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Linux.com: SCO Bridges Applications Gap with Tarantella

Feb 15, 2000, 05:01 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brandon Rich)

"For many years there have been large gaps between the Windows, UNIX, and Mainframe systems. Many companies have a need for accessing Windows, UNIX and Mainframe applications over a network. Typically this would require a sizable amount of work to be performed on the server and client sides. This architecture creates many administration headaches. Moving the administration away from the client machines and to the server can typically save a tremendous amount of time...."

"SCO by successfully reverse engineering the Microsoft RDP protocol (Remote Desktop Protocol) and creating a product called Tarantella is offering a product that allows a Linux server to serve Windows, UNIX as well as the legacy (TN3270) Mainframe applications. SCO has essentially moved the operating system to the network (NOS). This provides a seamless interface for users to access the applications served from various servers."

"There is one thing to note here. Tarantella acts as a "application broker". This means that Tarantella uses a Windows server to serve up Windows applications, these applications are not served directly from the Tarantella server. This helps keep down the administration requirements. The Windows server does not need to have any third party software (such as Tarantella) installed on it. This is where a lot of problems can occur. Instead what SCO has done is left the application servers in tact and thus creating more stable servers. Clients will connect to the Tarantella server and access the Windows applications through it."

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