SGI & Intergraph Form Strategic Alliance
SGI and Intergraph Corporation, two of the leaders in high-performance graphics workstations and software, have announced an alliance that allows both companies to share each other's products and expertise. Under the partnership, Intergraph will purchase US$100 million in SGI products and services over three years. In turn, SGI will obtain assets from Intergraph, including Intergraph Computer Systems' Zx10 family of ViZual Workstations and Servers. The Zx10 line will be exclusively marketed by SGI and will complement its recently announced line of Intel processor-based workstations, the Silicon Graphics 230, Silicon Graphics 330 and Silicon Graphics 550 visual workstations featuring VPro graphics. Specific details of the deal will be released within the next 60 days when the agreement becomes official. "This is a tremendous opportunity for both our companies," said Greg Goelz, vice president, Workstations and IA Servers, SGI. "SGI's mission is to deliver industry-leading products and services to our leading-edge technical and creative customers. The Zx10 systems complement our current product offerings very well and enable us to expand our solution offerings for the digital content creation, print and publishing, visual simulation and manufacturing markets. In addition, the alliance will create a new revenue stream for SGI as Intergraph adds the SGI product line to its portfolio." Jim Taylor, Intergraph CEO, said, "We've been actively seeking a strategic partner for our hardware business, and SGI is a natural fit for us. This is a good move for Intergraph, strengthening our strategy of providing our customers with complete end-to-end solutions, including technical applications, systems integration, consulting and services. By offering SGI and Intergraph technology to our customers, we provide a single source for software, services and hardware with the performance levels that our applications require and our customers need."