Members of Monterey 64bit Unix on Intel Project have declared war on other Unix vendors such as Hewlett-Packard and Sun, claiming they want to make their offering the leading high volume enterprise Unix environment.
Project Monterey was born in October last year when the Santa Cruz Operation (SCO), Intel and IBM got together to merge SCO’s Unixware and Big Blue’s AIX Unix operating systems (OSs) to run on Intel’s IA-64 architecture. The alliance was later joined by Sequent, which IBM subsequently acquired, and endorsed by Compaq in April this year.
But Samsung and Computer Associates also announced their support for the initiative at the SCO Forum user conference in Santa Cruz on Monday.
Samsung’s Electronics unit has agreed to OEM Monterey for its Internet appliances and enterprise servers, building on its support for Unixware, while CA said it will port its Unicenter TNG systems management software to Unixware 7 and then to Monterey, when it ships in the third or fourth quarter next year.
But Mike Orr, SCO’s new senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said: “This is a state of potential war because we’re not the only group of companies that wants to be the volume leader in the enterprise. HP says HP/UX will be the de facto Unix, which is clearly war, but our goal is to ensure Monterey is established as the leading enterprise Unix from headless servers to the largest data centre.”
He claimed that IBM and SCO jointly owned 52 per cent of the Unix market, while HP had a 10.9 per cent share and Sun Microsystems had 3.7 per cent with Solaris on Intel and 18.6 per cent with Solaris on Sparc.
And he also said that Monterey would be targetted at the socalled ebusiness marketplace, which included applications sectors such as electronic commerce, supply chain management, business intelligence, knowledge management and customer relationship management. As a result, it will be bundled with a range of different applications when it ships and sold to specific vertical markets.
JP Leblanc, SCO’s director of enterprise marketing, said: “Ebusiness solutions will drive the industry and the high volume Unix on Intel market. We’re all marching to an aggressive game plan about defining and delivering solutions.”
But Doug Michels, SCO’s president and chief executive, said that Monterey would be available in three separate binary iterations, although they would all be based on the same source code. The OS would run on Intel’s IA-32 architecture in the shape of an evolving Unixware 7, on its IA-64 architecture and also on IBM’s Power Risc chipset.
Although each iteration would have the same standard set of application programming interfaces for developers to write their applications to, they would need to port and recomplie them for each platform.
Both SCO and IBM will own the product, which will be trademarked under one name, although they will both ship it separately and pay each other royalties for each unit shipped.
Michels explained: “It had to be one product and the core OS had to be a single porting target so that ISVs would use it. The primary aim was not to protect our mutual customer bases, but to create the optimal platform for Merced that would be broadly accepted by the industry because acceptability to the industry was the key component. But it will be an evolving product and future releases of AIX on PowerPC and Monterey on IA-64 will get closer.”
Monterey is currently available on an Intel simulator, but is due to go into alpha in the first quarter of next year. Beta testing will follow in the second quarter, but a software development kit for C, C++ and Java development will appear by the start of the fourth quarter this year.
The OS will also be offered to the Open Group to fast track it for standards ratification and a new Web site has just been set up to provide developers with tools and information at www.projectmonterey.com.
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