HOUSTON - Compaq has rubber-stamped the future of Unix with the announcement of a joint marketing agreement with SCO for the next three years and beyond.
The agreement covers joint engineering, service/support and testing, but most significantly, it establishes a multimillion dollar marketing fund between the two companies for the promotion of SCO, Unix and Compaq servers.
Mile Perez, vice president, server products division, for Compaq's enterprise computing group, acknowledged that Compaq also had joint marketing agreements with other companies including Netscape, Novel, Baan, SAP and Microsoft.
Asked where the agreement with SCO leaves Microsoft Windows NT in Compaq's eyes, Perez said: "It leaves NT where it is."
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"This joint marketing contract with SCO gives the channel and customers the widest possible choice of operating environments when they decide to go with Compaq."
"The agreement focuses on us taking technology deeper into the market."
Perez would not elaborate on exactly how large the multimillion dollar agreement with SCO was, but said it will run for an initial period of three years before being reviewed by both parties.
Edwin Adams, senior vice president and general manager, Americas, with SCO, said the deal with Compaq was the first such agreement SCO had reached with a major hardware vendor.