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GoAhead unveils High Availability (HA) Linux solution

Apr 24, 2000 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Bellevue, WA –(BUSINESS WIRE) — GoAhead Software, a leading provider of off-the-shelf service availability software for Internet infrastructure devices and servers, and Intel Corporation are collaborating to provide a highly available communications infrastructure platform running on Linux. The high availability solution will be demonstrated in the Intel booth at Networld + Interop, May 9-11, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The telecom and datacom industries are demanding a comprehensive high availability solution to accelerate the widespread deployment of reliable infrastructure applications. While many companies employ systems with features like hot swap that increase system uptime, the industry requires a complete off-the-shelf management solution that can enable 99.999% (“5NINES”) system availability. This demonstration is a big step toward that solution. The GoAhead Linux solution integrates GoAhead HighAvailability software with CompactPCI platforms based on Intel Pentium III processors to create a reliable, highly available system-level solution for communications infrastructure.

“We believe that the combination of Intel Architecture and the Linux operating system provides a compelling platform for today's communications applications like Voice-over IP (VoIP) that require high availability,” said Intel's Ton Steenman, comms marketing director, Embedded Intel Architecture Division. “We are excited to be working with companies like GoAhead to ensure that off-the-shelf solutions are available to telecom and network equipment manufacturers.”

The Networld + Interop demonstration will show a highly reliable system in action. Booth visitors will witness an application that does not experience downtime, even when cards are removed or the application fails. The demo incorporates high availability platforms from Motorola Computer Group, Ziatech Corporation and Intel, all running GoAhead HighAvailability and Linux on Intel Architecture. GoAhead's high availability software manages mission-critical applications through a systems-based approach, which actively monitors all components — hardware, applications and operating systems. Key features include checkpointing, policy-based switchover, fault resolution, and remote upgrading of software and firmware to maintain high levels of availability.

“Network traffic is growing exponentially, and telecom and Internet infrastructure providers face increased pressure to bring highly available and reliable equipment to market quickly,” said Jim Airy, GoAhead's vice president of marketing. “Combining
GoAhead HighAvailability software on Intel Architecture enables manufacturers to confidently meet the high availability and reliability demands placed on them by their customers.”

About GoAhead HighAvailability

GoAhead HighAvailability provides dynamic configuration management, heartbeating and checkpointing for active elements within a system, including hardware, applications and operating system components. The software supports a flexible range of system configurations, including active/standby CPUs, N+1 and 2N I/O cards. Fault management capabilities provide a policy-based, extensible solution for automatic detection, isolation, diagnosis and recovery for system faults. GoAhead HighAvailability provides remote, Web-based access and integrates with SNMP enterprise and network management environments. The software supports a variety of operating systems, including Linux, LynxOS from Lynx Real-Time Systems, Solaris from Sun Microsystems, VxWorks from Wind River, and Windows NT and 2000 from Microsoft.

About GoAhead Software, Inc.

GoAhead Software is a leading provider of off-the-shelf service availability software for Internet infrastructure devices and servers. Service availability software is a unique approach to reliability management that enables communications devices and servers to be self-reliant — dependable, available and easy to use. GoAhead solutions maintain service availability for Internet users, accelerate time-to-market for equipment manufacturers and Website operators, and reduce equipment and site support costs. The privately held company was formed in 1995 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.

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