SCO OpenServer Release 6 Sales Guide

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OpenServer 6 — Built on Four Key Cornerstones

SCO OpenServer 6: Built for Productivity

Improve Employee Productivity Throughout Your Business

Companies invest in IT solutions to improve speed, communication and productivity throughout their business. Not only do the systems administrators need solutions that are easy to manage, deploy and support, but the businesses employees need the tools necessary to improve their own productivity. Employees need powerful solutions that are easy to use.

SCO OpenServer Release 6 contains many features that help make your business and employees more productive. SCO OpenServer Release 6 enables greater productivity for both administrators and users through enhanced capabilities in system management, performance and ease of use.

SCO has made great strides in bringing together key features and benefits that customers have asked for. Specifically, multi-threaded, pre-emptive kernel for the latest application support, an optional graphical user interface and feel and larger file support (now up to 1 Terabyte).

By incorporating the power of the SVR5 kernel technology into OpenServer 6, SCO now gives OpenServer customers dramatic speed and performance improvements while also increasing memory and processor support. SCO OpenServer 6 brings powerful, new UNIX technology to the small and medium-sized business.

Key Productivity Features

Here are some of the key features that enhance business productivity:

Multi-Threaded Kernel. By incorporating SVR5 technology into OpenServer Release 6, this kernel now has support for more modern applications.

Large File Support. OpenServer Release 6 now includes large file support (up to 1 Terabyte) that enables it to drive more modern and powerful applications.

Speed & Performance. The SVR5 kernel enhancements in OpenServer 6 have produced dramatic improvements in speed and performance. Some OpenServer applications are reporting a 400% speed improvement with version 6.

Multi Processor Support. OpenServer 6 has increased multi processor support from 4 to 32 processors enabling it to take advantage of the power of more modern and up to date hardware. SVR6 is a hardened kernel that runs on low cost, industry standard servers and is capable of near-linear scaling as resources are added to the system

Increased Memory Support. Memory support increases from 4 GB to 64 GB in OpenServer 6. This enables the product to run and support more powerful applications and hardware. (16GB for General Purpose memory (ie. memory that can be used normally by the entire system and all applications) and up to 64GB as Dedicated Memory is supported (ie. an additional 48GB is available to be used by an application only if it is specially coded to do so via the Shared Memory (SHM) or Dynamic Shared Memory (DSHM) libraries).

Support for Async I/0. AIO enables even a single application thread to overlap disk read/write operations with other processing thereby allowing useful work to be done while IO is occurring in the background. This technology has been improved in OpenServer 6.

Dynamic Loadable Drivers. Drivers can now be loaded or unloaded on a running system with no reboot required. This allows hot plug of new peripherals such as a tape drive and dynamically loading the driver without rebooting the system.

Includes KDE and XDT3 Desktops. With the addition of KDE, OpenServer 6 now has a modern, full-featured desktop, enabling a greater ease of use . KDE also allows for support of a wide range of applications that are written for the KDE environment.

Hot-Plug Memory Support. With OpenServer 6 you can now add additional memory into the system without a system reboot.


Fibrechannel based SAN Support. OpenServer 6 now comes with Fibrechannel based SAN support for HP MSA 1000 systems. SCO supports QLogic Fibre Channel 22xx/23xx controllers.

Journaling File System. To ensure data integrity in the event of a system crash, Journaling enables an IT professional to secure information. Journaling performance is improved in OpenServer 6.

SCOAdmin GUI Interface. These tools continue from version 5.0.7 for ease and consistency in administration.


Hardware RAID Support. SCO OpenServer 6 will support the following RAID systems: Adaptec RAID controllers, HP/Compaq RAID controllers, Intel Intelligent RAID, LSI MegaRAID and LSI Fusion-MPT RAID.


USB Printer Support. SCO OpenServer 6 now supports USB printers.

SAS for HP Proliant Servers. Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) for HP Proliant Products is introduced in OpenServer 6.   SAS is the next generation of host controllers, and will replace slower parallel technologies, as well as control for the first time both Serial ATA, and Serial Attached SCSI hard drives.

DVD Backup Support. With OpenServer 6, businesses can now utilize DVD backup systems enabling faster and more cost effective backup of valuable data.


Supports UnixWare ® 7.1.4 Applications. With the SVR5 kernel technology imbedded in OpenServer 6, UnixWare applications are supported now in OpenServer 6 as well. This enables customers to take advantage of many applications previously only available on UnixWare.

SCO OpenServer 6: Built for Security

Run Your Business on the Most Secure Operating System for UNIX-on-Intel

Security is a must in today’s business world where personal identities are stolen almost daily and viruses constantly attempt to invade business operations. Businesses are built on reliability and stability. SCO customersrely on SCO’s UNIX platform to provide the high-level of security needed in a demanding, fast transaction business. Businesses need systems that are always up and always responsive, and they demand a level of security able to meet customer demands. SCO OpenServer Release 6 includes new features and improvements that make it the most dependable UNIX-on-Intel platform available on the market with an average MTBSF (Mean Time Between System Failures) at an amazing 20,000 hours! (Note: tested on SVR5, not Legend at this point)

SCO OpenServer Release 6 improves on many technologies introduced in SCO OpenServer 5.0.7. With Release 6, security of the server, protection from vulnerability to attack, protection of data, and secure flow of data to and from the server continue as hallmarks for which SCO UNIX is known.

Key Security Features

Here are some of the key features responsible for the increased security of SCO OpenServer Release 6:

IPsec. Encrypts all TCP/IP packets for security as well as implements Virtual Private Network (VPN) functionality.

OpenSSH and OpenSSL. These network protocols allow for logging into and executing commands on a remote computer. It provides secure encrypted communications between two untrusted hosts over an insecure network.

Ipfilter for Firewall and NAT Functionality. Ipfilter technology allows OpenServer 6 to be configured as a firewall server.

20,000 Hours Mean Time Between System Stops (MTBSS). No other operating system has the reliability of UNIX, and the SVR5 kernel in SCO OpenServer has an astounding 20,000 hours of MTBSSgiving customers constant up-time.

Kernel Privileges. The SVR5 kernel provides a fine grain privilege mechanism. Using fine grain privileges from UnixWare 7, the system can grant a subset of root powers to binaries allowing them to achieve specific objectives without exposing the system to potential abuse/exploits.

Auditing of Events. Auditing allows the system administrator to record system events in a log and play back the audit trail to determine who did what and when.

Supports NFS v3 with TCP Network File System (NFS) is an industry standard protocol for sharing files across networks. NFS v3 primarily adds support for large files and NFS over the TCP protocol.

Encrypted File System and Archives. This file system encrypts data stored on the disk. The data can then be de-crypted using private keys.


Emergency Recovery CD and DVD Support. Emergency recovery allows the system administrator to create bootable CD-ROMS for disaster recovery.

SCO OpenServer 6: Built for Agility

Businesses evolve with changing technologies. As new technologies are developed, businesses can improve their performance and profit. At SCO, we have been listening to customers needs and developing new technologies to adapt to the changing way in which businesses and IT managers run their business. Businesses today need instant information on new, mobile devices and clients. Stronger business collaboration tools enable business managers to make more intelligent decisions at a faster pace. With the increasing mobile nature of business, strong server support is necessary to serve up instant information to a mobile workforce.

SCO OpenServer 6 has the framework and enabling technologies that allows it to serve information to mobile devices. New, mobile computing applications allow wireless clients to connect to corporate data such as the Human Resource database, real-time financial reports for real-time decision making as well as allowing the critical functions of existing applications to be exported to these devices. OpenServer 6 provides a foundation to web enable applications. With additional SCO products, mobile access to OpenServer applications is easy.

OpenServer 6 connects clients like PDA’s, smart phones and other han dhelds to the corporate backbone. It also provides support for provisioning and deploying Applications on mobile devices. OpenServer 6 includes security management tools for wireless device connectivity and allows system administrators to monitor the health of their systems and mission critical applications while on the move.

SCO OpenServer 6 incorporates new capabilities for flexibility and agile business computing:

Apache version 1.3. OpenServer 6 includes the popular open source Apache web server which has been updated in OpenServer 6.

Mozilla 1.7 and Java Plug-in’s. Release 6 now includes the 1.7 release of the popular Mozilla internet browser.

KDE Desktop. For those customers interested in a new, graphical interface with OpenServer 6, KDE has now been included.

Tomcat. Tomcat enables OpenServer 6 to run and display Java applets. Tomcat is an open source implementation of JavaServer Pages & Java Servlets. JSP and Java Servlets are the web presentation layer in Java 2.

Centrino Wireless Technology. Centrino is an Intel wireless technology standard supported by SCO. With this new technology included in OpenServer 6, laptops now have fully integrated wireless LAN capability without the need of a wireless plug-in card for excellent mobile performance.


PRISM Technology. A wireless hardware chipset standard supported by SCO. OpenServer 6 supports a myriad of wireless devices that are PRISM based enabling more wireless networking capabilities.

SCO File & Print Server with Samba 3.0.13.

MySQL Database. UNIX customers are ever increasingly looking for database alternatives. MySQL, a good, and cost-effective alternative to other popular databases is included with OpenServer 6 with support also available.

Postgresql Database. Postgresql is also included for customers looking for alternative database solutions with SCO UNIX.


Supports Virtualization Languages - PHP & Perl. OpenServer 6 includes popular development tools including Perl and PHP


Web Services Substrate (WSS). WSS enables an ISV application to take advantage of web services technology which gives much greater agility for an application to be mobile. (Available post FCS)

SCO OpenServer 6: Built to Protect Your Investment

SCO recognizes the significant investment companies make in their hardware and software IT solutions. With a large number of small businesses running SCO UNIX, a long ROI is imperative. With SCO OpenServer 6 businesses have significant investment protection including the ability to expand the computing environment, scalability (both up and out), support for large file systems to handle growth of business data, as well as forward binary compatibility all the way back to Xenix.

SCO OpenServer 6 provides the following benefits for investment protection:

Single Certification for Applications and Drivers. Now, with OpenServer 6, an ISV can develop to either UnixWare 7.1.4 or OpenServer 6 and certify on both. With the kernel now the same, applications and drivers can run seamlessly on both platforms.

Backward Compatibility Including Xenix Application Support. Small businesses have invested considerable money in hardware. With OpenServer 6, SCO supports applications all the way back to Xenix 286 applications!

Wide Hardware Support. OpenServer 6 includes support for USB, AC97’, SATA, SAS, IDE RAID, FC SAN, PCIX and others.

Java 1.4.2. SCO OpenServer 6 supports the Java 2 platform, Standard Edition for running Java code.


Web Services Substrate. With OpenServer 6, SCO includes the Web Services Substrate technology with Ericom’s Host Powerterm Publisher and Web Connect product. This enables older green screen applications to be web enabled without a re-write and costly integrations for heterogeneous environments. (available post FCS)

Supports Thousands of Applications. SCO OpenServer 6 will run on thousands of applications written on SCO UNIX over the years.

This family of products and services reduces total cost of ownership (TCO), helping your organization to be more productive and efficient.

Upgrade Motivators

Key upgrade motivators include:

Large file support (up to 1 terabyte) and kernel-level threading via a new SVR5 kernel enables OpenServer customers to take advantage of more modern and a wider variety of applications including thousands of applications written for UNIX, Java, PostgreSQL, mySQL, KDE, and Web Services as well as UnixWare 7.1.4 applications.

  • Multiprocessor support increases from 4 to 32 processors and increased memory support increases to 64GB thus enabling customers to take advantage of cutting edge hardware.
  • OpenServer pricing and licensing changes provide customers twice the number of users, four times the number of CPUs and 4GB memory support for the same price as OpenServer 5.0.7.
  • Single certification for both OpenServer 6.x and UnixWare 7.1.x applications gives ISVs/IHVs and VSPs exposure to a broader SCO UNIX customer base.
  • Integrates new applications including Apache 1.3, MySQL, and Samba
  • Good product margin for partners with excellent upgrade opportunities with established customer base

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