Open Source Development Lab Formed the Data Center Linux Working Group

8/15/2002 - Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), together with industry leaders and open source community members, formed the Data Center Linux (DCL) Working Group with the launch of a financial services initiative and two deliverables for Data Center Linux. In addition, building on the momentum from its January 2002 formation, OSDL's Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) Working Group achieved major milestones with the availability of the Carrier Grade Linux Requirements Definition V1.0 and Carrier Grade Linux Architecture Specification V1.0, and announced new member Force Computers. These achievements will drive delivery of more open source products for business.

"The formation of the OSDL Data Center Linux Working Group is a significant step in OSDL's ability to guide and develop Linux technology that is open and meets the requirements of data center platforms," said Ross Mauri, president of OSDL, and vice president, eServer Development, IBM. "The Data Center and Carrier Grade Linux Working Groups provide needed forums for creating vision and guidance to enhance Linux to meet the needs of financial services and telecommunications market segments."

Data Center Linux Working Group Launches Financial Services Initiative Members of the Data Center Linux Working Group include Computer Associates, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Linuxcare, Miracle Linux and NEC. The Data Center Linux Working Group chose the financial services industry as its first targeted market segment for requirements evaluation and technical roadmap development, based on criteria that include market segment size, the tendency of IT organizations within the segment to be early adopters of technology, and current penetration of Linux. This industry-specific approach will be broadened through other target initiatives, such as healthcare and manufacturing, to address additional industries and the features to support their related workloads. On a fast track to deliver, the OSDL DCL working group today announced publication of the Data Center Linux Technical Scope White Paper and release of the Data Center Linux Requirements Definition V0.5. The DCL Technical Scope White Paper identifies the extent of the group's effort, including the target application areas, technical issues to be addressed, and standards compliance. The DCL Requirements Definition V0.5 defines the platform requirements through a list of categorized and prioritized features and sets goals for functionality, hardening and conformance to standards.

Carrier Grade Linux Working Group Reaches Major Milestones Demonstrating its rapid momentum, OSDL's Carrier Grade Linux Working Group today delivered the Carrier Grade Linux Requirements Definition V1.0 and Carrier Grade Linux Architecture Specification V1.0. The CGL Requirements Definition incorporates comments from the industry and the developer community received through the OSDL developer site. The CGL Architecture Specification provides an introduction to the key concepts and capabilities of each of the major features to be provided by OSDL CGL Version 1.0. Carrier Grade Linux Working Group participants include new member Force Computers in addition to Alcatel, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, HP, IBM, Intel, MontaVista Software, NEC, Nokia, Red Hat and SuSE.

"Next-generation business-critical applications are delivered using Linux-based open standard platforms for data center infrastructure equipment," said Tim Witham, OSDL lab director. "OSDL supports customers' desire for commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions as a welcome alternative to proprietary offerings when making technical decisions about evolving their infrastructure, especially as IT is becoming more focused on the bottom line."

About the Open Source Development Lab (www.osdl.org)
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. This year alone, OSDL has provided approximately 120 project-months of dedicated access to more than 100 two-way to 16-way servers within its server farm. In addition, 2,000-plus test runs have been executed through OSDL's automated Scalable Test Platform environment. To date, OSDL has provided in excess of $6,000,000 in systems and services to the Linux development community at no charge.

Headquartered outside Portland, Oregon, OSDL fulfills a critical need in the open source development community to have access to the high-end hardware for programming and testing. OSDL's 22 member companies include Alcatel, Caldera, Cisco Systems, Computer Associates, Dell, Ericsson, Force Computers, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Linuxcare, Miracle Linux Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric, MontaVista Software, NEC Corporation, Nokia, Red Hat, SuSE, Toshiba and VA Software.

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