HP to Integrate RadiSys Blades into Carrier Grade Linux Portfolio

12/4/2003 - HP (NYSE: HPQ) and RadiSys (Nasdaq: RSYS) announced a significant agreement in which HP will incorporate RadiSys blade servers and technologies into the HP carrier-grade Linux portfolio for the telecommunications and service provider market.

The integrated blade solutions are available in North America, EMEA, and the Asia-Pacific region. HP will deliver and support the servers through its worldwide sales and support organizations.

Carrier-grade blade servers are single board computers that plug into a backplane in a chassis. The backplane provides a common interconnect for all blade servers and the other modules in the chassis. Because of their dense compute capability and low total cost of ownership, open architecture blade servers are becoming a viable alternative to proprietary compute systems in the communications industry.

The HP-RadiSys servers will help network equipment providers and mobile operators exploit the business value of modular, standards-based blade server technologies: reduced cost and risk -- and increased speed and flexibility in the market.

These carrier-grade servers run the Linux Open Source Operating System and are built on the Intel-based IA-32 and IA-64 platforms. They are available in rack mount as well as blade server configurations.

Designed to meet stringent requirements for telecommunications central office operation, the HP platforms also support solutions that comply with industry standards from the Service Availability Forum (SAF) and the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) working group, a part of the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL). The platforms will evolve to support the AdvancedTCA architecture, as defined by the PICMG (Peripheral Component Interconnect Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) standards.

The HP carrier-grade Linux portfolio includes a wide range of modular, standards-based platforms and HP services such as engineering, lifecycle management, integration, installation and ongoing support. In addition, HP integrates its carrier-grade software technologies, such as OpenCall software and OpenView network management products, as well as a wide range of partner solutions. HP’s carrier grade portfolio supports not only Linux-based platforms but also solutions running on the HP-UX and NonStop platforms.

The combination of technologies from HP and RadiSys will offer integrated and validated platforms for a wide variety of demanding applications. RadiSys' high-availability blade server platforms are ideally suited to the demands of always-on, robust networking and compute applications. When integrated with HP's leading OpenCall software, these high-density, high-performance systems provide large network and compute operators with tested, application-ready platforms on which to build and run their applications.

RadiSys' platforms are based on advanced, switched fabric architectures and are to be available in a number of form factors including PICMG 2.16, AdvancedTCA and other high-performance configurations.

Ted Ridgway, vice president for RadiSys, said "Robust, open-architecture solutions that allow customers access to best-in-class technologies are key to RadiSys' strategy. Through our partnership with HP, customers will get tested and reliable platforms delivered under a world-class global service and support network."

Jean-Rene Bouvier, vice president, HP OpenCall Business Unit, said, "Both RadiSys and HP have extensive experience providing robust solutions for networking applications. The combined HP and RadiSys solutions enable customers to select from a range of tested, open architecture platforms that deliver high performance and reliability at a lower cost."

He added, “These modular, standards-based platforms, and the business value they deliver, underscore why the HP Adaptive Enterprise strategy is so important in the telecommunications and service provider industry.”

HP focuses more than 25 years of telecommunications expertise into the Network and Service Provider (NSP) practice within HP Services. The NSP organization, along with 500 solutions partners, helps the world's top 200 service and equipment providers meet the voice and data needs of hundreds of millions of wireline and wireless subscribers. Its telecommunications solutions, services, and technologies, including OpenCall and OpenView software, are arrayed across multiple domains, including network infrastructure, network services, operations and business support, mobile and rich media solutions, and end user access. With unmatched breadth and depth, HP has emerged as a major player that is leading change in the network and service provider industry. Please visit the HP NSP Website: http://h71028.www7.hp.com/enterprise/cache/4447-0-0-225-121.aspx

About RadiSys
RadiSys is a leading global provider of embedded solutions to the commercial systems, enterprise systems, and service provider systems markets. Using its extensive expertise in a wide variety of technologies, RadiSys focuses on industry-leading architecture while working in a close “virtual division” relationship with its customers -- significantly improving their time-to-market advantage and reducing cost. The broad range of RadiSys product offerings include board-level embedded computers; blade servers; motherboards; network interfaces and packet processing engines; communications middleware and software such as SS7/IP internetworking and protocol stacks; platforms based on PCI, CompactPCI, CompactPCI 2.16 and ATCA; turnkey gateway systems and professional services.

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