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October 22, 2010

MontaVista Releases Advanced Carrier Grade Edition Linux 6.0

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

MontaVista Software, which specializes in embedded Linux commercialization, announced the release of MontaVista (News - Alert) Linux Carrier Grade Edition or “CGE” 6.0, the new version of its carrier grade quality Linux development platform.

CGE 6.0 caters to the next generation multi-core architectures. Featuring the new MontaVista Bare Metal Engine and latest open-source technologies, it delivers extremely high performance and features new multi-core resource management capabilities to fully maximize multi-core designs.

The extended power management capabilities and support for commercial-off-the-shelf or “COTS” hardware enable network equipment provider or “NEPs” and telecom companies to lower their total cost of ownership or “TCO.”

It is important for NEPs to deliver the performance they need at a lower cost because they are always measured on a cost/performance basis. The new Bare Metal Engine or “BME” in CGE 6.0 enables NEPs to achieve this, according to company officials.

The BME provides a light-weight, configurable run-time environment that delivers RTOS performance inside a Linux environment. Based on standard Linux features, BME lets users create a dedicated environment to run Linux processes, providing bare-metal execution and performance all in Linux.

By offering multiple configurations, the BME in CGE 6.0 allows users to choose their own unique balance between system-services and no-overhead performance.

“The new Bare Metal Engine in CGE 6.0 delivers extremely high performance for multi-core architectures,” said Dan Cauchy, vice president of Marketing and Business Development at MontaVista.

“The first cross-platform support for Linux containers and KVM provides customers unmatched flexibility in multi-core application design,” Cauchy added. “Finally, support for OpenSAF 4.0 and the incorporation of advanced power management features in a carrier grade quality Linux provide the high availability and efficiency customers demand today.”

Previous versions of CGE have already achieved six 9's availability (99.9999 percent or less than 31.5 seconds of downtime per year) and has enabled administrators to update running systems in place, company officials said.

With CGE 6.0 MontaVista extends the high availability capability of CGE by incorporating OpenSAF 4.0, the latest version of the open source high availability software consistent with the Service Availability Forum or “SAF” specifications, they added.

According to Chris Rommel, senior analyst, at VDC Research, MontaVista's approach to virtualization and resource partitioning in CGE 6.0 with containers, KVM, and Bare Metal Engine offers customers alternatives to develop the solutions that best meet their requirements.

MontaVista Software, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cavium Networks (News - Alert), enables customers to enjoy faster time to market, more competitive device functionality, and lower total cost, so more devices have been deployed with MontaVista than with any other Linux.

Recently the company announced that Bofors in Sweden reportedly selected MontaVista Linux to power its new naval and artillery gun systems, TMCnet reported.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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