Rackable Resurrects SGI

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From mega acquisitions to giant vertical vendor stacks to technology trends such as virtualization and cloud computing, the data center stage was set for drama in 2009. Here's a look back at some of the key plot points from this past year.

Rackable Resurrects SGI
Rackable Systems' move to buy former technology star Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) for just $25 million was perhaps dwarfed by the other big data center news over the past year. After all, they may seem a more minor player in the grand scheme of vertical integration, and SGI’s star has fallen from where it was during the glory days.

Rackable’s announcement came soon after the company unveiled a new channel partner reseller program, designed to expand the company’s markets in a year when hardware sales were in decline. But the deal itself ended up being worth $42.5 million, and Rackable took SGI’s name.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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