Tarantella Web apps target ASPs

SCO subsidiary Tarantella is targeting ASPs and large enterprises with two editions of its Tarantella software. The upgrade will...

SCO subsidiary Tarantella is targeting ASPs and large enterprises with two editions of its Tarantella software. The upgrade will allow users to Web-enable back-end systems for large numbers of end-users, writes Antony Adshead

Vice-president of marketing for Tarantella, Peter Bondar, said, "A user, such as BMW, employs Tarantella to not only host specific applications within the enterprise, but also to allow dial-up access by employees who can access their desktops remotely, or partner companies with permission to access parts databases or other types of data." Other prominent users include Deutsche Telekom, Nortel and Chase Manhattan Bank.

"Tarantella is positioned against Citrix in the market. However, Citrix is a department-level product whereas Tarantella is scaled up for enterprise-level working. The advantage it has is that it is platform independent, being able to talk to different servers - AS/400, VAX, Unix, and so on," he added.

Analyst Mat Hanrahan of Bloor Research said, "Tarantella has wider platform support than its closest competitor - Citrix - but what is interesting in this announcement is the release of an ASP edition."

Enterprise 3 and Enterprise 3 ASP editions are touted as having a new architecture which allows better load balancing, session handling and larger arrays with simpler administrator functionality. The software gives secure access from any client and can be used to create corporate information portals where each user has a personalised desktop or "Webtop" which gives them access to a personal set of resources.

It is claimed that up to four times as many concurrent users can be supported which amounts to up to 1,000 users per server, with the possibility of combining up to 50 servers in a single array.

The software runs all major Unix and Linux operating systems.

This was last published in October 2000

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