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SGI Launches First x86 Servers

SGI said Monday it's expanding its lineup to include its first x86-based servers.

Plans call for the high-end server maker to use Intel's latest Xeon server processors in systems coupled with Linux. The new servers are intended to extend SGI's reach into the enterprise.

SGI previously touched only the high end of the market but now wants to be a supplier for all of those companies' server needs, said Nancy Pierce, manager of the channel marketing and operations team at SGI. "What we are doing is taking our core competencies and making them attractive and affordable throughout the customer workflow," she said.

Each system includes two Xeon 5160 CPUs (formerly code-named Woodcrest) and supports up to 32 Gbytes of memory in a 1U or 2U chassis. The systems, slated to ship in August and start at $3,100, are available with Novell SUSE Enterprise Server or Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server. Each comes standard with a three-year warranty.

A clustered version also is available. SGI will factory-configure the clusters before shipping them to customers, or authorized SGI partners can do their own configurations, Pierce said.

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