SGI Support of MIPS® IRIX® Products Changes December 2013
SGI launched the MIPS/IRIX family of products in 1988. Since then, this technology has powered servers, workstations, and visualization systems used extensively in Manufacturing, Media, Science, Government/Defense, and Energy. After nearly two decades of leading the world in innovation and versatility, the MIPS/IRIX products ended their general availability in 2008. Five years later in 2013, we are still supporting some of our customers in this environment.
SGI's Commitment to our Customers
SGI continues to offer some of the MIPS hardware products as remanufactured. These refurbished systems are available as supply allows, and supply of some configurations may be constrained. Please see the Remarketed Products section for more information.
As planned and communicated several years ago, IRIX software products will change their support mode as of December 31st, 2013. IRIX products continue to be a viable solution for some of our customer, so SGI has come up with the following support plan.
What this means for our current MIPS/IRIX customers: SGI will continue to support IRIX 6.5.28, 6.5.29, and 6.5.30 versions. The biggest change is that there will no longer be any new critical, security, or data integrity fixes provided after December 31st, 2013. However, SGI still has IRIX knowledgeable support engineers that can assist with finding known solutions and/or possible workarounds to critical issues. As a reminder, SGI cannot test or support any new hardware for IRIX (for example, new storage).
This process has enabled us to extend support for SGI products well beyond industry expectations.
If you have additional questions on the MIPS/IRIX end of production, please contact your regional SGI representative.