Red Hat to Extend Carrier-grade Linux Capabilities in Red Hat Linux Advanced Server

12/4/2002 - Red Hat, the world's premier open source and Linux provider announced plans to extend support for carrier-grade Linux applications on Red Hat Linux Advanced Server, an operating system platform designed for mission critical workloads. These enhancements, targeted for use on Intel-based hardware platforms, will improve Advanced Server's ability to address the needs of telecommunications providers to develop and deploy new services as part of the transition to standards-based modular communications platforms.

The telecommunications industry is dependent on highly reliable and available platforms for carrier grade applications. Red Hat Linux Advanced Server delivers a stable operating system for developing new voice, data, and wireless technologies for the telecom market segment. Enhancements to Advanced Server will be made from recommendations advocated by the OSDL Carrier Grade Linux Working Group, a specification forum including Red Hat, Intel Corporation, IBM, HP and other industry leaders focused on positioning Linux-based software components as the basis for robust communications products.

"The telecommunications industry continues to be a key market for Linux adoption and deployment," said Stephen Geary, director of Linux and Open Source Lab, HP Business Critical Systems. "Red Hat's Advanced Server Platform running on the industry-standard HP ProLiant or Itanium 2-based server lines, provides communications companies the necessary stability, application support and roadmap required to meet the expectations of equipment manufacturers and service providers and to successfully deploy Linux throughout their mission- critical architecture."

"Telecommunications service providers and network equipment providers are looking to Linux to help reduce total cost of ownership and provide flexibility," said Hernan Vega, vice president, IBM Global Telecommunications Industry. "IBM supports a Linux standards-based solution framework for communications and other high availability markets. The combination of IBM hardware, software, services and Red Hat's implementation of carrier-grade Linux features will help telecom service providers develop and deploy next generation services."

"The growing adoption of standards-based modular communications platforms provides a revolutionary model for new solutions in telecom," said Scott Richardson, general manager, Marketing and Platform Programs, Intel Network Processing Group. "Red Hat's commitment to extend the Red Hat Linux Advanced Server platform for carrier-grade use on Intel platforms coupled with our own solutions and software enabling efforts will help to enable a new ecosystem of communications technology providers."

The new features in Advanced Server will include improved application portability and performance, support for POSIX compliant threading, diskless blade systems, improved system responsiveness, advanced debugging and systems analysis, and additional high availability clustering capabilities. Advanced Server will run on Intel-based servers and platforms, including those available from IBM and HP, as part of a carrier-grade modular architecture approach promoting interoperability for application-level solutions.

"As the industry's leading enterprise software vendor, Oracle is pleased with Red Hat's unified product strategy to extend its robust, enterprise-class platform with additional requirements to support the telecommunications industry," said William Costello, vice president, telecommunications vertical, Oracle Corp. "The carrier-grade features and stability of Red Hat Linux Advanced Server together with Oracle's proven enterprise product set, will allow for unprecedented scalability and reliability with lower cost, for next generation wireless and wireline communications infrastructure."

"We intend to continue to move with the industry trend toward modular communications platforms for more scalable solutions," said Paul Cormier, executive vice president of Engineering at Red Hat. "By combining more advanced, focused technologies such as high availability and clustering, we can meet the availability and supportibility needs of such a critical industry."

Red Hat plans to make this carrier-grade Linux release available in mid-2003.

About the Carrier Grade Linux Working Group
The Carrier Grade Linux Working Group is an industry forum operating under the guidance of the Open Source Development Lab. Supported by a global consortium of industry leaders, the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) is an independent, vendor-neutral, non-profit organization dedicated to enabling Linux and Linux-based programming for enterprise and carrier-class functionality worldwide.

About Red Hat
Red Hat is the world's premier open source and Linux provider. Red Hat is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. and has offices worldwide. Its European headquarters is based in Surrey, UK, with offices throughout Europe.

LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. RED HAT is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc.

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