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SCO Pushes Web Service platform

SCO Group turned on a marketing blitz at its SCO Forum conference in Las Vegas Monday, hoping to spread the word of advancements with its SCOx Web services initiative. But at the same time, two of SCO's heaviest-hitting announced sponsors seemed to distance themselves from the event.

SCO pushed forward with SCOx Monday with the release of new components for the SCOx Application Substrate (SAS), which SCO calls "the foundation for building next-generation business solutions."

The new components include SCOx WebFace Solution Suite 4.0, Ericom PowerTerm Host Publisher, SCOsms Web Services (APIs) and SCObiz Web services (APIs).

The WebFace Solution Suite consists of WebFace Browser Application Platform and WebFace Studio, and is intended to ease the task of Web service-enabling applications and SCO operating system services. PowerTerm Host Publisher, rolled into SAS through a deal with Ericom, works with WebFace to offer a tool for legacy migration.

"Earlier this year, we announced our intent to create a technology framework for integrating Web services into our operating systems -- as an overall growth strategy for our company," SCO CEO and President Darl McBride said. "The SCOx initiative is now beginning to take shape as we work with partners and our own team to assemble integrated components for SAS."

SCO also offers support components and toolkits specifically designed for its OpenServer and UnixWare operating systems, including additions and updates for Apache and Tomcat, XML parsers, and toolkits for SOAP programming in C/C++, Java, PHP and Perl.

The company said forthcoming SAS components will address security, orchestration and encapsulation.

The firm also took the opportunity Monday to announce the release of SCO Authentication 2.1 for Microsoft Active Directory and UnixWare Office Mail Server 2.0.

SCO said the new version of SCO Authentication for Microsoft Active Directory provides updated security, platform support and scalability. It now supports more than 100,000 users per container within Active Directory, automatic failover to backup domain controllers, multi-domain support and time synchronization. Additionally, SCO said the product now supports SCO OpenServer 5.0.6 and 5.0.7 and SCO UnixWare 7.1.1 to 7.1.3, as well as Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003.

The new version of Office Mail Server improves the product's support for Microsoft Outlook, utilizing a new version of the Office Mail Connector for Microsoft Outlook, providing compatibility for sharing email, calendars, discussion groups, address books and tasks.

While SCO sought to talk up new components for SCOx and the other new products, both Intel and Hewlett-Packard seem to have downplayed their announced marquee roles at the conference.

In the seventh issue of its SCO Regional Newsletter for 2003, the company trumpeted, "Keynote speakers will include CEO Darl McBride as well as executives from major event sponsors such as HP and Intel. SCO expects up to 1,000 attendees at this year's conference."

But Intel's name has disappeared from the conference's sponsor list. According to eWeek, McBride said that SCO began advertising Intel as the lead sponsor of the event before the deal was completed, but the deal fell through. While HP did not sever ties -- it still sponsored the Sunday night welcome reception at the MGM Grand, according to eWeek -- the keynote scheduled for an HP executive was taken over by Maggie Alexander, vice president of Progress Software.