SCO Web Services Strategy Targets SMBs

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2003-04-30 Print this article Print

New strategy includes a framework known as SCOx that is geared at bringing SCO's developers, resellers and SMB customers running SCO Unix and Linux to the world of Web services.

The SCO Group Inc. Wednesday announced its new Web services strategy including a framework known as SCOx that is geared at bringing SCOs developers, resellers and small-to-medium (SMB) business customers running SCO Unix and Linux to the world of Web services. The Lindon, Utah-based operating systems and business solutions company said the majority of the components in the SCOx framework will be available by the time the company showcases the technology at its annual conference, SCO Forum, in Las Vegas in mid-August. SCO officials said the SCOx framework provides a gradual and smooth transition to Web services, allowing users to integrate their existing SCO-based applications, as well as other Web services-enabled applications—such as Microsoft Corp.s .Net and Java 2 Enterprise Edition application server-based applications—into the Web services environment.
Eric Hughes, SCOs director of product management, said, "Our Web services strategy is not an abrupt change in direction but a continuation of what weve done over the years."
SCO officials said more than 4,000 applications run on SCOs operating environments, including several vertical markets and SMBs. By Web services enabling its operating system functions, SCO will enable users to maintain a Web front end to legacy applications, as well as application-to-application integration, Hughes said. "This will help our customers get online and join the e-business economy and deliver best-of-breed applications," he said. SCO said the company has built a Web services layer above its operating systems that consists of application programming interfaces, a set of libraries, Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and XML support, additional security and metering capabilities into its new SCOx framework. In addition, SCO is providing a set of tools to make up a software development kit for building Web services applications.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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