Motorola Computer Group, part of Motorola's (NYSE:MOT) Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS) and the leading provider of carrier-grade embedded computing platforms for high-availability telecommunication applications, and Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the leader in open source Internet infrastructure, have teamed to help make LinuxÂ® ready for telecom applications designed to run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Under terms of the agreement, announced today at Linux World Expo, Motorola will package and market Red Hat's industry-leading and award-winning Red Hat Linux operating system with Motorola's Advanced High-Availability Software for Linux (HA-Linux) offering, which will be shipped with Motorola's carrier-grade high-availability embedded computing platforms. This means the thousands of software tools and application enablers supported on Red Hat Linux are now available to telecom OEMs building wireless, wireline and Internet infrastructure applications such as operation administration & maintenance (OA&M) platforms, call servers, IP gateways and home location registers.
With more than 50 percent share of the Linux server operating system market, according to International Data Corp., Red Hat Linux is the top choice for companies wanting a reliable open source operating system. The demand for applications built on Red Hat Linux has helped create Linux support from many of the industry's leading software suppliers, including Computer Associates, IBM, Netscape, Oracle and SAP. With Motorola's HA-Linux integrated with Red Hat Linux 6.2, telecom OEMs now get the carrier-grade features -- along with the third-party support -- they need to build telecom applications designed for 99.999% availability, equivalent to five minutes or less of downtime per year, planned and unplanned. "As a result of this contract with Red Hat, our telecom OEM customers can rest assured that with our HA-Linux and our carrier-grade, high-availability computing platforms, the software tools and application enablers they need for their telecom solutions will be available, compatible and fully supported," said Tom McKearney, vice president and director of marketing, telecommunications business, Motorola Computer Group.
"Eliminating software compatibility issues will help developers concentrate on their core businesses so they can bring their high-availability applications to market quickly and cost-effectivelyultimately getting the competitive edge they're seeking in today's telecommunications market." Commenting on the announcement, Red Hat's Paul McNamara, vice president of products and platforms, said, "Thousands of Internet application developers have embraced Red Hat Linux. The fusion of this vast installed base, with the reliability of Linux as well as Red Hat's unmatched design and support expertise with Motorola's powerful carrier-grade platforms, will help enable Motorola to deliver complete, advanced high-availability telecom solutions to enable competitive carriers to meet accelerating customer demands."Motorola's HA-Linux Features/Benefits Motorola's Advanced High-Availability Software for Linux offering, running with the Red Hat Linux 6.2 distribution, will be available on Motorola's line of CPX8000 computer platforms, which now includes the new CPX8221, also announced today. The CPX8221 is the highest density carrier-grade, high-availability platform in the industry, boasting 21 CompactPCI slots in a 19-inch rack or frame. Because the CPX8221 features 17 I/O slots, more functions can be added to a single system. The CPX8221 helps telecom OEMs build high density, I/O intensive media gateways, call servers, voice over IP gateways and Internet edge switches lowering overall costs and saving scarce rack space in central office environments.
Features and benefits
Features and benefits of Motorola's Advanced High-Availability Software for Linux include: Host CPU multi-stage switch over, which allows IP switch over in less than 1 second and shelf switch over within 4-5 seconds, makes 5NINES availability possible; Hot-swap of all components, including processors, I/O controllers, power modules and fans, which allows equipment maintenance without interrupting service; Network management, allowing remote monitoring and operation of systems from the network operations center; Management of telecom alarms and in/out of service of LEDs, which is consistent to operations practices in central offices simplifying equipment operations. Pricing & AvailabilityShipments of HA-Linux with Red Hat Linux 6.2 will plan to start in September 2000.U.S. list prices for HA-Linux right-to-use licenses per system range from $449 to $748, depending on configuration. OEM discouts apply.Linux World Expo Demo (Aug. 15-17)Please visit Motorola Computer Group's booth, #820, to see demonstrations of HA-Linux on both the new CPX8221 and Motorola's award-winning CPX8216.
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