QNX Software, Data Connection Team for Pre-Integrated Protocol Stacks

4/21/2005 - QNX Software Systems Co. and Data Connection Ltd. (DCL) announced a strategic alliance to deliver complete, pre-integrated software solutions for manufacturers of networking and telecommunications equipment.

As part of the agreement, the two companies have already ported Data Connection's entire suite of networking protocols to QNX's flagship product, the QNX® Neutrino® realtime operating system (RTOS). The offering includes support for IP routing such as DC-OSPF, DC-ISIS, DC-RIP, and DC-BGP, as well as multicast, VoIP, MPLS, VPNs, GMPLS, and ATM.

In addition, the companies have created a "Router-in-a-Box" CD that lets customers quickly evaluate the rich capabilities of the joint solution. The CD showcases Data Connection's routing and VPN technologies, with full integration of the QNX Neutrino RTOS. The management interface layer is provided by Silicon & Software Systems' (S3) embeddedMIND multi-protocol agent platform, which is pre-integrated to provide a complete solution.

Both the QNX Neutrino RTOS and the Data Connection protocol stacks have been engineered for scalability and high availability, allowing customers to build distributed, self-healing systems that offer a high degree of fault tolerance and software upgradeability.

"Like QNX, Data Connection has been building high-quality products for well over two decades, providing customers the assurance that they are leveraging both proven technology and a solid, customer-driven technology supplier," said Phil McConnell, CEO of Data Connection. "Now, through this agreement, our two companies are not only delivering an integrated software platform, but are using the relationships we have built throughout our respective sales and service organizations to provide customers with unified solutions on demand."

The offering from Data Connection complements QNX's existing suite of pre-integrated protocol stacks, which includes IPv4 and IPv6, as well as IPsec, IKE, NAT, IP filtering, and a number of other protocols.

"Data Connection and QNX are committed to providing networking OEMs with best-in-class, out-of-the-box solutions that reduce risk and time-to-market," said Romain Saha, networking segment manager, QNX Software Systems. "With clients such as Cisco, IBM, and Lucent, our companies have the experience and breadth of protocol support to help developers reduce integration efforts, increase reliability, and bring more focus to bear on product differentiation."

QNX, Data Connection Hold Joint Webinar
A joint TechOnline webinar that reviews the benefits of the Data Connection/QNX solution will be held on May 26 of this year.

To obtain a copy of the Data Connection/QNX Router-in-a-Box evaluation CD, contact QNX at info@qnx.com or Data Connection at info@dataconnection.com. To purchase Data Connection protocol stacks for the QNX Neutrino RTOS, contact Data Connection directly.

About QNX Software Systems
With millions of installations worldwide, QNX Software Systems is the global leader in realtime, microkernel operating system technology. Companies like Cisco, DaimlerChrysler, Lockheed Martin, Panasonic, Siemens, and General Electric rely on QNX technology to build ultra-reliable systems for the networking, automotive, medical, military, and industrial automation markets. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems maintains offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Visit www.qnx.com.

About Data Connection
Data Connection Limited (DCL) is the leading independent developer and supplier of Unicast and Multicast IP Routing, MPLS, SIP, MGCP/Megaco, ATM, and SNA portable products, as well as Web Conferencing, Voicemail, Unified Messaging, and Directory applications. The company's MetaSwitch division supplies the industry's leading Class 5 Softswitch, with both integrated (Compact Softswitch) and distributed architecture options including call agent, feature server, media gateway and signaling gateway functionality. The MetaSwitch Class 5 Softswitch has been widely deployed among incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers, as well as operators of broadband wireless, cable, and fiber networks.

Net profits have exceeded 20% of revenue every year since the company was founded in 1981. Customers include BT, Cisco, IBM, Lucent, Microsoft, and Verizon. With over 300 employees, Data Connection is headquartered in London, UK with US offices in Alameda, CA, Boxborough, MA, Dallas, TX, and Reston, VA. Visit www.dataconnection.com.

About Silicon & Software Systems
Silicon & Software Systems Ltd. (S3) is an established designer of communications infrastructure software and hardware solutions. embeddedMIND enables manufacturers of networking equipment to easily integrate advanced multi-protocol agent functionality, supporting CLI, SNMP, XML, Web GUI and TL1 interfaces. Visit www.embeddedmind.com.

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