By William Fellows
Santa Cruz Operation Inc will unveil the long-promised Data Center version of its UnixWare operating system at the forthcoming CeBit Hanover Fair in Germany, plus, it says, new OEM partners in addition to the companies which bankrolled SCO’s data center development last year. The Data Center edition includes the integration of high-end technologies OEMed from the likes of Compaq’s Tandem unit and includes supports for techniques such as ccNUMA plus other other functions required by SCO’s data center partners, including Intel, ICL, Unisys, Compaq and Data General. This week SCO also rattled out a new cut of UnixWare designed for use by small businesses with as few as five users. UnixWare 7.1 is available in Business ($1,400, five users), Department (25 users), and Enterprise (50 users) editions. The Business edition will eventually supercede SCO’s venerable Xenix-based OpenServer cash cow. SCO has added the WebTop interface to UnixWare from its Tarantella application display software. WebTop essentially provides a web page interface to all services. SCO, which is co- developing the next generation 64-bit version of its operating system with IBM Corp on top of AIX, says it will continue to develop and sell the 32-bit UnixWare for at least five years. Beginning this year, it will add AIX APIs and its look and feel which it says will enable AIX ISVs to more easily port applications to UnixWare and prepare 32-bit UnixWare users for the migration to the AIX-based 64-bit operating system code-named Monterey64. SCO’s claiming the new UnixWare 7.1 can go 10,000 hours between software stops or 99.99% availability. It’s already promised 99.995% UnixWare uptime by 2000 (CI No 3,543).