Unix-owner Santa Cruz Operation Inc is sticking by the UnixWare brand it acquired along with core Unix SVR4.2 technologies from Novell Inc in 1995 and will bring its next-generation operating system for Intel Corp computers, code-named Gemini and now available in beta, to market as UnixWare. SCO’s extended SVR4.2 with 64-bit technologies which offer support for up to 64Gb RAM, 1Tb files sizes and 512 logical disks, 64-bit file systems, libraries, commands and APIs, ccNUMA distributed shared memory, Multi-Path I/O device failover, and for new buddy Compaq Computer Corp’s PCI Hot Plug hot-swapping capability. It’s calling the re- vamped kernel SVR5 and is claiming a 250% performance increase over SVR4.2 releases. Running on a Compaq Computer Corp server SCO claims UnixWare performed an industry best 10,546 TPC-C transactions per minute. All it needs now is a 64-bit chip to run on. SCO will rev the UnixWare operating system with other interfaces to support Intel’s forthcoming 64-bit Merced. SCO will offer the new UnixWare with new Java administration tools, a WebTop interface and application management. It will also include SCO’s forthcoming Tarantella Java client/server application technology. Tarantella will ship on UnixWare and Solaris by year- end and in other configurations for the channel early next year. A major new release is planned for the end of next year. Its relationship with Hewlett-Packard Co over and its enterprise credibility called into question, SCO has at least won renewed support of Compaq which is expected to a describe revamped partnership with SCO on Unix and will reportedly debut a new eight-way server designed to take advantage the SCO operating system. Compaq of course now owns Tandem Computers Inc which has recently befriended SCO by clustering Compaq servers using its ServerNet interconnect running UnixWare. Tandem’s run by Roel Pieper, former chief of AT&T’s Unix System Labs which originally sold Unix to Novell Inc.
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