Dearly Departed: Companies and Products That Didn't Deserve to Die

Some products just didn't deserve to die. But they did, because the companies made bad business decisions. We revisit several of our favorites--from minicomputers to software utilities--and mourn the best and brightest that died an untimely death.

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Their lights went out

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  • Company: Sequent
  • Born: 1983
  • Died: 1999
  • Cause of Death: Unusual accounting practices, which led to its acquisition by IBM
  • Founders: 17 engineers and executives from Intel
  • Most well-known product(s): Symmetry and NUMA
  • Why we miss them: They enabled a lights-out datacenter.
  • Lasting image/quote: "We wonder whether part of the reason IBM has taken out Sequent is to prevent it falling to Gateway, Dell or another PC maker looking to get into the enterprise." -William Fellows, Computergram International, 1999

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