[Beowulf] Rackable / SGI

Kilian CAVALOTTI kilian.cavalotti.work at gmail.com
Wed Apr 1 09:48:54 EDT 2009


On Wednesday 01 April 2009 14:56:46 Joe Landman wrote:
> As for the market shrinking, well ... this does happen.  We (Scalable)
> are happy to help customers out (service/support on existing systems,
> new clusters/storage), as is Don's company (Penguin), as are other
> companies here.  Some of us are doing well and growing.

That's good to hear, especially for the US market. I was thinking about us, 
European customers, who don't have access to that many "smaller" (no 
disrespect nor disdain here) companies, and who often have to rely on big 
names for our HPC projects. There are a few services/integration HPC companies 
in the EU, but not any that I'm aware of selling their own hardware, as 
Scalable or Penguin do. That's why I'm kind of concerned to see the number of 
our purchasing options reducing rapidly.

What about SGI's international sales, btw? AFAIK, Rackable is not present on 
the EU market, so will they expand here, or will they withdraw SGI's branches 
and activities? The press release states "SGI's international operations would 
be part of the sale, but would not be part of the bankruptcy process.", and 
I'm not quite sure what's the real meaning of this.

Cheers,
-- 
Kilian
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