QNX Joins Service Availability Forum to Define and Promote Industry Standards

11/7/2002 - Continuing its commitment to standards and interoperability, QNX Software Systems announced that it has been accepted into the Service Availability Forum. QNX Software Systems will work with member companies to define open, industry-standard specifications for building high availability (HA) systems. Because of the current lack of industry standards for HA, networking equipment manufacturers (OEMs) must incur the high cost of creating their own proprietary approaches, rather than use off-the-shelf building blocks. Standards created by the Forum will help eliminate these costs and accelerate development of communications equipment that support the market demand for fast delivery of ultra-dependable, next-generation services.

"With high availability so integral to the heart of a system, creating well-defined standards is mandatory if networking OEMs are to respond rapidly to emerging market needs," said Pierre Charon, Netcoms product manager, QNX Software Systems. "Our standards-based technology is the bedrock for thousands of modular, distributed, high availability systems that run both mission-critical and life-critical applications. We are eager to work with the Service Availability Forum to create HA standards that will allow OEMs to develop network elements more rapidly, without compromising on reliability."

Until now, implementing high availability has been a fragmented effort, with companies implementing HA on their own. The result: costly and time-intensive development for all OEMs, and proprietary frameworks that are incompatible. Costs also extend to the customization, integration, and maintenance of disparate systems. By developing an open, non-proprietary framework for delivering high availability services, the Service Availability Forum will save OEMs and their customers a substantial amount of time and expense, and expedite the development of next-generation services.

"High availability is QNX Software System's area of expertise and a critical building block for computing systems," said Timo Jokiaho, president of the Service Availability Forum. "With their experience in highly available systems, QNX can make valuable contributions to the Forum, as we define and promote open standards that will interoperate with all architectures and ultimately help reduce costs and shorten time-to-market of our adopters."

About the Service Availability Forum
The Service Availability Forum is the industry body dedicated to developing specifications that facilitate the faster delivery of cost-effective, carrier-grade infrastructure equipment and applications. Created by industry leading communications and computing companies, the Forum's specifications represent a crucial, missing piece of the COTS ecosystem model - open, carrier-grade platform and middleware interfaces that tie together all standards-based network equipment elements quickly and easily. Service Availability Forum membership offers the opportunity to take part in building the availability specifications for the future.

About QNX Software Systems
Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is the industry leader in realtime, microkernel OS technology. The inherent reliability, scalable architecture, and small memory footprint of the QNX Neutrino RTOS make it the most trusted foundation for future-ready applications. Companies worldwide like Cisco, Delphi, Siemens, Alcatel, Texaco, and Ford depend on the QNX technology for network routers, medical devices, intelligent transportation systems, safety and security systems, next-generation robotics, and other mission-critical applications. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, QNX Software Systems maintains offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, and distributes its products in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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