Speaking to developers at the Intel Developer Forum, Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general manager, Intel Communications Group, noted that the economic downturn in the communications industry and the explosion of the Internet has accelerated the need to shift from custom, low-volume proprietary solutions to standards-based, modular communications servers and equipment.
“Current conditions have compressed ten years of change in the communications industry into one year. To stay competitive, communications equipment providers must begin developing solutions with modular communications servers and equipment,” said Maloney.
Standards-based modular communications servers and equipment enable network equipment providers to deliver high-availability solutions on shorter development cycles and to lower costs. It also helps providers focus on value-add competencies such as application development and network systems integration. The servers and equipment are made up of standards-based hardware, carrier grade operating systems and high availability application programming interfaces (APIs).
“Most of Middle East countries will have abolished the monopolies within their national telecom companies within three years from now – some have already done so,” commented Gilbert Lacroix, general manager of Intel Middle East. “This will lead to continued growth of the Internet and more liberalization of pricing and subscription policies.”
“We at Intel will continue to address regional needs that will be born from this explosion and this announcement is proof of that,” added Lacroix.
Intel is currently working with over 100 companies to standardize the hardware, operating systems and software that will enable communications vendors to begin using the servers and equipment. An example of these efforts is Intel’s work with the PCI Industrial Manufacturers Group (PICMG) on the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA) specification, a key industry initiative for standard blade-based servers.
AdvancedTCA is an industry standard blade and chassis form factor specification that is optimized for communications and is designed to meet the scaleable requirements of communications applications through year 2010. This includes backplane capacity up to 4.5 terra bits per second, multi-protocol blade interfaces up to OC-768, RAM support beyond 8 GB/board, increased system availability and headroom for future increased performance processing.
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