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IBM, Motorola to jointly develop computing platforms for telecom apps

IBM Corp. and Motorola Computer Group plan to work together to promote standards-based computing platform technolog...


June 23, 2004  


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IBM Corp. and Motorola Computer Group plan to work together to promote standards-based computing platform technologies for telecommunications based on IBM’s eServer BladeCenter system.

As part of the agreement announced today at SuperComm 2004 in Chicago, IBM will incorporate Motorola’s Service Availability Forum (SAF) Application Interface Specification (AIS) software in a future version of its recently announced eServer Integrated Platform for Telecommunications (IP-T).

“(We) are both strong supporters of the movement to open computing platforms for telecommunications equipment manufacturers and carriers,” said Jim Pertzborn, vice president, telecommunications industry, IBM Systems and Technology Group.

The companies said in a statement they are committed to the new Open Communications Architecture Forum (OCAF), Carrier Grade Operating Environment (CGOE) and Linux operating system.

Both are working to accelerate the acceptance of CGOE as the standards-based environment of choice for deploying commercial-off the shelf (COTS) technology in telecom applications and platforms.

“This collaboration reflects the move to a COTS-based computing infrastructure to support the convergence of enterprise and communications applications in the telecom industry,” said Wendy Vittori, corporate vice president and general manager, Motorola Computer Group.

Subsequent announcements will detail development plans.