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  • editor's notes:- in October 2008 - Rackable Systems said it will offer packaged arrays of flash SSDs using either SLC from Intel or MLC for "for low-write-rate environments."

    The SSD-based server and storage systems will be available for traditional data center configurations and with the company's award-winning ICE Cube modular data center.

    In May 2009 - Rackable Systems, Inc. acquired substantially all the assets of Silicon Graphics, Inc. (for approximately $25 million in cash) to form the new SGI.

    In February 2010 - SGI announced the purchase of substantially all the assets and assumption of a limited number of liabilities of COPAN Systems.
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