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Information Week: SCO Gives Unix A Web Face -- Vendor Aims Higher-End, More Scalable Unixware Offering At Emerging Enterprises.

Feb 27, 1999, 23:39 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Natalie Engler)

"SCO Inc.'s OpenServer has long been the operating system of choice for many smaller businesses that want to run Unix on Intel processors. SCO now hopes that such businesses will flock to a version of its higher-end UnixWare enterprise software. Last week, SCO introduced UnixWare 7 Business Edition, which the company says is more scalable, more affordable, and easier to manage than previous UnixWare offerings.

UnixWare 7 Business Edition, due this month, includes a Web interface that lets IT managers administer UnixWare servers from any client with a browser. This feature, named Webtop, is based on SCO's Tarantella software for network computing. The company expects Webtop to attract IT managers who want the power of Unix but shy away from its command-line interface. The theory, says Tamar Newberger, director of product management for SCO's server division, is that 'if you know how to use a browser, you know how to use Unix.' Server-based applications can also be accessed by users running Java-equipped browsers or Java thin clients; according to SCO, the apps don't need to be modified on the back end to run in this environment.

Robert Piwowarczyk, president of Enterprise Systems, a Morrison, Colo., reseller, says the Tarantella technology behind Webtop means companies don't have to be locked into a single client platform for Web access. Companies with older terminal systems and thin clients, for example, can have Webtop access to UnixWare server apps. This capability, he says, 'gives them the best of both worlds.'

An integrated Web server, an unlimited number of E-mailboxes, and streaming audio and video from Real Networks are included in the $1,399 price tag. UnixWare 7 Business Edition also offers enhanced file and print sharing between Unix servers, NetWare servers, and Windows PCs. It also runs Red Hat Linux applications, as well as apps written for DOS, Windows 3.1, and Windows 95. 'As you develop new applications or change applications,' Piwowarczyk says, 'you don't have to buy any additional servers.'"

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