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October 20, 2009

MontaVista Releases Carrier Grade Edition Linux Edition

Helping engineers to focus their design efforts, MontaVista (News - Alert) Software  has released their carrier grade edition, or “CGE,” Linux with over 30 different Linux support packages, or “LSPs.” This makes MontaVista the first commercial Linux vendor to offer virtual routing and forwarding, or “VRF,” capabilities for secure wireless networks.
MontaVista Linux CGE includes an embedded Linux operating system designed for telecom and network equipment, including ATCA and MicroTCA (News - Alert)-based platforms, such as SGSNs, GGSNs and soft switches. It also enables the use of COTS hardware through its new virtual routing and forwarding capabilities.
The network equipment developers working with commercial-off-the-shelf, or “COTS,” or custom hardware often need high quality, high availability and long-term support in open source. Being a commercial-grade Linux development platform, MontaVista Linux CGE offers this support. The network equipment providers can also provide secure, innovative products at a lower cost with the help of MontaVista CGE 5.1.
Dan Cauchy, vice president of Marketing at MontaVista, said that the MontaVista Linux CGE is the most widely deployed carrier grade Linux in the world, currently in use at seven of the top eight network equipment providers.
“CGE 5.1 provides the functionality our customers require to deliver next generation wireless services,” Cauchy said. “MontaVista remains committed to helping our customers deliver innovative, market leading products, cost effectively and in a timely fashion.”
MontaVista CGE 5.1 frees developers from the burden of developing and supporting the required protocols as it offers the features and protocols required for next generation wireless networks like LTE and WiMAX (News - Alert). It also facilitates virtual routing and forwarding within Linux and combines open source high availability middleware solutions like OpenSAF consistent with service availability forum specifications.
Recently, the company announced continued support of Moblin, an optimized open source Linux software stack and application framework. Moblin v2 is the latest from, an open source community that supports the creation and distribution of Linux-based operating system products for Intel (News - Alert) Atom processor-based platforms, including netbooks, mobile Internet devices, net tops, in-vehicle infotainment and embedded systems.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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