SCO entering the virtualization market

This is quite unexpected: SCO annonced severan new products and among them the Project Fusion reveils the company move on the virtualization market.
Quoting from the SCO official announcement:

The SCO Group, Inc., owner of the UNIX operating system and a leading provider of UNIX-based solutions, today reported on customer adoption of SCO OpenServer 6 and released the first maintenance pack, adding multi-core processing capabilities to OpenServer. Additionally, SCO announced the availability of education curriculum materials as well as new bundled Support and Professional Services for SCO OpenServer 6. The company also outlined the roadmap for its UNIX technology and product line.

To date, SCO OpenServer 6 has sold thousands of customer licenses including many to companies in the Fortune 1000, government agencies and many small-to-medium businesses. SCO resellers have anticipated a high degree of interest in the upgrade from their customers due to the product’s increased performance, support for more powerful hardware and a broader array of applications, as well as significant security and stability enhancements.

“OpenServer 6 provides an almost seamless migration with years of headroom built in. Some customers are experiencing a tenfold increase in performance,” said Dave Ramgren, division vice president, BIS Computer Solutions, Inc., a SCO reseller partner. “We can confidently encourage other OpenServer customers to upgrade to SCO OpenServer 6. The process of integration and configuration is efficient and a low risk for customers.”

Ongoing UNIX Strategy and Roadmap

SCO’s ongoing UNIX strategy and roadmap will focus on a powerful new product code-named Project Fusion. Based on the new 64bit UNIX SVR6 kernel technology, Project Fusion will deliver an Operating System for the Internet age. Project Fusion will also integrate server virtualization capabilities in the kernel, thus providing an ecosystem of application runtime. The UnixWare and OpenServer customers will benefit from a larger pool of applications and makes the vision of a larger market a reality to solution providers.

“With the completion of Project Legend and thereby recent release of OpenServer 6, all of our development efforts are now streamlined on a single common source base and are geared towards innovation,” said Sandy Gupta, chief technology officer, The SCO Group. “Project Fusion should prove to be another fantastic product from The SCO Group. Its ability to support both 32 and 64-bit processing power will provide customers with the ability to take advantage of the new and emerging 64-bit hardware technologies when it is released,” said Bob Ungraetti, president, Garett Group Inc. “It’s nice to see that SCO is also furthering its UNIX System V technology. UNIX SVR6 technology applied in Fusion completes the modern operating system allowing users to run an array of applications on mature technology that has been developed for decades with a proven track record of stability and reliability.”

SCO plans to provide the first public demonstrations of Project Fusion during 2006. Pricing for the product will be announced as the product gets closer to shipping. Further information about the upcoming Project Fusion beta program and product release will be available at

LinuxPlanet reports Project Fusion is able to run together SCO’s two existing operating environments, SCO Unix and UnixWare, while supporting non-SCO OSes.