For Immediate Release
Brian Ziel, SCO
SCO Teams with Intel to Accelerate UNIX System Growth and Adoption
Companies Use Uniform Driver Interface to Deliver Common Device
Support Across Multiple UNIX Operating Systems
SANTA CRUZ, CA (16 September, 1998) - In a move aimed at accelerating the growth
of UNIX systems on Intel processor-based servers, SCO (NASDAQ:SCOC) today announced its
support of Intel Corporation's adoption of the Uniform
Driver Interface (UDI) as a standard device interface. In addition, Intel will work with
SCO and Project UDI, to port UDI to the Linux
operating system and distribute as freeware.
UDI allows device drivers to be portable across both hardware platforms and operating
systems without any changes to the driver source. This significantly lowers the cost of
driver development, speeds time-to-market of new devices, and allows manufacturers to
allocate development resource on improving device performance, features and functionality.
SCO held the first public demonstration of this technology at SCO Forum98 last month,
running the same driver under the SCO
OpenServer, SCO UnixWare 2, UnixWare 7, and
the Hewlett-Packard HP-UX operating systems.
UDI is a specification backed by multiple UNIX system providers, including Compaq, HP, IBM, NCR, SCO, and Sun Microsystems, as well as leading companies such as
Adaptec, Interphase Corporation and Lockheed Martin. SCO was instrumental in proving the
UDI concept and driving the formation of a multi-company, joint development effort to
produce a prototype UDI environment implementation and sample drivers. This project, based
on core code provided by SCO, resulted in working UDI implementations on seven different
"Standardization in this industry is what drives up the performance and innovation
curves," said Ray Anderson, SCO's senior vice president, Marketing. "Intel's
support of UDI as a standard means that all UNIX OS vendors can use a common device driver
on all Intel platforms. SCO and Intel will strongly support the movement to standardize
the use of UDI for all UNIX platforms on Intel, which we believe will generate even more
momentum for the already exploding UNIX on Intel market."
"Accelerating the deployment of UNIX on Intel-based servers is an important element
in the growth of the standard high volume server model and in bringing price/performance
advantages to the reliable, available and scalable benefits of UNIX," said John
Miner, Intel vice president and general manager, Enterprise Server Group. "SCO and
Project UDI have already made a great deal of progress in defining a common framework and
Intel is doing its part to deliver it to the industry."
Cost savings is among the many benefits of UDI by reducing a company's time and resources
in developing and testing of drivers. Independent research firm, International Data Corporation (IDC), recognizes this as a
substantial benefit for developers and end-users.
"Having a standard device driver infrastructure may result in significant savings to
end-user organizations and developers alike," said Dan Kusnetzky, program director
for International Data Corporation's operating environments and serverware programs.
"If an end-user organization could reduce the staffing required to install and
maintain its server software by only one person, that could result in a three quarter of a
million dollars savings over five years. If a developer was able to support a broad number
of systems with less system testing and fewer engineers doing testing, the savings could
stack up to be even more."
UDI for Open Source Community
SCO strongly supports the growth of standards-based computing and encouragement of open
systems development. SCO, with Intel and Project UDI, will support the open source
community by working to ensure that UDI works on the Linux operating system.
Anderson continued, "The Linux and open source movements are powerful forces in the
industry that are creating a huge resurgence in the interest in the UNIX System. It helps
to bring the community together again and with UDI available on the Linux system, their
developers can use the latest UNIX devices and peripherals on the market."
UDI isolates drivers from operating system policies, as well as platform and I/O bus
dependencies. This allows driver development to be totally independent of OS development.
In addition, the UDI architecture insulates drivers from platform specifics such as
byte-ordering, DMA implications, multi-processing, interrupt implementations and I/O bus
topologies. More information on Project UDI is available at http://www.sco.com/UDI
SCO is the world's number one provider of UNIX operating systems, and the leading
provider of network computing software that enables clients of all kinds - including
PCs, graphical terminals, and NCs - to have Webtop access to business-critical
applications running on servers of all kinds. SCO designed Tarantella software,
the world's first application broker for network computing. SCO sells and supports
its products through a worldwide network of distributors, resellers, systems
integrators, and OEMs. For more information, see SCO's WWW
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