The Santa Cruz Operation (SCO) is planning versions of its Unixware operating system preconfigured for specific horizontal markets such as Web servers.
The aim is to make it easier for customers to buy its product, particularly in the small to medium enterprise (SME) space.
The company claims that, while SMEs currently buy an average of 1.5 servers to run their businesses, this will increase to three by 2002 because customers are introducing more single purpose systems such as Web servers. In the past, they simply used one server to run everything from a database to file and print.
Mike Foster, SCO?s director of Unix systems marketing, explained at the organisation?s SCO Forum developer conference in Santa Cruz this week: ?In the past, we threw the legos on the table and said go and build things yourselves, but that was too confusing for people. They now want to buy things that they can use for specific functions, so we?re pre-aggregating things on the server and are moving to a purpose built model with Unixware 7.?
He added that the firm was also evaluating how to make its offerings suitable not only for horizontal markets, but also for certain key vertical ones. For example, it was deciding whether to ship the Messaging Edition of Unixware as standard for the telecomms market as a starting point, and then compile a bundle of relevant third party products as an add-on.
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