Vultus Deal Bolsters SCOs Web Services Strategy

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-07-22 Print this article Print

SCO purchases Vultus, whose WebFace Solution Suite will become a core component of SCOx, a framework geared to bring SMBs to the world of Web services.

The SCO Group is beefing up its Web services offerings with the acquisition of Vultus Inc. and its WebFace Solution Suite. SCO, which is suing IBM for more than $1 billion in a contract dispute and which maintains that Linux is an unauthorized derivative of Unix, on Tuesday said it has acquired Vultus assets, engineering personnel and technology, which will become a core component of SCOx, the formation of which was first exclusively reported by eWEEK. SCOx is a framework geared at bringing SCOs developers, resellers and small-to-medium business (SMB) customers running SCO Unix and Linux to the world of Web services.
SCO WebFace Solution Suite, as the Vultus product will now be known, is a Web application development environment that allows customers to create and deploy applications in a browser without the need for installed plug-ins or Java. It is built on SCOs Unix operating system, e-business services, and industry standards like XML, SOAP and UDDI.
SCO Vice President Jeff Hunsaker said the suite and SCOx will provide the tools and foundation to allow partners to migrate legacy systems to the Web, integrate service-oriented architectures and build next-generation applications in a Web services framework. As such, the acquisition of Vultus professional services team responsible for the complex Web application migration, integration and development components was an important part of the deal, he said. "This is an important step in bringing together a Web services framework that we can provide to our customers, particularly as SCO is targeting Web services as a platform for growth. We look forward to introducing many of these technologies at our SCO Forum in Las Vegas next month," Hunsaker said. The Vultus acquisition comes just a day after SCO called for business users of Linux to pay for UnixWare licenses that would indemnify them against past copyright violations and allow them to use Linux in a run-time, binary format. SCO on Monday also expanded its attack on Linux and is now claiming for the first time that Linux users are violating its Unix copyrights, particularly as SCO has now registered and received U.S. copyright for its Unix System V source code. "The case started off as a contract dispute with IBM and did not involve intellectual property or copyright. As of today its a different game, and Linux users now do have a copyright issue to deal with," SCO CEO and President Darl McBride told a media teleconference on Monday.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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