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Telecoms Networks - Carrier Grade Linux Comes of Age

Sep 27, 2008, 00:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hans Juergen Rauscher)

"The promise of Linux that is robust enough to be used in telecoms networks has been a long time coming, but the fourth generation of specifications for Carrier Grade Linux is now becoming well-established.

"The future is always an exciting place. Remember the 'Star Trek' series, when the crew used communication systems or badges for translation, authentication and subspace links? Back on Earth, cell phones, PDAs and PCs continue to evolve toward those fictional devices, but users have the same expectations of features, availability, reliability, scalability and cost.

"We rely on communication networks made up of access points, aggregation and core devices plus servers for providing services and connecting end devices.

"The more users or calls a network carries, the less downtime is acceptable to the user or the network operator, and this has been a challenge for equipment suppliers. Five nines (99.999%) of uptime per year is a common requirement, with six nines (99.9999%) being requested for core components."

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