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Motorola Computer Group and Red Hat go for 5NINES

Aug 18, 2000 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

LinuxWorld — (press release excerpt) — Motorola Computer Group and Red Hat announced a collaboration to help make Linux ready for telecom applications designed to run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Under terms of the agreement, Motorola will package and market Red Hat's 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.

The combination will benefit 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. Telecom OEMs now get the carrier-grade features and 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-effectively–ultimately getting the competitive edge they're seeking in today's telecommunications market.”

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 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.
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Motorola announces HA Linux for 99.999% reliability

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