Friday, October 17th, 2014

Customers Including Sigma-Aldrich Corporation Rapidly Adopting SGI's Newly Certified Appliance for Its Performance and Simplicity to Achieve Extreme Scale With SAP HANA Platform and Lower Total Costs of Ownership

MILPITAS, CA -- (Marketwired) -- Oct 16, 2014 -- SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics, and data management and an SAP® global technology partner, today introduced SGI® UV? for SAP HANA®. It is a purpose-built, in-memory computing appliance for growing environments running the SAP HANA platform. SAP-certified and available today as a 4- or 8-socket single-node system with up to 6 terabytes (TB) of in-memory computing, SGI's new appliance is designed to enable the largest enterprises to achieve real-time operations and business breakthroughs with SAP HANA at extreme scale, helping to lower cost of ownership, while providing business continuity.

SGI UV for SAP HANA utilizes a unique scale-up, single-node architecture designed to deliver performance at unprecedented platform capacities. The simplicity of a single-node will allow enterprises to run applications free from the overhead of clustered appliances and reduce installation time -- there are no cluster nodes, cluster network, or SAN to configure and administer. And there will not be a need for database partitioning or re-balancing I/O when increasing the size of the SGI appliance. Operational costs are reduced, high availability is streamlined, and capacity can be increased seamlessly with near-linear performance.

"Large enterprises demand performance, simplicity and reduced total cost of ownership to achieve business transformation with the SAP HANA platform," said Jorge Titinger, president and CEO, SGI. "We are proud to bring our UV technology and in-memory computing expertise to enterprise environments providing an appliance designed to run simple and deliver the power of SAP HANA at extreme capacity. This certification marks SGI's commitment to deliver the operational simplicity of single-node architectures for greater scale to enable the competitive advantage that SAP HANA provides enterprise customers."

SGI UV for SAP HANA features the SGI UV 300H, a new offering in the SGI® UV? server line built for SAP HANA that couples seventh generation SGI technology and over 100 patents for in-memory computing with Intel® Xeon® E7 8890 v2 15-core processors. The appliance is certified by SAP at 4- or 8- sockets with up to 6TB of shared memory using 32GB DIMMS (capacity doubles using 64GB DIMMS) using ultrafast SGI NUMAlink® 7 interconnects. SGI UV 300H architecture is designed to scale to 32 sockets and 24TB of shared memory as a single-node system. NetApp® E2700 RAID arrays provide backup of data and log files in the event of power loss. The appliance arrives pre-configured with SAP HANA running on SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server. It is deployed by SGI professional services and SAP offers licensing for SAP HANA and first-line support for the solution.

Sigma-Aldrich Chooses SGI UV for SAP HANA
Life science and technology company Sigma-Aldrich Corporation selected SGI UV for SAP HANA to power its SAP HANA-based environment, enabling employees to better perform real-time analysis and proactively manage its 270,000 chemicals, biochemicals and other essential products for over 1.4 million scientists and technologists. Sigma-Aldrich will deploy 24 appliances of SGI UV for SAP HANA to support high availability and disaster recovery configurations spanning multiple data centers. In total, these solutions deliver 50-plus TB of in-memory compute power to run all SAP HANA-based enterprise applications. Seamless high availability and disaster recovery capabilities will help provide mission-critical data and workloads with an additional appliance.

"With operations in 37 countries and one of the leading life science e-commerce platforms in the industry, Sigma-Aldrich supports millions of researchers around the world in its quest to enhance the quality of life," said Silji Abraham, vice president and chief information officer at Sigma-Aldrich. "Our goal is simply to transform into a true, real-time enterprise by leveraging the immense computing power of SAP HANA for all transaction and analytic systems. At the heart of this transformation is the desire to provide best-in-class products and solutions to our customers around the world to help them accelerate their research and find solutions."

Abraham continued, "SGI has offered us a unique scale-up technology for SAP HANA beyond the normal limits. This allows us to realize our vision of transforming our entire enterprise to a 'real-time enterprise,' without worrying about our ability to support the exponential growth of big data."

"We welcome the availability of the new SGI UV for SAP HANA to the market," said Steve Lucas, president, Platform Solutions, SAP. "We look forward to working with SGI to further enable large enterprise customers to gain the real-time benefits of SAP HANA across the breadth and depth of their enterprises."

"SGI brings 20 years of expertise and industry leadership in large-scale, in-memory computing," said Earl Joseph, program vice president at IDC. "Their scale-up, single-node architecture is a significant addition to the appliances SAP-certified for SAP HANA. It provides a solid growth path for large, performance-intensive deployments and can greatly enhance operational efficiency."

SGI Joins SAP Co-Innovation Lab
SGI also announced it has become a member of the SAP Co-Innovation Lab, part of SAP's global network of labs. As a member of the lab, SGI will collaborate with SAP to develop and test innovative, new big data technologies and solutions with its 16-socket SGI UV. SGI and SAP, together with other partners such as SAP National Security Services (SAP NS2?) and Intel, will be working to explore a number of relevant topics such as advanced analytics, including genome analysis and others.

Availability and Support
SGI UV for SAP HANA with 4- or 8- sockets is now available for purchase from SGI and is ready for shipment. It is deployed by SGI professional services and SAP offers licensing for SAP HANA and first-line support for the solution.

Learn more about SGI UV for SAP HANA at www.sgi.com/saphana.

About SGI
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Forward-looking Statements
Any statements contained in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Reform Act"). Words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "predict," "should," "will" and similar expressions as they relate to the certification, commercial release, shipment and other aspects of SGI UV for SAP HANA are intended to identify such forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Reform Act. SGI undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. The factors that could affect SGI's future financial results are discussed more fully in SGI's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including SGI's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release.

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