Rackable Resurrects SGIBy Jessica Davis | Print
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.