End Of The Road For SGI

from the blip dept

Big tech companies never completely fade away. At some point, they get acquired for pennies. But, even so, SGI is one of the "big names" that really came about as close to simply fading away as any I can remember. Just this past weekend, I got into a discussion with someone who asked if SGI was even around any more... and just like that, comes the news that SGI filed for bankruptcy protection (yet again) just as it announced that it's being acquired by Rackable for just $25 million. For a company that was once considered a massive darling of Silicon Valley, it's quite a quiet ending. At least the company didn't go into full-on patent litigation as it had threatened to do a couple years ago...


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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Apr 2nd, 2009 @ 2:26am

    Litany of Failures

    Man, it’s unbelievable the number of wrong decisions they made: their first move away from Unix was to bring out a range of Windows-NT-based workstations ... that cost three times what other NT machines were selling for. And then when they finally embraced Linux, they hitched their sails to Itanium, which was supposed to leave x86 for dead, but which ended up way overdue and underperforming, and never recovered from that bad start.

    That being said, all the other proprietary Unix vendors seem to have hit extinction too. Except for Sun, which has been circling slowly towards the plughole for a long time...

     

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    Archer0911, Apr 2nd, 2009 @ 5:31am

    :(

    It's a sad day.

     

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    Aaron Martin-Colby (profile), Apr 2nd, 2009 @ 7:26am

    Sad

    Very sad. They could have been so much more if they had just adjusted to the changing graphics market. You'd think that the emergence of consumer-level graphics acceleration like Rendition and 3dFX would have given them a hint of what was to come, but no.

     

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    another mike, Apr 2nd, 2009 @ 12:05pm

    old poker players never die, they just shuffle off.

     

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