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SGI Empowers Linux With the Availability of XFS 1.0 and Linux Failsafe Plug-Ins

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI (NYSE: SGI - news) today announced the production release of XFS(TM) 1.0 for Linux®, the high-end SGI journaled filesystem software, and code availability of Linux FailSafe(TM) clustering plug-ins. As a leading supporter of Linux and the Open Source community, SGI is once again providing business-critical infrastructure for Linux by porting scalable and robust technology such as XFS 1.0 and Linux FailSafe.

XFS 1.0 for Linux, a journaled filesystem that improves performance and speeds recovery in the event of a system failure, and the code for Linux FailSafe, a commonly used clustering tool to run critical applications, is now available for download on SGI's open source Web site at and . There is no cost for either item.

Linux FailSafe

Linux FailSafe is a high-availability clustering tool that helps companies maintain system uptime and ensure continual access to software and services, while eliminating the risk of system failures on critical applications. Linux FailSafe is architected to scale up to 16 nodes in a cluster with the cluster members sharing storage, allowing multiple servers to assume control of data in the event of a failure. Now with SGI's open sourced Linux FailSafe plug-ins, NFS(TM), Samba(TM) and Apache(TM) applications will be able to failover on system failure and users will still have access to their data.

XFS Journaled Filesystem

XFS, the widely recognized and industry-leading high-performance filesystem, provides reliability and rapid crash recovery without hampering performance. Existing filesystems entail significant limitations in scalability and stability, whereas SGI XFS is the first journaled filesystem that has over a six-year solid track record in production environments. Its mature technology has been proven on thousands of IRIX® OS-based systems as the default filesystem for all SGI customers.

XFS 1.0 for Linux works with the Linux 2.4 kernel and offers unique advantages that other filesystems do not, including:

    -- Crash recovery -- fast recovery, regardless of the number of files
       being managed
    -- Scalability -- meets the most demanding storage capacity and I/O
       storage needs
    -- Space allocation -- enables systems to efficiently scale to support
       large numbers of files and directories
    -- Complete tool set to support filesystem features
    -- Excellent integration with other Linux subsystems

License and Availability

Both XFS 1.0 and Linux FailSafe are licenses under GPL and are currently available at no cost.

About SGI

SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their toughest computing problems. A strong advocate for open technology, SGI is committed to contributing technology from its core competencies in visualization and high-performance computing to the Open Source community to help solve complex data problems. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices worldwide, company information is located on the Web at

NOTE: IRIX is a registered trademark and SGI, the SGI logo, Linux FailSafe, FailSafe and XFS are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds, used with permission by Silicon Graphics, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding the XFS 1.0 for Linux and Linux FailSafe clustering plug-ins that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such statements. The reader is cautioned not to rely unduly on these forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future performance. Such risks and uncertainties include the acceptance of applicable technologies by markets and customers and the ability of the company to manage a complex set of engineering, marketing and distribution relationships and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's most recent SEC reports, including its reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.

CONTACT: Kimberly Pepper, of SGI, 650-933-8814, or SGI PR Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR Fax, 650-932-0737.

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