As expected, IBM has chosen Santa Cruz Operation's UnixWare as the primary operating system to run its Intel-based PC servers. The companies will work jointly on marketing campaigns designed to expand the market for UnixWare on IBM's Intel-based servers and attract more independent software developers to write applications for that platform, company executives said.
SCO's UnixWare allows Unix applications to run on computers with Intel-based processors. IBM also offers its own flavour of Unix, called AIX, which runs on IBM's RISC processor-based machines.
The move by IBM caps a successful year for SC, which has seen its share of the operating systems market escalate as major vendors endorse UnixWare as their preferred version of the Unix operating system.
"In Australia, we are working very closely with Siemens Nixdorf, Data General and Unisys," said Peter Laytham, marketing manager of SCO Australia. Also endorsing SCO UnixWare is Fujitsu/ICL.
"Enterprise customers processing a high volume of transactions and Internet service providers (ISPs) are two major groups driving demand for Intel servers running Unix," Laytham said.
Doug Michels, SCO's executive vice-president and chief technical officer, said ISPs are focused on Unix because of its reliability.
"SCO is late to the ISP market, but we are trying to catch up," Michels said, adding that SCO is making large investments into increasing the number of applications available for the Unix-Intel platform. As the economics of the Intel-servers become more important to Unix-focused ISPs, the IBM-SCO combinations will have a chance at becoming the dominant force in that market, Michels said.
At this point, resellers that want to package Unix applications on Intel machines have some options, among them SCO's UnixWare; Linux, available from Caldera or free over the Internet; and BSD-Unix put out by the University of California.
UnixWare appears to be the most popular, analysts said.
"It seems that SCO is becoming the standard Intel Unix, being blessed by all the major companies," said Mary Hubley, senior analyst with Datapro Information Solutions Group.
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