upSuite High Availability Middleware Program Successfully Ported to Linux

    September 7, 2004

Product Enables 99.999% Availability of Telecom and Enterprise Networking Applications Using Carrier-Grade Linux on Intel Architecture-Based Platforms.

Continuous Computing announced that its popular upSuite High Availability (HA) middleware program has been successfully ported to the Linux operating system to support easy deployment of mission-critical telecom infrastructure and enterprise networking applications. upSuite HA for Linux has been optimized for modular communications platforms using Intel Xeon and Pentium processors on AdvancedTCA, CompactPCI, and rackmount server form factors.

upSuite HA is an award-winning middleware product that provides application-transparent high availability for essential telecom central office functions such as billing, OAM&P (operations, administration, maintenance, and provisioning), call processing, and network element management. Employing a simple active/standby architecture, upSuite HA for Linux offers the following three primary capabilities:

— Provides real-time file replication at the file-system level;

— Provides sub-second detection of critical hardware, software, or network faults; and

— Enables sub-second failover from an active to a standby server to ensure continuous service operation.

A typical deployment application for upSuite HA is a “hot standby” backup server for a billing system. Using redundant connectivity over a regular TCP/IP network, upSuite HA enables the backup server to instantly become operational and active in the event of a failure of the primary server. Additionally, when the primary server is restored and brought back online, upSuite HA rapidly and efficiently synchronizes the file systems of the two machines with minimal impact on the performance of the main application, in this case the billing system.

A key distinguishing feature of upSuite HA is that it is extremely easy to install, maintain, and use because it is application transparent and can be easily integrated into a wide array of telecommunication and enterprise networking applications. In addition, upSuite HA is equally applicable to Continuous Computing’s AdvancedTCA product family as well as the Flex21 cPCI product line since the middleware was designed to work in heterogeneous hardware environments of dissimilar processors and disk storage methods.

“Carrier-grade Linux is becoming much more pervasive in Tier 1 telecom infrastructure, particularly for products like soft-switches and signaling gateways that support next-generation packet services,” stated Ken Kalb, chief executive officer of Continuous Computing. “upSuite HA is the right product at the right time to quickly and affordably enable 99.999% reliable performance for nearly any Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or 3G Wireless network element. The popularity of carrier-grade Linux coupled with the simplicity of high availability enabled by upSuite HA is a winning combination.”

“Continuous Computing recognizes the time-to-market value of modular communications platforms based on industry standards and built on Intel Architecture with the Linux operating system,” commented Anthony Ambrose, general manager, Modular Platform Programs of Intel Corporation. “Products like upSuite HA continue the momentum of solutions utilizing the open-source model and deliver on the demand for mission-critical telecom and enterprise networking applications.”

upSuite HA for Linux supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES 9.0. Additional product information may be obtained at the company’s exhibit within the Intel Communications Alliance Summit 2004 Pavilion of the Intel Developer Forum located at the Moscone South Convention Center in San Francisco, from September 7-9.

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