SGI Unveils Linux Based Altix 350 Mid-Range Server

by Swapna Khanna    Jan 13, 2004

Silicon graphics launched on Monday the Altix 350, an Intel Itanium 2 and 64-bit Linux OS based server, targeted towards the mid-ranged computing market.

The Altix 350 is a 64-bit Linux solution for database servers, departmental servers and throughput clusters, and can scale up to sixteen processors.

The entry level Altix 350 Linux server, the latest mid-range offering from the Altix 3000 family, is priced at $10-12,000, and is focused specifically towards scientists, design engineers and researchers.

SGI claims that the sever will deliver up to 50 percent price and up to 75 percent performance advantages.

The server, which spans a broad range of scalable configurations, offers flexibility and configuration. It is capable of independently scaling across processors and shared memory and I/O on a single, standard chassis with different expansion modules, making it ideal for demanding technical applications.

Dave Parry, senior vice president and general manager, server and platform group, SGI said, “Customers for mid ranged departmental technical servers are looking for new solutions that are lower cost and more flexibility. Altix 350 has seized the price-
performance lead in this market, by combining the advantages of open source
Linux software, the industry standard high performance Itanium 2 processors, and SGI’s advanced shared memory system architecture.’

The Altix 3000 family of servers is currently being used by Tata Motors to improve design quality, reduce design-cycle time, and to control manufacturing costs for its Indica passenger vehicle platform.