LAS VEGAS—The SCO Group on Monday announced the rollout of several key components of its SCOx Web services initiative, Eric Hughes, the senior director of product management at SCO, said in his keynote address here on Monday.
SCO is focusing its sights on SCOx, which was designed to help customers more fully utilize the benefits of the latest Internet technologies, Hughes said.
In line with that goal, SCO today announced that it would provide SCOx Business Solutions, SCOx Web services and the SCOx WebFace Solution 4.0 combined with Ericom PowerTerm Host Publisher to create a solution to migrate legacy applications to the Web as well as to integrate service-oriented architectures.
It will also unveil the application programming interfaces (APIs) for both SCOsms Web Services and SCObiz Web Services.
“These pieces all provide critical pieces of the SCOx Application Substrate (SAS), 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 Web Service-enabled functionality for SCO Unix and other operating systems,” Hughes said.
SCO will extend “its winning product advantages over the past year, including high reliability, seamless integration, hardware enhancements and broad application compatibility,” he said. SCOs OpenServer product, which has been in the market for more than a decade and used by companies ranging from Pizza Hut to BMW, will support a plethora of new hardware platforms and devices.
SCOs next major release, code-named Project Legend, will be released in beta at next years SCO Forum event and will be available by the end of that year. It is targeted at new applications and hardware support and aimed at meeting new and growing business scenarios.
“Our objective with Legend is to provide new database, Java and application support as well as new hardware support and expanded security features. We will also improve Windows compatibility and Web support to make these as Web services-enabled as possible,” he said.
Turning to its Unix OS product, UnixWare, Hughes said the next release will incorporate all SCO Updates and expand hardware and security support. It will also be Web Services-enabled and contain additional horizontal services. SCOs update system for its operating system, SCO Update, was delivered over the past year. SCO on Monday also made available its UnixWare Office Mail Server 2.0, now bundled with its UnixWare operating system.
Toolkit for SCO Smallfoot
SCO will release next year a toolkit for its UnixWare OS-based SCO Smallfoot designed for point-of-sale devices.
SCO Authentication was delivered over the past year, and many of SCOs large customers running both Windows and Unix are experiencing complications with the disparate security model for each of them.
Integrating Microsoft Active Directory is complicated, and SCO Authentication 2.1—which shipped on July 15—allows authentication in mixed environments. “This is not a single sign-on solution,” he said.
“It allows AD authentication and provides secure Unix user logins in AD. It provides a single point of administration, with accounts and passwords stored in AD.
“The roadmap for authentication will include additional certifications for broad platform support, including HP-UX and Windows Server 2003. There will be expanded developer, application and platform support,” he said.
SCOs long-term product roadmap will include the release of Unix System 5 release 6, SVR6, the next generation of platform enhancements from SCO, based around the existing SCO operating systems. This will be released by the end of next year and will provide single management and middleware services and allow the development of diversified Web services.
Turning to the upcoming SCO Unix 9, Hughes said this will be the next-generation 64-bit Unix from SCO. It will support the upcoming SVR6-64 bit operating environment and conform to Unix standards.
It will also release SCO Authentication 2.1 for Microsoft Corp.s Active Directory, which has enhanced scalability and now provides support for more than 100,000 users per container within AD. It has greater support for SCO Unix operating systems and also supports both Microsoft Windows 2000 and 2003, Hughes said.