Motorola Paves Way for 6NINES Telecom Applications With High Availability Linux Offering for OEMs Developing IP, ATM Networks
New HA Linux 3.0 Provides Comprehensive Availability Management, Fault
Management and Configuration Management Features That are Tightly Integrated
With Motorola's MXP Platform
TEMPE, Ariz., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Motorola Computer Group, a part of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), today announced the newest version of its advanced high availability software based on the Linux(R) operating system, designed to help telecommunications original equipment manufactures (OEMs) quickly bring to market applications that require high availability in a distributed environment. With this offering, Motorola has taken significant steps toward providing the key operating system features required for 6NINES availability, or the equivalent of 30 seconds or less of downtime annually. Motorola is introducing considerable new features and functions with this HA Linux software release, including hot software upgrade, distributed event management, distributed communications, remote monitoring/configuration and enhanced checkpoint services. Motorola, with extensive customer input, has identified these features as key for developing applications to help meet the stringent requirements of next generation telecom networks. "Achieving 30 seconds or less downtime a year cannot be achieved by hardware or software alone; the two must be tightly integrated," said Charles deTranaltes, business manager, Motorola Computer Group's telecommunications business. "The release of the new HA Linux 3.0, coupled with our award- winning carrier-grade CompactPCI(R) systems, is an important milestone in our on-going quest to improve uptime and service continuity for customers. In this software release, we have not only made tremendous strides in features and functionality, we have also identified those key areas which must be enhanced in order to officially deliver 6NINES availability in the near term." Targeted at OEMs developing mission-critical applications such as softswitches, media gateways and SS7 gateways, HA Linux 3.0 provides comprehensive high-availability software for Motorola's new award-winning Multi-Service Packet Transport Platform (MXP). An embedded applications platform, the MXP platform helps provide the industry's fastest throughput (more than 700Gb/s) with the flexibility and scalability needed to help deliver multiple services that can connect to different networks-IP, Frame Relay and ATM for example. General availability of HA Linux 3.0 is expected in the second quarter of 2002 in concert with the full production release of the MXP platform. HA Linux 3.0 Sets the 6NINES Bar with Five Critical Features The new HA Linux 3.0 provides telecom OEMs with a solid building block to achieve 6NINES availability by meeting five basic criteria with strong product features: Hot Software Upgrade The software upgrade feature allows customers to upgrade software components on a system that is providing service without affecting service levels. Software components that can be upgraded include firmware, operating system and application components. A state machine approach is used with a rollback function so that recovery can occur from any upgrade failure. Distributed Event Management/Event Director HA Linux 3.0 enables system events to be distributed over a network via a reliable, redundant communication path. Failover policies can be managed in a networked environment. As a result, system designers can now accommodate geographic failures when architecting system designs. Remote Monitoring/Configuration HA Linux 3.0 provides an SNMP interface to all Event Manager and Event Director commands. Administering and monitoring of a system can be performed from a central location to any system on the network. This feature allows active management of a system that may be located in a remote location where service response times to failures may be prohibitive. Checkpoint Services The checkpoint services feature provides a framework for applications to exchange data over a TCP/IP connection. Checkpoint services reduce switchover time, allowing higher re-start models to be employed. Reducing switchover time is a key component to achieving 6NINES service availability levels. "By expanding the proven capabilities of its previous HA Linux offerings, Motorola continues to drive the development of embedded Linux by enabling OEMs to base their distributed applications on a reliable, off-the-shelf platform with a rich development environment," said Harvey J. Hindin, vice president, High Availability Services at D.H. Brown Associates. "HA Linux 3.0 is another clear example of how Motorola continues to be a leader in the high availability market with comprehensive hardware/software solutions needed to speed development of mission-critical applications. In a world where every second of downtime means lost revenue and dissatisfied customers, telecom OEMs and service providers will applaud Motorola's conscientious drive toward moving the industry in the direction of future 6NINES availability." "As the telecom industry cautiously moves towards all-packet networks, our OEM customers require both hardware and software that can handle their customers' distributed environments. We're committed to giving them what they need," said deTranaltes. "Our new HA Linux 3.0 software, coupled with our award-winning platform, provides our customers with a comprehensive system management solution that monitors failures and facilitates seamless switchover to redundant resources. The combination of hardware and software sets this offering apart in the marketplace, as a developer can now focus entirely on developing their application rather than integrating disparate off-the-shelf hardware and software products." For more information on HA Linux and to download a whitepaper, visit www.motorola.com/linux . About Motorola Motorola Computer Group is a business unit of the Motorola Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS). It is the world's leading supplier of embedded computing platforms for equipment manufacturers in telecommunications, military and aerospace, medical equipment and industrial automation, with core competencies in services and training, design, manufacturing and systems integration capabilities. 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