The Santa Cruz Operation (SCO) will start shipping an evaluation version of its Unixware Nonstop Clusters software next week to try and boost its ambitions in the enterprise space.
The move follows Compaq?s decision to port its Tandem unit?s clustering technology over to Unixware running on Compaq?s ProLiant servers in January of this year for sale into the telecommications market.
But SCO has now licensed the software and plans to port it to other hardware platforms, including Fujitsu/ICL?s machines, for sale to all markets, excluding telecoms.
The shrinkwrapped offering will be branded as a SCO product and will not appear on the Compaq price list, although the two companies will undertake joint marketing programmes for the channel. They also intend to introduce a new reseller recruitment, training and certification scheme this quarter in the US and Europe, with roll-out to other regions scheduled to follow later in the year.
Tamar Newberger, SCO?s director of product management for the platform technology group, said: ?We want to do the product rollout differently to normal and introduce the evaluation phase because this is one of our leading forays into the enterprise space. This is big for us because you can?t have an enterprise strategy without a clustering strategy."
"But the major thrust will come in the next release, after people have spent six months evaluating the product and ramping up to take it. We need to train our distributors and support because this is a new area for us and we don?t want a glitch,? he added.
As a result SCO does not expect to sell many licences until version 2.0 is released at the start of next year, although partners and users will be able to try it out at one of 12 new demonstration and competency centres being set up worldwide.
The offering will also be shipped as part of a bundle with Unixware for the rest of this year, although users wishing to deploy the system will puchase a key to unlock it.
Pricing is likewise not expected to be set for another couple of months, despite Newberger?s claims that the software will, ?deliver 10 times the availability for half the price of existing systems.?
While Unixware Nonstop Clusters currently scales up to six nodes, it is likely to appear as a two node failover solution for use with Unixware mail servers, for example, with discussions still ongoing as to how to package other configurations.
Users are expected to simply pay for extra nodes as they wish to add them, scaling up to 32 by 2000.
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