Survey by Solid and MontaVista Highlights Concerns of Telecom and IT Professionals

2/20/2003 - Solid Information Technology Corp., the leading distributed data management provider, and MontaVista Software, Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, announced the results of a survey on telecom/IT professionals’ needs in the areas of highly available network architecture, application development, and database management. The joint survey targeted product managers, database administrators, application designers, and software engineers, as well as senior management positions in industries such as telecom, healthcare, biotech, publishing, and financial services. To view the results of the survey, visit the Solid web site at

“The results of this survey enunciate IT and telecom experts’ need to ensure five nines service availability to their customers by a 10 to 1 margin,” explained Jussi Harvela, president and CEO, Solid. “And the desire for high availability isn’t exclusive to the United States; professionals in over 25 countries and across all industries articulated that same desire. The responses point to the acute pain companies are facing as they attempt to negotiate the challenge of reliably providing a highly available network.”

The survey responses came from 111 professionals involved in more than 15 industries; more than 65 percent of responses came from the financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, telecom, insurance industries, and government. Forty percent of the respondents represented more than 25 European, Middle Eastern, and African countries, while the remaining 60 percent were from the U.S. Seventy percent of the respondents operate a Microsoft Windows operating system; the remaining 30 percent was split among Linux, Sun Solaris, and Unix.

Survey Highlights
The survey covered an array of issues relating to high availability, embedded database needs, and the importance of scalable software/hardware platforms that map to a company’s business objectives.

The survey results suggest several trends. Respondents agreed that the most crucial areas of their business include shorter development cycles, decreased development costs, decrease in the time to market for new products and offerings, and more reliable products. Just over 45 percent of the respondents estimated their company’s spending toward the development of network infrastructure products will increase from 5-25 percent over the next 1-2 years.

“The results of this survey are exciting. The survey points to the universal concerns telecom and IT experts share regarding which strategies and technologies will support their business goals,” said John Lehmann, Director, Business Development, MontaVista Software of MontaVista Software, Inc. “Our partnership with Solid to provide highly available network solutions in a wide variety of applications speaks to the real needs of the industry right now.”

About Solid
Solid Information Technology Corp. delivers the premier distributed data management platform. Built on a sophisticated architectural foundation, Solid’s solutions power large-scale distributed applications in a variety of vertical markets including network infrastructure, fleet management, consumer electronics, and the distributed enterprise. A unique combination of relational data management and advanced synchronization, Solid’s technology can be used as a client/server data management system or be embedded into any static or mobile computing device to provide a robust platform on which to build distributed applications. Leading companies including Avaya, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, and Nortel, as well as innovative start-up companies such as Turin Networks, Celox Networks, and Lantern Communications use Solid technology to build highly available, performing and scalable smart network solutions. Solid is a privately held company with worldwide headquarters in Mountain View, California. The company also has regional offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. For more information, visit the Solid web site at

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier of systems software for intelligent connected devices and associated infrastructure. MontaVista powers the embedded revolution by providing GNU/Linux-based open-source software solutions. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system (RTOS) pioneer James Ready, MontaVista offers a family of products under the MontaVista Linux umbrella that address broad-based software developer needs encompassing applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer electronics. Multiple editions of MontaVista Linux are available — including Professional, Consumer Electronics, and Carrier Grade — along with complementary technology products providing powerful Java and graphics development capabilities.

Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale, California, MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by leading investors including Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, WR Hambrecht + Co., IBM, Intel Capital, Sony, Panasonic (Matsushita), Toshiba America, and Yamaha Corp. For more information about MontaVista Software, please visit

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