MUA SCOs with Tarantella

With network software company SCO announcing last week it was selling its less-profitable arms to Caldera Systems, local executives this week added MUA as a distributor of its retained Tarantella technology.

This follows the appointment of Express Data to a similar arrangement a week earlier.

Both MUA and Express Data are already SCO distributors, but the vendor had always managed Tarantella as a separate entity, which was previously distributed in Australia by Memorex Telex, acquired by NCR in March.

According to Paul McQuarrie, managing director of MUA, MemTel got out of Tarantella after the acquisition. Access to the product will benefit MUA's reseller community, particularly those focusing on developing and implementing enterprise solutions for their customers, he added.

"Tarantella allows a good high-speed Unix-based application to be available to anyone with a browser and an Internet connection anywhere in the world," McQuarrie said. "This product creates a whole new list of opportunities for our resellers."

McQuarrie said that any reseller with basic Unix or similar database experience will be able to resell the product and there are no accreditation costs or ongoing fees to do so.

"We are seeing special interest from our Caldera resellers who see a combination of Caldera OpenLinux and Tarantella as a key solution platform," McQuarrie added.

MUA is a long-time SCO partner and we look forward to MUA's assistance in driving Tarantella into the SME space," Kieran O'Shaughnessy, regional general manager for SCO Pacific, said.

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