SCO Execs Tout Web Services

At the SCO Forum, company officials talked up its SCOx Application Substrate and preached the gospel of interoperability.

LAS VEGAS— The SCO Group Inc. wants a piece of the Web-services pie. To make the cut, its officials are working to build the same business case for Web services as established players such as Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp.

There are three powerful forces combining to change the computing landscape—ubiquitous network connectivity; the mass adoption of communication standards; and the convergence of operating systems—Scott Lemon, chief architect for SCOs SCOx Web services initiative, said here on Tuesday morning

Lemon told attendees during his keynote speech on the second day of the SCO Forum 2003 event that operating systems provide a powerful level of abstraction beyond processors and hardware. "There has also been a massive consolidation of operating systems, with just a few dominant players now, from Windows to Unix and the Mac OS and Linux, both of which are variants of Unix," he said.

Operating systems are also becoming increasingly homogenous, languages have become more cross-platform, and higher-level abstractions have emerged above the operating system.

"This allows for the creation of a new substrate that exists above the operating system and ... where you can rapidly create applications. ... SCOx is a foundation on which next-generation solutions will be built," he said.


The SCOx Application Substrate (SAS) is a foundation for building next-generation business solutions as well as combining SCOs own Web services software components and products with partner technologies to create new capabilities for SCO Unix and other operating systems, Lemon said. SAS fully embraces Web services standards, Lemon said, and will provide a set of manual and automated tools to simplify the assembly of applications. It will also be completely interoperable with the other environments from Sun, IBM, Microsoft and other developers. "We really want to alter the way people are developing to our platform," he said.

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