SCO will launch Unixware 7 Datacentre edition at the Cebit trade show in Germany later this week.
The product is the fruit of communal investment from SCO's Datacentre Acceleration Programme (DCAP) partners ICL, Data General, Compaq, Unisys and Intel. Running on an eight way Pentium III Xeon machine, Unixware 7 is expected to support hundreds of users, but was architected to run on hardware as large as a 32 way machine.
Current versions of Unixware boast between 13,000 and 15,000 applications, which will all work on Unixware 7 Datacentre edition, but it is debatable how many of these are "enterprise" class applications. All the major database vendors have Unixware versions, but the only ERP application suite to be ported to the platform is Oracle, though SCO hinted that there could be another one shortly.
The 32bit Datacentre version is over shadowed by the 64bit operating system known as the Monterey project, which will be an amalgamation of IBM's AIX and Unixware. It will be on the market in a year.
Hewlett-Packard will also be at Cebit, launching a new Jornada CE palmtop. The company will also introduce an entry level Intel E60 server, which it claims to be the most scalable and the first to have integrated backup. It will also debut a CE based Windows Terminal, three new CD writers and a mobile phone with Internet access.
The show will also be the first European outing of the all in one LCD screen PC, from Fujitsu.
"It's almost back to the initial luggables - you can drag it round the house from room to room," said Tony Reilly, European product marketing manager for Fujitsu. It will retail for about #1,500, if the reception at Cebit is positive.
Acer will demonstrate its CE based Windows Terminal and a new home PC, Aspire, which will incorporate Time Machine, software that will automatically back up system files. Aspire will only use USB interfaces.
Packard Bell/NEC hope to use the show as a platform to reinforce its branding following the restructuring of its business restructuring earlier this month.
On one stand NEC will be exhibiting a new four way server in its Express 5800 line and new small form factor notebook. On an adjacent stand the consumer oriented Packard Bell will debut a consumer machine with the brand new Voodoo 3DFX graphics accelerator chip set.
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