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.”
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