SOURCE: Neterion, Inc.

August 29, 2006 08:00 ET

SGI Selects Neterion's Low Profile 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter for New Line of Servers

New Adapter Offers Increased Bandwidth Advantages to SGI's High-Performance Line of Altix and XE Server and Cluster Platforms

CUPERTINO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 29, 2006 -- Neterion, Inc., the market leader in 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters for server and storage environments, today announced the availability of a new low profile 10 GbE adapter card designed for high-performance server, cluster and storage platforms from SGI (PINKSHEETS: SGID).

The low profile SGI® 10-Gbit Ethernet Network Adapter is compatible with both PCI-X 1.0 and 2.0 DDR bus interfaces. The design also extends Neterion's market leadership position in virtualization at the I/O level.

Based on specific feedback from its customers, Neterion developed the SGI® 10-Gbit Ethernet Network Adapter to provide integration, performance, size and scalability advantages for the full family of SGI® Altix® and SGI® Altix® XE server, cluster and storage platforms. The SGI® 10-Gbit Ethernet Network Adapter includes full native support in drivers already shipping in several major Linux distributions.

"SGI customers have some of the most demanding performance requirements in the industry for I/O intensive applications such as rich media transfer," said Neterion's president and CEO, Dave Zabrowski. "This new adapter, with its low profile form factor, will provide reduced size, improved performance and scalability advantages for Altix and Altix XE servers and clusters."

SGI® 10-Gbit Ethernet Network Adapter is designed for the following Linux-based SGI products:

--  Altix® 4700 -- Highly dense modular blade design featuring world's
    most powerful server architecture
--  Altix® 3700 -- The most versatile supercomputing platform available
    to handle HPC workloads
--  Altix® 450 -- Mid-range blade server with dual-core processors
    designed for 'plug and solve' flexibility
--  Altix® 350 -- Linux-based mid-range server offering best-in-class
--  Altix® 330 -- Entry level 1U size server that scales to support HPC
--  Altix® XE Servers and Clusters -- SGI's newest product line, based
    on the Intel® Xeon® Dual-core 5100 processor architecture. Altix XE
    provides industry-leading energy efficiency and performance in factory-
    integrated, customizable clusters.
--  SGI® InfiniteStorage NAS and SAN systems that are based on SGI Altix
"As densities increase and space limitations become a critical factor in data centers, the addition of Neterion's 10-Gbit Ethernet Network Adapter to our Altix and Altix XE product families will provide a significant competitive advantage," noted Dave Parry, senior vice president and product general manager for SGI. "A smaller, more energy efficient, scalable architecture that offers greatly improved performance is a winning combination for our customers."

The SGI® 10-Gbit Ethernet Network Adapter is available today from SGI. For more information, log on to:

About Neterion, Inc.

Founded in 2001, Neterion, Inc. has locations in Cupertino, California and Ottawa, Canada. Neterion delivers 10 Gigabit Ethernet hardware & software solutions that solve customers' high-end networking problems. The Xframe® line of products is based on Neterion-developed technologies that deliver new levels of performance, availability and reliability in the datacenter. Xframe, Xframe II and Xframe E include full IPv4 and IPv6 support, and comprehensive stateless offloads that preserve the integrity of current TCP/IP implementations without "breaking the stack." Xframe drivers are available for all major Operating Systems, including Microsoft Windows, Linux, HP-UX, IBM's AIX, Sun's Solaris and SGI's IRIX. Further information on the company can be found at

Xframe and Xframe II are registered trademarks of Neterion, Inc. Silicon Graphics, SGI, IRIX, and Altix are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in several countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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