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SCO updates messaging

The Unix server software maker rolls out its latest enterprise messaging server for Intel-based computer systems.

Santa Cruz Operation (SCO) today rolled out its latest enterprise messaging server for Intel-based computer systems.

The Unix server software maker said its new messaging server targets the IT management market looking for an all-in-one product that interoperates with other existing systems within the business.

"These are the people managing enormous, disparate systems who are looking to simplify their environment," Ray Anderson, SCO's senior vice president of marketing, said in a statement.

The package is based on the company's recently released operating system dubbed UnixWare 7.0, which taps the power of Intel's upcoming 64-bit Merced microprocessor. With the power of that chip, SCO's software can manage the business information loads of medium-sized companies or large departments and markets where they compete, the company said.

"By tightly integrating Netscape's messaging and directory server software with UnixWare 7.0, SCO has designed a low-cost, powerful, and flexible system that enables customers to act as enterprise service providers delivering information sharing and communication services across intranets and extranets," John Paul, senior vice president and general manager of the Server Product division of Netscape, said in a statement.

Despite the tight integration with Netscape software, Sanjay Manchanda, product manager of marketing for UnixWare, said the messaging package will work with any client software that supports IMAP3 and POP3 Internet messaging standards.

"In the past, we have had a 'send mail' feature, and still do," he explained. Now with this version, "we are Web-based and Internet ready."

The SCO writes operating systems based on the Unix software standard. Its products manage the basic functions of computers and serve as the foundation for other software such as word processing, financial analysis, and engineering programs.

Up until the launch of its enterprise operating system UnixWare 7.0 in March, SCO's specialty was writing Unix software for desktop PCs and low-end server systems. Because of the limitations of Intel's microprocessors, it could not enter the more lucrative market of writing software for high-end servers, the powerful computers that manage the flow of traffic through big computer networks.

Priced at $2,295, SCO's UnixWare 7 Messaging Edition ships with 50 mail licenses and supports 4GB of RAM and 2 CPUs, which are expandable to 64GB of RAM and 32 CPUs. The product also incorporates key server and client software from Netscape's Messaging Server 3.5, Directory Server 3.0, FastTrack server, and Netscape Communicator 4.0 for its client. The messaging package also supports a host of Internet standards including LDAP version 3 (lightweight directory access protocol).