Company Press Release:
SGI and Intergraph Corporation, two companies that develop high-performance graphics workstations and innovative software, announced today they have finalized the Middle East and North Africa terms of a strategic global alliance.
Under the alliance, SGI is acquiring certain assets from Intergraph Corporation, including Intergraph Computer Systems' award-winning Zx10 family of Vizual Workstations and servers, which are known for their performance, features and dependability in a Windows NT environment.
The Zx10 line will be marketed exclusively by SGI and will complement SGI's recently announced line of Intel processor-based workstations, the Silicon Graphics 230, Silicon Graphics 330 and Silicon Graphics 550 visual workstations featuring VProTM graphics. These SGI workstations and servers are on public display for the first time in the Middle East & North Africa at GITEX 2000.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for both our companies’ operations in the Middle East," said Jean-Philippe Degrendele, SGI’s general manager Middle East and North Africa. "SGI's mission is to deliver industry-leading products and services to our technical and creative customers in the region. The Zx10 systems are an ideal complement to SGI’s current product offerings and enable us to expand our solution offerings for the digital content creation, print and publishing, visual simulation and manufacturing markets. Intergraph has a strong brand in the Middle East and the alliance will enable us to expand further into the enterprise workstation and server markets."
"We've been actively seeking a strategic partner for our hardware business, and SGI is a natural fit for us," said Eyass Youness, Intergraph sales manager. "This is an excellent strategy for Intergraph in the Middle East and North Africa, strengthening our regional strategy of providing our customers with complete end-to-end solutions, including technical applications, systems integration, consulting and services."
Industry analysts have expressed approval for the global SGI and Intergraph alliance. "Intergraph has been seeking a partner for its visualization hardware business for some time," stated Richard Chu of SG Cowen & Co., Boston, in a research report. "We view this partnership as highly positive for both companies."
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