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Red Hat Joins the SCOPE Alliance With Global Leaders to Optimize Linux for Telecommunications

Red Hat joins leading network equipment providers and telecommunications ecosystem vendors in the definition of next-generation requirements

RALEIGH, N.C

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced today that it has joined the SCOPE Alliance. The SCOPE Alliance, formed in January 2006 by Alcatel, Ericsson, Motorola, NEC, Nokia and Siemens, was founded to drive the adoption of open source software and commodity hardware in carrier-grade environments as an alternative to proprietary Unix platforms. SCOPE works with leading network equipment providers (NEPs) and carriers worldwide to define hardware and software requirements for open platforms in mission-critical telecommunications environments. SCOPE is currently developing requirements profiles for various hardware and software components. Current versions of these profiles are available at www.scope-alliance.org.

We've worked hard to make Red Hat Enterprise Linux reflect the needs of customers demanding highly reliable infrastructure while maintaining a focus on standards, said Paul Cormier, Executive Vice President of Engineering at Red Hat. We're encouraged by our traction in this market and are pleased to now more strongly align with the community of telecommunications software, hardware and network equipment providers to deliver fully integrated platforms and solutions designed specifically for telecommunications.

Red Hat will contribute to the requirements definition process developed by the SCOPE Alliance and interface with the open source development community to prioritize carrier-grade features, roadmaps and timelines. Red Hat will also provide expertise and leadership in all matters related to the commercialization of open source software.

Support for Linux within the network equipment provider community and by the telecommunications industry in general has grown dramatically over the last few years. Currently there is no universally agreed upon certification process for carrier-grade platforms. The SCOPE Alliance's objective is to define and build industry consensus around a single set of requirements for carrier-grade platforms, said Timo Jokiaho, Technical Co-Chair and member of the SCOPE Alliance Board Of Directors.

To learn more about Red Hat telecommunications solutions, please visit www.redhat.com/solutions/teleco. For more information on the SCOPE Alliance and current specifications, please visit www.scopealliance.org.

 

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