Force Demos 'Zero-Downtime' System

Force Computers demonstrates EndurX software framework for 'zero-downtime' system services on ATCA and PICMG 2.16 platforms

June 3, 2003

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ATLANTA -- Force Computers, a Solectron company and a leader in embedded computing, today unveiled two demonstrations of its EndurX(tm) software framework for "zero-downtime" communications system services on separate AdvancedTCA(tm) (ATCA) and PICMG® 2.16 compliant platforms. Both platforms adhere to the open-specifications philosophies of the Service Availability(tm) Forum that enable implementing off-the-shelf software components via industry-standard interfaces. Thus, manageability, availability and serviceability (MAS) of communications services are optimized. Also, showing EndurX software on two different platforms reinforces the value behind the industry's transition to modular communications platforms, enabling the rapid deployment/portability of next-generation, carrier-grade applications across multiple platform architectures. Through the standard interfaces and architectures characteristic of the modular approach, OEMs can select the most cost-effective solutions for their applications.

"With a modular approach to our communications platforms design, Force commits to innovating interoperable building-blocks that expedite development and lower the cost of equipment for next-generation communications infrastructure providers," said Chris Williams, Force vice president and general manager of product and strategic marketing and engineering. "Today, we affirm this commitment with demos of the integrated EndurX suite on Force ATCA and PICMG 2.16 platforms."

Traditionally, High Availability systems only offered 99.999 percent uptime -- or "five nines" -- on a component or subsystem level, forcing OEMs to integrate hardware and software on their own. But, by building on Force's High Availability Architecture and the Service Availability Forum open specifications, Force's EndurX platform gives OEMs a value-added, platform-agnostic solution, scaleable across multiple chassis and highly interoperable with third-party components -- which, as they become SA Forum compliant, will serve to complement the EndurX software stack.

"Transitioning to a modular network has brought on a great need for highly reliable system availability, capable of continuous service in Central Offices or other inaccessible environments," said Anthony Ambrose, general manager of the Modular Platform Programs division. "Designed to meet ETSI and NEBS Level 3 requirements, Force's ATCA and PICMG 2.16 EndurX platforms offer solutions enabling maximum uptime."

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