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IBM Opens First-Of-Its-Kind Linux Testing Lab for Telecom Service Providers

Lab Helps Improve Development Process and Speeds Delivery for Next-Generation Network Services

ARMONK, NY - 26 Mar 2002: As telecommunications Service Providers (SPs) look to update, upgrade and reduce infrastructure expenses in existing and new services, more and more companies are tapping into open standards platforms such as Linux®.

IBM is working closely with the Open Source community to deliver Carrier-Grade Linux along with new features that will help independent software vendors (ISVs) create enhanced applications for Next Generation Networks running on Linux.

Building on its global Linux momentum, IBM is again leading the way for the latest innovations in Linux development by opening one of the first-of-its-kind Linux testing lab designed exclusively for the telecom industry to enable testing of Next Generation Network applications running on Linux in an Internet Protocol (IP)-based carrier network environment.

Located in Beaverton, Oregon, the Linux Service Provider Lab (LSPL) provides an environment to test and validate applications, including voice over IP, softswitch, next generation wireless applications, unified messaging and network services. The LSPL's signature open platforms allow SPs to have a greater range of equipment suppliers to help improve the competitive environment and reduce equipment costs.

The LSPL provides a Next Generation Network environment that allows application providers to have access to technology that will simulate "real world" network operations and enable the testing and verification of these solutions. Working with Intel, IBM is using Network Equipment Building System (NEBS) and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) certified IBM eServer* xSeries** systems in the lab to test Linux solutions for converged voice and data networks.

"IBM's solutions and services strength in the telecommunications complement Intel's open computing model building blocks," said Abhi Talwalkar, vice president and General Manager of Intel's Platforms Products Group. "Intel Architecture uniquely delivers the flexibility, choice, performance and value to address the evolving requirements of the telecom market today."

"We are delighted to be one of IBM's first participants in the work of the LSPL," said Michael O'Brien, CEO for GoAhead Software. "Validating GoAhead SelfReliant Service Availability middleware with IBM eServer platforms is a key step in building true Carrier-Grade solutions and is a major benefit to our mutual customers. The LSPL provides the means to accelerate delivery of integrated, cost-effective solutions to service providers."

"The LSPL will be a tremendous resource for ISVs in the telecom market to validate their applications on a Carrier-Grade class of Linux," said Jim Ready, President and CEO, Monta Vista Software. "ISVs will benefit by having the ability to effectively test their port from the Sun Solaris" platform to the emerging Carrier-Grade Linux platform. MontaVista Software flagship products including MontaVista Linux, MontaVista High Availability Framework and the upcoming Carrier-Grade class Linux products will be available in this lab."

"The new public network is defined by openness and interoperability," said Akshay Sharma, Director of Product Management, Convergent Networks. "Communications carriers are looking for innovation -- and that means the freedom to choose best-of-breed hardware and software solutions -- whether that's from a pioneering softswitch company like Convergent Networks, or an established leader like IBM. The new IBM eServer xSeries telecommunications portfolio delivers the kind of compelling performance, value and reliability that carriers demand."

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable telecommunications Service Providers and equipment suppliers to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. For more information, visit www.ibm.com. For information on IBM's telecommunications offerings, visit www.ibm.com/industries/telecom.

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*The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the descriptive term "server" following it.

** IBM and xSeries are trademarks of IBM Corporation.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation

Sun and Solaris are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc.

GoAhead is a registered trademark and SelfReliant and Service Availability are trademarks of GoAhead Software, Inc.

All other company, service and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact(s) information

Jeanne D. Orfinik
IBM Media Relations
(914) 642-5410
orfinik@us.ibm.com

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