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Which makes you wonder about how close SCO came, doesn't it?

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SCO CEO Doug Michels says the company is heading back into profitability, and now has an opportunity to move upscale into the enterprise market. But as he explains how he sees this happening, it becomes fairly obvious how close to the abyss SCO came. In an interview with CNBC yesterday, Michels said that SCO could become the industry standard in the enterprise data centre with the help of partners Intel and IBM. These two relationships certainly strengthen SCO, but Intel's Unix plans only really tilted SCO-wards a few weeks ago, while the IBM alliance was only announced a few days ago. Michels is effectively pushing the continuation and extension of SCO's age-old policy of cornering the market in Unix on Intel, but he's making it clear that the company needed partners if it was to survive and prosper. An Intel partnership takes it some distance towards being the 'official' Intel Unix (but not the whole way -- Intel is friends with lots of other outfits too), while IBM theoretically gives it greater enterprise leverage. Michels describes this as being "an opportunity to see tremendous growth beyond anything we have seen before", but this is surely pitching it too strong. The IBM deal has for the moment reduced the chances of SCO being taken over, but doesn't necessarily come with stacks of new customers for the company. ® See IBM-SCO Unix deal may raise question over PPC future Click for more stories Click for story index

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