SCO Group brings Web services to SMBs

The SCO Group on Wednesday unveiled a new technology framework that it said will enable the development and delivery of Web services applications for the small and medium-size business (SMB) market.

According to the Lindon, Utah-based company, its new SCOx framework still allows customers to implement SCO offerings on-site but new functionality enables users to access applications and services online as well. The company has also used its flagship Linux and Unix technologies as the foundation for the framework and is updating the Linux and Unix offerings to better handle Web services before the framework is rolled out this August, the company said.

Based on industry standards including SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) and XML (Extensible Markup Language), and designed for resellers and developers to bring Web services to the SMB market, SCOx will also allow integration of Web services-enabled applications, including Microsoft Corp.’s .Net and Sun Microsystems Inc.’s SunOne J2EE. The framework also enables applications to integrate with e-business products, including the company’s SCObiz SMB e-commerce technology, allowing customers to share information between traditional applications and e-business servers.

"This is not a radical departure," said Jeff Hunsaker, senior vice-president of worldwide marketing for SCO. "We are taking our traditional OS and advancing the strategy to suit the Web economy, engaging in Web services to allow customers and developers to take their own applications and put them online … to form e-business services."

So far, 2003 has been a rocky year for SCO. In January it hired David Boies, former lead attorney in the U.S.' antitrust case against Microsoft Corp., in an effort to keep its customers and partners in line regarding ownership of its Linux code. The company in March then sued IBM Corp. over alleged illegal actions concerning IBM's Linux business. Hunsaker, however, said SCO remains bullish on the company's direction.

"We are focused on our growth strategy, which includes our SCO Source initiative and protecting our intellectual property, but also focuses on advancing our systems appropriately" he said. "We have always been about simplifying complex technologies for our customers and partners."

SCO has begun deploying parts of its SCOx framework in order for developers to Web services-enable their applications. The company is holding Web seminars for developers to offer more information on the framework. Details can be found at http://www.sco.com/scox. SCO also expects to demonstrate some of the first applications for the SCOx framework this August at its SCO Forum in Las Vegas, where it will officially launch SCOx on a global scale.

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