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Caldera Creates New Business Line

Caldera International Inc., appearing to make headway in its strategy to bring Linux to the enterprise, Monday announced the formation of a new business line and a deal to implement its UnixWare 7 with Linux Kernel Personality (LKP) technology for Canada's largest network of retail pharmacies.

The company is merging its four international services practices -- Product Support, Education, Professional Services, and On-Line Services (including Volution Online) -- to create the Services Business Line, focusing on providing small-to-medium businesses, replicated sites and vertical markets with enterprise class service for Linux and UNIX solutions.

"Caldera understands that customers need enterprise quality services around Linux before they complete full enterprise deployment projects," said Reg Broughton, senior vice president and general manager, Services Business Line, Caldera. "With all services in one business unit, Caldera can streamline and customize our offerings to meet the business critical requirements of partners and customers worldwide, empowering them to confidently deploy Caldera Linux and Unix solutions."

The new business line will offer services ranging from full-blown management of large-scale projects and programs to online software management subscription services.

Meanwhile, the complementary Platform Business Line is making strides of its own with Canada's Shoppers Drug Mart, which plans to implement Caldera's UnixWare 7 with LKP technology, running the SilverStream Application Server, Linux release. Caldera said Shoppers Drug Mart will deploy the technology in more than 800 stores beginning in the second quarter of 2002.

Shoppers Drug Mart wanted to maintain its existing UnixWare infrastructure, but needed additional technology for corporate applications. Caldera said its combination of a Linux solution on a UNIX platform allowed it to fulfill both requirements.

"This installation supports Caldera's position as a leader in providing real solutions for real business needs," said Biff Traber, senior vice president, Platform Business Line, Caldera. "Combining the best of two worlds -- the heritage of UNIX and the momentum of Linux -- provides a tremendous benefit to organizations such as Shoppers Drug Mart that need the stability, scalability and customization to run a network that literally spans a nation. With our release of Open UNIX 8 this summer, Caldera is making that integration of technologies even easier to implement."

Open UNIX 8 incorporates the LKP technology into the UnixWare 7 kernel, allowing Linux applications to be deployed on top of the Unix kernel. Shoppers Drug Mart plans to upgrade to Open UNIX 8 after it has certified the SilverStream technology via the Linux application layer, Caldera said.

SilverStream Application Server enables the development and deployment of a range of store-based applications under UnixWare 7, and Shoppers Drug Mart plans to make it a core component of its corporate environment.

The Orem, Utah-based Caldera made the announcements from the floor of Caldera Forum 2001, a trade show it is hosting at the University of California, Santa Cruz.