Parasoft Partners with MontaVista Software to Provide Automated Error Prevention for Carrier Grade Linux Platforms

10/9/2002 - Parasoft, a leading provider of Automated Error-Prevention software and MontaVistaTM Software, the company powering the embedded revolution, announced a new partnership that will enable software developers to use Parasoft Insure++®, an automated runtime error-detection tool for C/C++, to build high quality applications on MontaVistaTM Linux® Carrier Grade Edition 2.1.

MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE) 2.1 enhances standard Linux with key features for deployment in carrier-grade environments. It is designed specifically for network equipment providers as a standard, modular, communications platform.

Software quality and reliability are a major concern to all companies that develop software. However, if that software is built for a communications platform, the need to be error-free becomes increasingly critical. Automation is the key to making thorough error prevention a realistic and cost-effective endeavor. Parasoft has been assisting companies to prevent and detect errors automatically since 1994 and is now working to expand its product offering to the communications market.

"The communications market is an important sector for the software development community and for Parasoft," said Parasoft CEO, Adam Kolawa. "As Linux continues to grow as the operating system of choice for developers in telecommunications and data communications, companies will require the proper tools to build robust, error-free applications. Parasoft solutions have an established reputation within the Linux community, and partnering with the leading vendor MontaVista Software is an ideal move for us to better serve the communications market."

Memory corruption and memory leak errors are extremely difficult to find, often taking weeks, sometimes even months to track down. Parasoft Insure++ detects these elusive, crash-causing errors in C/C++ applications. By using a unique set of technologies, including mutation testing, Insure++ thoroughly examines and tests the code from the inside and out, then reports errors and pinpoints their exact location. Insure++ also performs coverage analysis, clearly indicating which sections of the code were tested. By integrating Insure++ into the MontaVista Linux development environment, development teams can save weeks of debugging time and prevent costly crashes as they create a broad range of embedded applications, from solutions for consumer devices to highly available telecommunications and data communications equipment.

"MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition enables network equipment providers to deliver highly available, reliable, fault-resilient carrier grade platforms," said Sheila Baker, vice president of marketing, MontaVista Software. "Parasoft helps our customers build higher-quality carrier grade applications on-time and error-free."

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software Inc. powers the embedded revolution by providing open-source systems software solutions for embedded developers. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system (RTOS) pioneer James Ready, MontaVista Software's principal products include MontaVistaTM Linux Professional Edition and MontaVistaTM Linux Carrier Grade Edition. MontaVista offers developers a family of products and services for embedded design and development targeted for applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer devices.

Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale, Calif., MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by leading investors such as Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, WR Hambrecht + Co., IBM, Intel Capital, Panasonic and Sony Corporation.

About Parasoft
Founded in 1987, Parasoft provides Automated Error Prevention tools that help companies improve their software development processes. The Parasoft family of Automated Error Prevention tools includes Jtest, Jcontract, CodeWizard, C++Test, Insure++, WebKing, and SOAPtest. These tools assist teams working on C/C++, Java, Web, and enterprise applications to significantly reduce costs by shortening development cycles, improving overall quality and reducing time-to-market. Parasoft is a privately funded company, which has been granted eight patents and numerous awards Parasoft is headquartered in Monrovia, CA. Telephone (888) 305-0041. Fax (626) 305-3036.

Parasoft and Insure++ are registered trademarks of Parasoft. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is a trademark of MontaVista Software Inc.

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