From: Jan Tarzia <j...@sco.COM>
Subject: SCO Unleashes Most Advanced Server Technology for the Intel Platform
Sender: ed...@xenitec.on.ca (Ed Hew)
Organization: The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.
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SCO UNLEASHES MOST ADVANCED SERVER TECHNOLOGY FOR THE INTEL PLATFORM
New SVR5 UNIX Kernel to Deliver Unprecedented Levels of Performance,
Reliability, Scalability, Capacity, and Support for Network Computing
SCO FORUM97, Santa Cruz, CA (August 18, 1997) - SCO (NASDAQ:SCOC), the
undisputed volume leader in the UNIX server market, today unveiled its
next-generation System V Release 5 (SVR5) UNIX kernel technology, as well as
plans for its first SVR5-based products to be released at the end of the
The new SVR5 kernel technology will deliver Intel customers unprecedented
levels of performance, reliability, scalability, and capacity. Products
based on the SVR5 technology will form the underpinnings of revolutionary
Network Computing environments and cost-effective, enterprise-level
SCO also announced the availability of a beta version of their
next-generation UnixWare operating system - originally code-named Gemini -
based on the SVR5 technology. SCO will release a full range of products
based on the SVR5 technology starting at the end of 1997, under the UnixWare
The next-generation UnixWare systems based on the new SVR5 kernel technology
will also deliver a state-of-the-art network user interface (NUI) that
provides access to all applications and system functions from virtually ANY
device, demonstrating conclusively that Network Computing has become a
"Today another landmark was achieved in the 30 year history of the UNIX
operating system," said Doug Michels, executive vice president and CTO of
SCO. "We have designed the most technologically advanced and feature-rich
kernel that this industry has ever seen, period. We have laid the foundation
for the next generation of UNIX operating systems and aimed squarely at
delivering the best servers for network computing. The products that we will
introduce over the coming years that are based on the SVR5 kernel will
provide our customers with a direct path to the upcoming 64-bit platforms."
Michels continued, "Not only does the SVR5 technology drive SCO's lead in
scalability, performance and Network Computing further ahead, it also has
the advantage of supporting the thousands of enterprise UNIX applications
developed on earlier SCO UNIX kernels including UnixWare 2.x, OpenServer
Release 5, and SCO's older SVR4 used by Sun as the base for Solaris 2.6."
System V Release 5
The SVR5 kernel technology is optimized for high-powered enterprise
computing, server-centric Network Computing, and to immediately support the
most business critical applications in the world. The superior design of the
SVR5 kernel includes dramatic enhancements in overall performance, capacity,
scalability, and reliability while providing a smooth migration to future
64-bit systems. SCO has focused development efforts in several key areas:
* Breakneck Performance: SVR5 customers will realize a 250% increase in
network performance over current SVR4 releases, which is the base for SCO's
existing SCO UnixWare 2.x and Sun Solaris 2.x products. Technology
enhancements designed for ccNUMA systems have significantly improved overall
system performance and efficiency. This includes improved process
synchronization and scheduling, as well as system memory management. The
SVR5 kernel also features support for I2O, Intel's new intelligent I/O
specification, improving overall system throughput.
* Unparalleled Capacity and Scalability: The SVR5 kernel reaches new levels
of memory and storage support for the Intel platform, including up to
64Gbytes of main memory, up to 1Tbyte file and file systems, and 512 logical
disks. These improvements in memory support allow customers to scale systems
based on SVR5 technology from small business, mail, Web, application, and
file and print servers up through to large scale enterprise systems
supporting thousands of users.
* Superior Reliability and Availability: SVR5 technology has extended SCO's
lead in Intel server clustering. It has been designed to support clustering
architectures that include server failover and ccNUMA.
The SVR5 technology provides built-in device failover capabilities with a
technology called Multi-path I/O. It also features support for Compaq's PCI
Hot Plug, allowing "hot" swapping of faulty adapter cards without downtime
to the system.
* 64-bit Technology: The SVR5 kernel includes support for 64-bit file
systems and implements 64-bit libraries, commands and APIs. SVR5 compilers
also support 64-bit APIs and will enable developers to quickly develop
64-bit applications using standard SCO tools for Intel's Merced processors.
New Server Solutions Based on SVR5
At the end of 1997, SCO will begin releasing a series of products based on
the new SVR5 technologies that will fall under SCO's UnixWare banner.
Specific product names, configurations, and pricing will be announced as
systems are released. These products will include a series of improvements
tightly integrated into the operating system to take advantage of network
computing environments, including:
* Greater Usability: The new UnixWare systems based on the SVR5 technology
will feature Java-based administration and support for a Webtop interface,
greatly reducing the complexity of using and administering the system. They
will also feature CDE, the standard graphical interface for UNIX systems.
* Cutting-edge Application Management: The new UnixWare systems include
SCO's breakthrough Tarantella technology, providing improved access and
management to all existing applications over the network from virtually any
* Complete Java Support: SCO has optimized the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) to
offer exceptional performance and to exploit the scalability of the SVR5
kernel. The Java Development Kit and JVM are included to enable development
of Java applications and applets on current and future SCO platforms.
Michael Pope, Director of Enterprise Server Programs at Intel Corporation,
said, "With these significant enhancements to their next-generation
operating systems, SCO has provided a seamless migration path for OpenServer
and UnixWare customers along with a new level of enterprise features and
functionality. The new SVR5-based UnixWare products will take maximum
advantage of increased computing power of the current and next-generation
Full SCO OpenServer and SCO UnixWare Compatibility
The SCO OpenServer system - currently the volume UNIX system leader and the
SCO flagship product for small to medium businesses - will be sustained by
SCO through a series of releases, hardware updates, and feature
enhancements. SCO has made SVR5 binary compatible with all existing SCO
UnixWare, SVR4, and SCO OpenServer applications, providing customers and
partners with a painless transition to systems based on the SVR5 technology.
SCO is the world's leading supplier of UNIX server operating systems, and a
leading provider of client-integration software that integrates Windows PCs
and other clients with UNIX servers from all major vendors. SCO is committed
to bringing the Internet Way of Computing to business-critical environments
of all sizes. SCO Business Critical Servers run the critical, day-to-day
operations of large branch organizations in retail, finance, telecom, and
government, as well as corporate departments and small to medium-sized
businesses of every kind. SCO sells and supports its products through a
worldwide network of distributors, resellers, systems integrators, and OEMs.
For more information, see SCO's WWW home page at http://www.sco.com.
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