Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 17:07:47 -0800 From: Brian Ziel <brianz@sco.COM> Subject: SCO EXTENDS LEAD AS #1 UNIX SERVER SUPPLIER, BECOMES THIRD FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACTS: Jean Bozman Monika Laud IDC Company News SCO Public Relations Phone: 650-962-6429 Phone: 408-427-7421 Email: email@example.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org SCO EXTENDS LEAD AS #1 UNIX SERVER SUPPLIER, BECOMES THIRD LARGEST SUPPLIER OF ALL SERVER ENVIRONMENTS WORLDWIDE IDC data show SCO increasing lead in UNIX server software market; SCO UnixWare shows fastest growth SANTA CRUZ, CA (February 17, 1998) - Profiting from the continuing demand for reliable, scalable network-based servers, SCO (NASDAQ: SCOC) today announced that in 1997 it moved up from 4th to 3rd place in worldwide shipments of server operating environments, achieving a significant milestone in its quest to deliver the benefits of UNIX systems and Network Computing to a wider audience According to a recent announcement by IDC, SCO shipped a total of 288,000 UNIX server software licenses in 1997, surpassing OS/2 with 226,000 unit shipments. SCO shipped 27% more server software licenses than in 1996, outpacing the overall UNIX growth rate of 15%, which has remained steady since 1995. SCO's UnixWare operating system was also the fastest-growing UNIX System, increasing by 45.7% from 1996 to 1997. In 1st and 2nd place are Microsoft Windows NT Server and Novell NetWare servers. "SCO's share of the UNIX server operating environments market grew noticeably, climbing from around 36% in 1996 to over 40% in 1997, based on preliminary data," said Jean Bozman, Research Manager, Server Operating Environments, International Data Corporation. "We believe this was due to continued strong demand for SCO OpenServer both as an application server and as a Web server, and to increased demand for SCO UnixWare among enterprise customers." "We are excited to have overtaken OS/2 about a year earlier than expected," said Ray Anderson, SCO's senior vice president of product marketing. "We increased our unit shipments in 1997 by adding value to our base products, by offering products tailored to certain applications such as Web servers, and by increasing our investments in training our channel partners. It seems to be paying off. We shipped more units in 1997 than our top three UNIX competitors combined. That says a lot for our UNIX on Intel products. We're leaving the RISC vendors further behind each year." SCO UNIX servers - including SCO OpenServer, which dominates in replicated sites and small business, and UnixWare, which provides RISC UNIX system capabilities on the Intel platform - are available through a network of more than 15,000 resellers and partners worldwide, and are supported by major OEM suppliers including Compaq, Data General, Fujitsu/ICL, HP, IBM, SNI, Unisys, and many others. UnixWare 7 is SCO's latest version of UnixWare, the world's fastest growing UNIX System, according to IDC. Now available in beta version, UnixWare 7 is SCO's advanced operating system for network computing. It includes SCO's new SVR5 kernel technology, designed to provide dramatic enhancements in overall performance, scalability, availability and reliability on Intel servers, while providing a smooth migration to future 64-bit systems. It also includes Java technology-based administration, support for a Webtop interface, access to a wide range of applications on different servers with SCO Tarantella software, and optimized Java support. About SCO SCO is a leading provider of system software for business-critical network computing on the Intel hardware platform, offering the world's most popular UNIX server operating systems, and the world's first application broker for Network Computing - Tarantella. SCO sells and support its products through a worldwide network of distributors, resellers, systems integrators, and OEMs. For more information, see SCO's WWW home page at http://www.sco.com. ### SCO, The Santa Cruz Operation, the SCO logo, SCO OpenServer, UnixWare, Tarantella and the Tarantella logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. in the USA and other countries UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the US and other countries. Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. All other brand or product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of, their respective owners.