Sealcorp’s receiver, Richard Agnew, put up almost 30 pieces of SGI hardware for tender last week, handing the job to Australian industrial auctioneer graysonline.
The SGI 1200 and 1400 servers, 230 workstations and screens are new and ex-demonstration, says graysonline spokesman Michael Hayes. They are proprietary SGI machines and not Intel-based.
Hayes wouldn’t name the company that the hardware came from, but inquiries by Computerworld have established that it is Sealcorp, which went into liquidation in July after SGI and Novell, both of which are owed money by Sealcorp, applied for that outcome.
Graysonline, the online arm of Australian auctioneers The Gray Group, was accepting tenders up until 4pm last Wednesday and interest had been high, Hayes says. “We’ve had about 40 inquiries from Australia and six from New Zealand.”
The tender process involves responding to email inquiries by sending a hard copy bid form. Bids are assessed once a deadline is passed.
A previous tender of ex-Sealcorp gear, held last month, failed to reach the minimum required by the receiver, says Richard Agnew manager David Levin. “We decided not to accept the tender and now have a reasonably large amount of stock for which we’re looking for the right way to sell.”
The stock was of “selected items” of hardware and software and didn’t include PCs, servers, printers or Microsoft software, Levin told Computerworld shortly after tenders closed.
Levin and Agnew kept the SGI stock separate in order to hold a special tender for it. Hayes says if no satisfactory bid is received for the SGI hardware, a live auction may be held.
Meanwhile, The Gray Group is holding a live auction of ex-demo Hewlett-Packard stock and hardware from a cancelled Dell order in Auckland on December 4.