Buyer's Guide to Digital Electronic Equipment: No strings attached

Many products with digital parts are sold with “strings” designed to lock buyers into high-margin post-purchase contracts for such things as “Support”, “Maintenance”, and “Upgrades”.  Some contracts are so intertwined into the purchase that buyers are forced to replace fully functional equipment on a schedule dictated by the manufacturer.

This blog allows you to learn how you can protect yourself from policies that limit your exposure to hidden permission issues that threaten your right of ownership and create nonessential replacement costs. 

SGI and Twitter Predict the Future

While it might look like a map of everything under attack on your kids favorite Xbox game it’s actually a heat map.  And not just any heat map, it’s the “Global Twitter Heartbeat.”  Created by Silicon Graphics International Corp. (SGI) and the University of Illinois the technology is used to create "heat maps" that track up-to-the-minute responses to major events on Twitter. 

There’s More to SGI Than Meets the Eye

I just returned from a weeklong trip to SGI and it has my mind racing this morning.  Now when I say SGI, I’m not talking Silicon Graphics, rather I’m referring to Saint George Island, but I can't help but think of the similarities.  Everywhere I went this week I saw SGI and couldn’t escape the immediate trigger of thinking about Silicon Graphics.  The uncanny connection between the two can only be explained as follows…

Silicon Graphic (SGI) Stocks Plummet

On Wednesday afternoon, SGI stocks plunged a whopping 12% and were down $1.09.  They continued to fall and reached a low Thursday night at $8 a share.  The stock has continued to drop and is now around $5.50 a share, an all-time low for the year.  This comes just a few short months after they had reached an all-time high of $21.72 as SGI announced the selling of two of its shared memory Altix UV Systems to Atomic Weapons Establishment of UK. 

Silicon Graphics International CFO Hangs His Shoes

Silicon Valley’s own SGI (Silicon Graphics International) announced that CFO, Jim Wheat, has turned in his resignation papers and will be leaving SGI.   This major change comes just less than 90 days from SGI hiring new CEO and President Jorge Titinger.  The company has been going through a reorganization since Titinger came in as CEO and announced, "I am excited to be part of the new SGI, building on one of Silicon Valley's great brands and fully exploiting the opportunities in HPC, Big Data and the Cloud."

What’s Left of Silicon Graphics Sues Apple and Other Phone Makers

What’s left of Silicon Graphics have filed suit against several phone makers alleging they have made infringements on a patent held by Silicon Graphics.  The lawsuit includes Apple, Japan-based Sony, Taiwan-based HTC, South Korea-based LG Electronics and Samsung, as well as BlackBerry maker Research In Motion.  The patent is owned by Graphics Properties Holdings, which is all that remains of the graphics pioneer Silicon Graphics, whose workstations were used to create the CGI dinosaurs for Jurassic Park and the entire Toy Story Pixar film. 

SGI Announces Plans to Slash European Workforce by 25%

Fremont-based Silicon Graphics International has decided to cut 25% of its workforce in Europe in a quest to reduce operating expenses in the economically struggling European region.   This announcement comes just less than a month after the appointment of Jorge Titinger as SGI’s president and chief executive officer.  Along with the 25% of their European workforce that’s reduced will be certain legal entities and SGI offices which will allow for a realignment of staff and operations.

The last Air Force F-22 Raptor rolls off the production line today

The final F-22 Raptor, the Air Force’s stealth fighter will come of the line at Lockheed’s Marietta, Georgia plant today.

Top 10 best practices for HPC data center relocations

Top 10 best practices for HPC Data Center Relocations

There are many reasons that a company or institution might need to move a large computer system.  New equipment might necessitate the currently installed systems being relocated within the same data center to provide space.  Leases expire, facilities close, corporate headquarters move, grants end, and new data centers are built making it either necessary or desirable to move a system or a data center to a new location.  Whatever the reason, moving a large HPC installation is a massive undertaking that can fall anywhere between a nightmarish disaster to a relatively painless process. 

A double dip recession shouldn’t affect HPC Market (SGi, CRAY, Etc.)

The High Performance Computing Market overcame a poor 2009 with a 22 percent growth in 2010. Both IDC and Intersect360 Research predict a consistent 7% growth for the next 5 years reaching a $36B market by 2015. (Image: IDC - HPC Market Share)

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