Xinet WebNative Suite to Support SGI Altix Platform
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (March 31, 2008)— SGI (NASDAQ: SGIC) and Xinet®, Inc. today announced that the next release of the Xinet WebNative® Suite will be available for award-winning SGI® Altix® 450 and Altix® 4700 servers.
By making the Xinet WebNative Suite digital asset management system available for SGI Altix 450/4700 systems running Novell SUSE® Linux® Enterprise Server 10, the two companies will provide a compelling and cost-effective upgrade path for customers who currently use Xinet software on SGI® IRIX® based systems.
Implementing the SGI Altix 450/4700 platform to run Xinet WebNative Suite, for instance, will make it easy for current customers to continue to benefit from Xinet’s digital asset management system that leverages the shared-memory advantages of a genuine SGI platform. At the same time, they can also realize substantial savings by preserving their existing XFS® storage environment, which is also supported by the Altix architecture.
“Xinet software on SGI Altix 450/4700 is an ideal way forward not only for today’s Xinet customers with IRIX systems, but for any customer requiring a powerful and cost-effective digital asset management solution capable of keeping pace with the rapid growth in media file volumes,” said Bill Mannel, senior director of server marketing, SGI. “We’re pleased to be able to provide our customers with a platform that will be compatible with the Xinet WebNative Suite.”
SGI Altix 450/4700 servers offer a uniquely flexible and scalable architecture that allows Xinet software to make use of all the system’s memory, I/O and compute resources for optimum productivity. Altix systems also allow users to scale each of these components independently for “plug and solve” configuration flexibility. Powered by dual-core Intel® Itanium® 2 processors, SGI Altix 450/4700 systems are available in mid-range Altix 450 or high-end Altix 4700 modular blade configurations. This allows the Altix platform to be sized for every workflow, beginning with an entry-level system with just two sockets and seamlessly scaling up to an industry-leading 1,024 cores, all running under one instance of Linux in a Single System Image (SSI).
“Xinet customers expect the highest level of performance from the Xinet WebNative Suite and we want to ensure that any technology partner we work with can support us in that goal. Through this collaboration with SGI, Xinet customers who are migrating from older servers have a platform option that will keep up with the demands placed on our dynamic digital asset management system. We’re excited to support SGI Altix 450/4700 systems with our next WebNative Suite release,” said Ti-Fred Torres, director of technical support at Xinet.
About Xinet, Inc.
Xinet has developed image server software for the graphic arts, communications, publishing and printing industries since 1991. The de facto standard among advertising agencies worldwide, the Xinet WebNative Suite is the only digital asset management system that offers a dynamic production workflow toolset.
With its integrated database that speeds search and retrieval of assets, Xinet WebNative also creates automated, metadata-driven workflows. Through a browser-based interface accessible over the network or over the Internet, Xinet WebNative marries dynamic content distribution and manufacturing systems into one powerful asset management tool used globally by top marketers. Xinet’s customers include: BBDO, Draft FCB Group, Lowe Worldwide, McCann Erickson, Ogilvy & Mather, TBWA Worldwide, TracyLocke, Macy’s, Jarden Corp./Sunbeam, and The Topps Company, Inc. Xinet’s worldwide headquarters is in Berkeley, Calif.; its European office is in Munich, Germany.
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