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Carrier-Grade Systems: A Global Telecom Mandate

Product downtime can mean millions in lost revenue and even lost customers. In today's "always on" and competitive business climate, telecom and networking equipment providers must deliver products with even higher reliability, availability, security, and power efficiency than ever before to meet the demands of the next-generation networks

Let Wind River help you overachieve your business goals with our industry-leading carrier-grade solutions.

Carrier-grade commonly refers to 99.999% (five nines) availability in a single network element or application. This means any one piece of equipment can have no more than four minutes of downtime per year.

Achieving this level of availability requires equipment to have multiple carrier-grade characteristics:

  • An industry proven carrier-grade software foundation
  • High availability middleware to eliminate a single failure becoming catastrophic
  • Serviceability, to debug or service an application in the field and quickly establish root cause of any problem
  • Performance, optimized for higher levels of compute and packet processing through multicore software
  • Scalability, from small networks to large IP Multimedia Subsystems without network outages
  • Efficiency, with power management and consolidation
  • Secure network transactions and secure product and network operations, administration, maintenance, and provisioning and network protection from viruses and denial-of-service and other security attacks

At Wind River, we take carrier-grade very seriously.

  • Our broad portfolio of software solutions helps customers achieve the highest level of system availability and uptime.
  • Our field-proven deterministic and carrier-grade operating systems, VxWorks and Wind River Linux, have been integrated with the leading silicon partners and standards-based ATCA hardware systems and high availability middleware technologies.
  • Our comprehensive development and test tools enable higher code quality and reliability.
  • Our multicore software solutions are optimized for performance and efficiency.
  • Our run-time technologies include built-in security features.
  • Our integration with partner technologies help us create more complete solutions, ready for your carrier grade applications.
  • Our expert design services and superior support organization can help you achieve successful carrier-grade deployments.

Find out why all of the top 20 global telecom and networking equipment providers depend on Wind River. Schedule a meeting today with our experts and see what Wind River can offer you.

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Carrier Grade Defined

Mike Langlois, Wind River's General Manager for Networking and Telecommunications, discusses what makes a system carrier grade.

Carrier-Grade Resources

Achieving increased product reliability and uptime can be a huge competitive differentiator. Find out more about the different characteristics of carrier grade.

Download white paperWhite Paper: Carrier Grade Linux: High Service Availability for the Next-Generation Network
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The operating system is central for achieving high availability blade servers. It results in low failure rates, hence, low maintenance cost. It is robust against traffic overloads and malicious software and provides a comprehensive set of fault management features resulting in effective fault detection and repair.

Download checklistChecklist: 10-Point Checklist for Building Carrier Grade Network Elements
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Because today's network products are built from third-party operating systems, middleware, processors, and often complete off-the-shelf systems, network equipment providers (NEPs) depend on these subsystem suppliers to address many of the carrier grade details. The following checklist is intended to assist equipment developers in determining whether they have considered all aspects of NGN carrier grade.

Download white paperWhite Paper: Leveraging Multicore Software Solutions to Achieve High-Performing Network Elements
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Public and private networks are being transformed into multilayered, packet-based networks. Commonly referred to as Next-Generation Networks (NGN), they provide a wide range of new and evolving services and applications. As data and video traffic surpass voice and fixed services move to mobile, Internet Protocol–based broadband technologies are being deployed to meet the demands of the ever increasing growth in bandwidth.

Download case studyWeb Seminar: Top 5 Improvements for Embedded Software Testing
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Join us as Jon Hagar, Test Consultant and Embedded Software Specialist, and Paul Henderson, Vice President of Device Test at Wind River, will propose a Top 5 list of embedded software test improvement areas that need consideration in this market climate.

Download case studyArticle: Raising the Bar: Carrier Grade Linux Specification 4.0

The new Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) specification has immediate, ongoing benefits for everyone who develops, deploys, and uses Linux-based software for communications-based applications. The 4.0 specification accelerates standards-based COTS adoption.

Download case studyCase Study: Airvana Hits the Accelerator on Time-to-Market

An integrated ATCA solution helps a leading network infrastructure provider cut development time frames and costs.

Carrier-Grade Resources

Carrier Grade Linux for Next-Generation Networking

Carrier Grade Linux: The OS of Choice for Next-Generation Networks
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Strategies for Developing Multifunction IMS Systems
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Wind River Linux 3.0 CGL 4.0 Registration

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