SCO has unveiled a version of its Tarantella Web-enabling software that will allow applications to be delivered online from most types of servers. Tarantella ASP Edition, which made its debut at CeBIT, will compete with Citrix's Metaframe.
Server software supplier SCO believes that Tarantella will boost attempts by datacentres and suppliers to muscle in on the lucrative application service provider market.
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Neil Gardener, product manager at SCO, says this latest version of the company's flagship serverware product will support Windows, mainframe, Unix and Linux applications, among others.
A central feature of the ASP Edition is its ability to Web-enable applications without the need to rewrite them. Gardener says that Tarantella will not require extra software to be added to application servers or to connecting customers.
Tarantella comes with monitoring and billing capabilities. These allow suppliers to track and record every customer's application usage. Tarantella ASP Edition will be available from May.
Licensing and pricing for the ASP Edition will be based on a utility-style, pay-as-you-go model.
SCO in link-up with Unix distributor SuSE
SCO also used CeBIT to announce a partnership with Unix distributor SuSE, to provide Professional Services. According to SCO, Professional Services has been designed to help SuSE's customers and resellers to get started with planning, installation, configuration, and deployment of their new SuSE Linux systems.
David Taylor, vice-president of the SCO Professional Services Division, says, "We feel that our new [professional services] will give SuSE's customers throughout the world the confidence to rapidly deploy their SuSE Linux systems.
SCO is a corporate sponsor of Linux International and says it supports the open source movement. The Unix supplier has alliances with LinuxMall.com, TurboLinux and Caldera.
During the last year SCO introduced new Linux and open source-related professional services. SCO is also involved in raising funds and awareness for the Linux Standard Base (LSB).