
     SGI Media Commerce solutions for Internet and media serving range from
 affordable Linux OS-based servers to powerful, scalable SGI IRIX OS-based
 servers.  Linux servers are ideal for Web hosting, messaging, e-commerce and
 media streaming Internet services, while IRIX servers are used for high-volume
 broadband media streaming, carrier-class messaging and e-commerce
 database-intensive applications.  SGI Media Commerce solutions enable
 telecommunications, broadband Internet, media and entertainment customers to
 create, manage, deliver and transact content over a vast range of networks.
 
     About Kasenna, Inc.
     Kasenna delivers broadband infrastructure software that enables network
 service providers, content providers and enterprises to build commercial-grade
 streaming media networks and applications.  Over 1,000 customers worldwide use
 the company's software technology for streaming media network deployments,
 media archiving and browsing, distance learning and corporate communications
 applications.  Kasenna was founded in January 2000 with funding from
 U.S. Venture Partners, Alloy Ventures, Entertainment Media Ventures and
 Silicon Graphics, Inc.  Kasenna, pronounced (kah-SEN-ah), is headquartered in
 Mountain View, Calif.  The company may be accessed internationally at
 www.kasenna.com.
 
     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.  Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with
 offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com.
     NOTE:  Silicon Graphics and IRIX are registered trademarks, and SGI,
 SGI Media Commerce, Media Commerce, Linux FailSafe, IRIS FailSafe,
 SGI FailSafe, SGI Linux, XFS and the SGI logo are trademarks, of
 Silicon Graphics, Inc.  Kasenna MediaBase is a trademark of Kasenna, Inc.
 RealVideo and RealAudio are registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc.
 QuickTime is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.  Linux is a registered
 trademark of Linus Torvalds, used with permission by Silicon Graphics, Inc.
 All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective
 owners.
 
     CONTACT:  Lisa Pistacchio of Silicon Graphics, Inc., 650-933-5683, or
 pistacchio@sgi.com; or Mary Adams of Kasenna, Inc., 650-943-8750, or
 meadams@kasenna.com; or SGI PR Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR fax,
 650-932-0737.
 
 

SOURCE Silicon Graphics, Inc.
    SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Streaming Media West 2000,
 Booth 219, Continuing to demonstrate its leadership in the media streaming
 market, SGI (NYSE:   SGI) today announced that Kasenna(TM) MediaBase(TM) is now
 available for Linux(R) OS-based servers from SGI and can be purchased from
 SGI and its resellers.  This brings the hardware entry price for multiformat
 streaming capability down to $3,445 (U.S. list price) and gives customers a
 choice between powerful, scalable SGI(TM) IRIX(R) OS-based servers and
 multiple low-cost Linux OS-based servers from SGI.
     Kasenna MediaBase offers an integrated platform for multiformat streaming,
 content management and content transfer supporting popular streaming formats
 such as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, RealVideo(R), RealAudio(R), QuickTime(TM) and
 MP3.  This award-winning software enables customers to quickly and efficiently
 create and deploy streaming media services.
     "Aggressive new price points will help make streaming media more
 pervasive," said Mark Gray, chairman, president and CEO, Kasenna, Inc.
 "Kasenna MediaBase on SGI Linux brings a dramatic reduction in the cost to
 launch streaming media applications.  This makes it increasingly attractive
 for companies to pilot new applications and accelerate their deployments of
 streaming media services."
     "SGI, the leader in the intranet video server market, is now extending its
 capabilities to Linux, making its world-class streaming media solutions
 available at a lower price point," said Rufus Connell, industry manager,
 Frost & Sullivan.
     "The ability to stream media is becoming increasingly important with the
 exponential growth of the broadband Internet," said Greg Estes, vice president
 and general manager, Telecommunications and Media Group, SGI.  "We are pleased
 to extend our media streaming expertise -- which dates back to the interactive
 television trials of the mid-1990s -- to Linux, which we believe is driving
 the explosive growth of the broadband media streaming market.  This and other
 Media Commerce solutions from SGI enable our customers to create, manage,
 deliver and transact content over a vast range of networks."
     SGI -- a proven leader in the media streaming market -- currently has more
 than 1,500 broadband media server installations worldwide.  These broadband
 media servers provide the capacity to deliver more than 150,000 MPEG streams
 over digital networks using Internet protocol and place SGI at the forefront
 of the development, sales and deployment of media streaming technologies for
 broadband networks.  Whether those networks are public or private, intranets
 or the Internet, connected to PCs or set-top boxes, SGI and its solutions
 partners provide field-proven media streaming solutions and advancements.
     As the Linux operating system continues to grow in popularity, SGI has
 consistently supported the Linux community with such applications as
 Linux FailSafe(TM), XFS(TM) for Linux and the SGI Linux(TM) Advanced Cluster
 Environment (ACE).  These mature applications, developed to work together,
 result in a complete infrastructure upon which a commercial Linux user can
 depend -- an industry first.
 
     Pricing
     SGI began shipping Kasenna MediaBase for Linux software at
 $11,000 U.S. list for a 100-stream license -- the same price as the
 SGI(TM) IRIX(R) version.  It is available now.
 
     About SGI Media Commerce(TM) Solutions
     SGI Media Commerce solutions for Internet and media serving range from
 affordable Linux OS-based servers to powerful, scalable SGI IRIX OS-based
 servers.  Linux servers are ideal for Web hosting, messaging, e-commerce and
 media streaming Internet services, while IRIX servers are used for high-volume
 broadband media streaming, carrier-class messaging and e-commerce
 database-intensive applications.  SGI Media Commerce solutions enable
 telecommunications, broadband Internet, media and entertainment customers to
 create, manage, deliver and transact content over a vast range of networks.
 
     About Kasenna, Inc.
     Kasenna delivers broadband infrastructure software that enables network
 service providers, content providers and enterprises to build commercial-grade
 streaming media networks and applications.  Over 1,000 customers worldwide use
 the company's software technology for streaming media network deployments,
 media archiving and browsing, distance learning and corporate communications
 applications.  Kasenna was founded in January 2000 with funding from
 U.S. Venture Partners, Alloy Ventures, Entertainment Media Ventures and
 Silicon Graphics, Inc.  Kasenna, pronounced (kah-SEN-ah), is headquartered in
 Mountain View, Calif.  The company may be accessed internationally at
 www.kasenna.com.
 
     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.  Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with
 offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com.
     NOTE:  Silicon Graphics and IRIX are registered trademarks, and SGI,
 SGI Media Commerce, Media Commerce, Linux FailSafe, IRIS FailSafe,
 SGI FailSafe, SGI Linux, XFS and the SGI logo are trademarks, of
 Silicon Graphics, Inc.  Kasenna MediaBase is a trademark of Kasenna, Inc.
 RealVideo and RealAudio are registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc.
 QuickTime is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.  Linux is a registered
 trademark of Linus Torvalds, used with permission by Silicon Graphics, Inc.
 All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective
 owners.
 
     CONTACT:  Lisa Pistacchio of Silicon Graphics, Inc., 650-933-5683, or
 pistacchio@sgi.com; or Mary Adams of Kasenna, Inc., 650-943-8750, or
 meadams@kasenna.com; or SGI PR Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR fax,
 650-932-0737.
 
 SOURCE  Silicon Graphics, Inc.

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