IBM, SCO and Sequent Report Project Monterey is Ahead of Schedule64-Bit UNIX Operating System Up and Running on Intel's Merced Simulator
NEW YORK, NY—April 7, 1999—IBM, SCO and Sequent today said they have successfully completed initial tests of the Project Monterey operating system running on the Merced simulator for the Intel IA-64 architecture. Project Monterey is a high-volume, enterprise-class, commercial UNIX operating system initiative launched last October.
The participants in Project Monterey declared that in less than five months of development, the prototype for the UNIX operating system for IA-64 is up and running. The testing, conducted at a development center in the United States, marked the first development milestone in Project Monterey.
Also unveiled today were broad software vendor support, accelerated product roadmaps through 2001 and the launch of a comprehensive developer program.
The goal for Project Monterey is to establish a high-volume, enterprise-class UNIX product line that runs across Intel IA-32 and IA-64 processors and IBM's Power processors in systems that range from departmental to large data center servers. In addition, UNIX vendors conforming to the UNIX Developer's Guide-Programming Interfaces (UDG-PI) specifications are supported by the Project Monterey family.
As part of the Project Monterey initiative, a UNIX operating system is being developed for Intel's IA-64 architecture using IBM's AIX operating system's enterprise capabilities complemented with technology from SCO's UnixWare operating system and Sequent's enterprise technologies. In addition, IBM will license AIX technology to SCO for inclusion in UnixWare and promote this offering to the IA-32 market.
"Project Monterey continues to build significant momentum and commitment across the entire UNIX industry," said Rajiv Samant, general manager, UNIX, IBM Corporation. "In less than five months we, in collaboration with our partners, have delivered on one of our key product development goals for the UNIX operating system on IA-64. We are also gaining unprecedented support from the software and hardware vendor communities that we will aggressively build upon. What we are doing is delivering the industry leading, high-volume, enterprise-class UNIX operating system," Samant continued. "Our customers can be assured that our goal is to help them realize benefits from volume economics, innovation and enterprise-class quality for their 32-bit and 64-bit UNIX systems."
Integrated Roadmap to a IA-64 UNIX
Yesterday, IBM, Intel, SCO and Sequent briefed industry consultants on a fully integrated product roadmap for the Monterey product line. The integrated product roadmap will offer customers and independent software providers a consistent environment using common APIs, operating system services and Web-based systems management.
In 1999, Sequent will re-brand its operating system "UnixWare ptx Edition" providing API and ABI compatibility with the UnixWare family of products. SCO will supplement its UnixWare 7 products with initial AIX libraries and headers for application support, as well as AIX system management enhancements.
Comprehensive Developer Program Launched
The Project Monterey briefing outlined a comprehensive plan to facilitate availability of applications on the UNIX operating system for IA-64. Targeted applications written for UnixWare today on IA-32 platforms will be binary and source-compatible on IA-64-based systems. To leverage the performance advantages of the IA-64 platform, developers can simply recompile UnixWare application source code with expected minimal rewrites. Similarly, AIX applications are fully source-code-compatible with the new UNIX operating system on the IA-64 platform.
The Project Monterey developer program will include porting guides and a common set of APIs for IA-32, IA-64 and IBM Power processor platforms. Developers also will be able to leverage an extensive set of enterprise middleware from IBM and other software vendors who participate. Project Monterey will offer key developers access to porting centers worldwide, as well as ongoing developer events hosted by IBM, SCO and Intel throughout the year. The porting centers will provide developers with technical support, porting/enablement, performance testing and technical education on the new UNIX operating system on IA-64. Later this year, the IBM Solution Partnership Center in Waltham, Mass., is expected to extend its capabilities to support UNIX development on the Intel platforms.
Doug Michels, president and CEO of SCO, said, "We've not only completed the initial port to Merced in record time, but we've also set up an integrated product road map and developer program to guide our business partners in deploying this exciting high-volume UNIX system to businesses of all sizes. The Project Monterey partners already drive a huge portion of a worldwide UNIX System business that totals billions of dollars every year, and our momentum continues to increase as other OEMs and ISVs join Project Monterey."
Casey Powell, Chairman and CEO of Sequent said, "Project Monterey offers customers the ability to build IT infrastructure on a single data center class UNIX operating system without the risk that comes with being tied to one vendor and one world view. As part of Project Monterey and with UnixWare ptx Edition we deliver a proven platform with an expansive roadmap for 32-bit and 64-bit systems and broad multi-vendor compatibility."
Industry Support from OEMs and ISVs
John Miner, vice president, general manager of Intel's Enterprise Server Division, said: "Project Monterey is an important product initiative for the UNIX market with its focus on providing a high volume UNIX operating. This is a major milestone. We are thrilled that the Monterey team has accomplished so much in such a short time. It is clear that Monterey is now on track to intercept Merced production."
In less than five months, Project Monterey has garnered support from nearly all major ISVs in the database, business intelligence, e-business and enterprise resource planning business segments.
Last October, leading software companies announced their support for Project Monterey. They include BEA Systems, Compuware, Data Pro Accounting Software, Informix, Infospace, Micro Focus, Netscape Communications Corporation, Novell, PeopleSoft, Pick Systems, Progress Software, Rational, Real World, Risk Management Technology, Software AG, SAS Institute and Take Five.
Also today, new ISVs announced their support for Monterey. They are: Baan Company, BMC Software, daly.commerce, ISOCOR, Marcam Solutions, Sapiens, Sendmail and TIBCO.
Project Monterey also has garnered support from hardware suppliers including Acer, Bull, CETIA (a subsidiary of Thomson-CF), IBM Netfinity, ICL, Sequent Computer Systems and Unisys Computer Systems.
Unix Developer's Guide- Programming Interface
In a separate initiative, a group of industry leaders, including IBM, SCO, Sequent, Compaq and Intel, recently announced the UNIX Developer's Guide - Programming Interfaces. The UDG-PI is a collaborative effort to develop and publish guidelines that software developers and system manufacturers can use for UNIX operating systems running on the Intel microprocessor architecture. These guidelines are designed to help reduce development, maintenance and test costs for software developers and system manufacturers. Additional information on IBM and UNIX can be found at http://www.ibm.com/servers/aix.
For more information on Project Monterey visit:
SCO: http://www.sco.com/monterey (SCO's trading symbol is SCOC)