SCO Partners with MySQL AB to Lower Costs and Increase the Power and Scalability of Modern Database Solutions

Companies to deliver certified version of MySQL for SCO OpenServer 6

LINDON, Utah, Sept. 2 -- The SCO Group, Inc. ("SCO") a leading provider of UNIX(R) software technology for distributed, embedded and network-based systems, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with MySQL AB to jointly deliver a certified, commercial version of the popular MySQL database for SCO OpenServer 6, the newest release of SCO's UNIX solutions platform. As part of the agreement, the companies will work together on a range of joint marketing, sales, training, business development and support programs that will benefit customers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Additionally, SCO will include a trial subscription to the MySQL Network enterprise database service with each new copy of SCO OpenServer -- and offer full MySQL Network subscriptions through its reseller channel.

Launched in February, MySQL Network is a comprehensive, attractively-priced subscription offering that provides modern businesses with everything needed to successfully develop and deploy ANSI-SQL database solutions with MySQL. It includes access to certified MySQL software, updates and upgrades, proactive alerts and advisors, the online MySQL knowledgebase, and full production-level technical support.

The SCO-MySQL agreement will bring great benefits to the customers and channel partners of both companies. The combination of SCO UNIX and MySQL creates a high-performance, low-cost, easy-to-manage applications platform that can scale out across the distributed and networked customer systems environments common to both companies. Developers and customers will benefit because SCO and MySQL will cooperate to ensure that the operating system and the database undergo extensive compatibility and certification testing to ensure a good developer and end-user experience. MySQL Network will also be available directly from SCO resellers throughout the world, offering customers a single point of contact.

"Given that 85 percent of SCO UNIX-based solutions are database applications, it makes complete sense to work more closely with MySQL to jointly certify, market, and support our product solutions for the benefit of our mutual customers," said Jeff Hunsaker, senior vice president and general manager, SCO's UNIX division. "Because MySQL is known for scaling out across customer environments, it is a natural fit for SCO's traditional customers that operate in distributed and networked systems across retail and branch offices. We believe this partnership will be met with great excitement by our customers."

"MySQL has become the most popular open-source database in the world by offering users a good combination of choice, performance, and ease of use," said Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB. "We will now be providing developers with the additional option of leveraging SCO's popular platforms. We look forward to working with SCO and their large reseller network to support our mutual customers with their enterprise database applications."

Benchmark testing by SCO and many of its customers found that the recently released SCO OpenServer 6 was two-to-four times faster than its predecessor throughout many areas of the product. The addition of the UNIX SVR 5 kernel to SCO OpenServer 6 has increased support for terabyte file sizes, 64 GB of memory, up to 32 processors, and full support for multi-threaded applications, all allowing applications such as MySQL to gain the best performance possible.

Availability

Later this year, MySQL AB will deliver a certified version of MySQL 5.0 for SCO OpenServer 6. For customers interested in subscribing to MySQL Network for SCO OpenServer 6, contact a SCO sales representative at 1-800-SCO-UNIX (1-800-726-8649) or your local SCO reseller.

About SCO

The SCO Group (Nasdaq: SCOX) is a leading provider of software technology for distributed, embedded, and network-based systems, offering SCO OpenServer for small to medium business and UnixWare for enterprise applications and digital network services. For more information on SCO products and services, visit http://www.sco.com.

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