Tarantella updates software, launches new program

The Santa Cruz Operation, which was recently renamed Tarantella, has released an updated version of its flagship middleware...

The Santa Cruz Operation, which was recently renamed Tarantella, has released an updated version of its flagship middleware product and announced a new partner program.

SCO officially became Tarantella after completing a deal with Caldera International. Caldera took on SCO's professional-services and server-software businesses. Tarantella will focus on developing middleware for connecting server-side applications with various types of client devices.

The Tarantella brand has existed as a unit of SCO for four years and has driven the development of middleware that adds Internet functions to existing software applications. Tarantella claims its software will simplify the linking of server-side applications with any type of client device.

Along with its rebranding, the company announced version 3.1 of its flagship Enterprise 3 software. Tarantella claims that the new software comes with a variety of security tools, printing enhancements and new features for giving users different levels of network access. Version 3.1 has been designed to make it easier to deliver server-based applications to a variety of client devices, allowing, for example, remote users to access applications on the company's network.

For smaller deployments, Tarantella also announced Enterprise 3, Starter for Linux software. The product will be aimed at companies with about 10 to 50 users that run Linux on a relatively small scale and should be ready by late July or August.

Tarantella has also formed a new group called the Tarantella Technology Alliance (TAG) that the company hopes will help set certified standards for different hardware and software combinations. The vendor has drawn the likes of Sun Microsystems, IBM and Compaq Computer to the program. The TAG program is similar to Sun's Sun Tone certification where users can purchase pre-configured servers with certified software already on the machine. The group currently has about 10 members.

Contact Tarantella at http://www.tarantella.com/

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