Analyst Coverage: Philip Howard and Daniel Howard
Cray Research was founded by Seymour Cray in 1972. It was acquired by Silicon Graphics (SGI) in 1990 and then re-acquired by Tera Computer Company in 2000, at which point the organisation was re-named as Cray Inc. and that remains the case today. The company is listed on NASDAQ and has offices throughout Europe and Asia-Pacific as well as the United States.
The company is (one of) the leading designers and manufacturers of supercomputers and high performance parallel storage. In addition to supercomputing and storage, Cray also market graph-based analytics, as well as solutions for Artificial Intelligence like the recently released Accel AI reference configurations for machine and deep learning workflows. In 2010 the company formed a subsidiary called YarcData which developed its own graph database software running on Cray hardware. Since that time what was YarcData has been folded back into the parent company and Cray now offers two products in this space: the Cray Graph Engine, which is a generalised graph database that can be deployed on Cray systems; and Urika-GX, which is an analytic system offering that combines Hadoop, Spark and the Graph Engine within a single configuration. The latter distinguishes itself from an appliance because, although the software is pre-installed and ready to run, you are not limited to what you might subsequently install. Urika-GX is also available as a service running in the cloud, as well as on-premises.