Software company SCO still believes it will be the last Unix vendor left standing in the Intel market when the smoke clears from the operating system shoot out - a belief furthered by a scaled up release of Unixware this week.
Speaking at Cebit today, Doug Michels, chief executive and president at SCO, said Unixware 7.1 Datacentre edition is the most powerful version of its software yet. Combined with the new eight processor Intel servers coming to market, version 7.1 will take SCO far into the high end Unix marketplace.
"We are seeing the advent of volume economics moving into the data centre market," claimed Michels.
Competitors and analysts have suggested that SCO's most realistic chance of dominating the Unix market, even on Intel, is through IBM, with its operating system becoming something akin to 'AIXware', rather than remaining as a SCO driven product.
But Michel's is confident, claiming Unixware has a more than 50 per cent share of the Unix market and is the chosen software for Intel server vendors.
"One Unix per processor architecture will survive. That has always been the answer for Unix and on Intel we intend to be it," he said.
Last October the two companies, along with Sequent, announced Project Monterey, sharing development on an operating system joining features of AIX and Unixware, to run on Intel's IA-64 processor architecture.
The initial version of the operating system is on a simulator now, with the kernel expected to be ready around June, said an IBM representative. In the second half of this year AIX features would start appearing in Unixware, he added. Unixware PTX, the halfway house operating system from Sequent before Monterey, is also due in the second half of 1999.
Dan Kusnetzky, director at analyst company IDC, said Unixware was the fastest growing Unix product last year, at 58.5 per cent increase in shipments compared to the overall Unix market at 12.5 per cent and even Windows NT at 27.2 per cent growth.
"Last year's figures shoot down the idea that Unix is dying. It's growing very nicely thank you," he said, but noted that further consolidation was still certain amongst vendors.
Unixware 7.1 can run up to 32 CPUs per server, 32Gbyte of memory, up to six node clustering and is, what the company describes as, 64-bit ready. However, SCO will not have a true 64-bit operating system until Monterey is completed.
This new version comes with event logging and querying, plus browser based administration. Datacentre edition is priced in the US at $9,999. It also released an Enterprise Edition, with more limited features but at half the cost.
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