Sharon Smith writes "Aims to Bring Telco Capability to Popular Enterprise Applications, and Interoperability to Telecom ISV Solutions
PETALUMA, Calif. – Oct. 31, 2006 – OpenClovis, Inc. today announced it will launch several new open source projects that aim to provide high availability and carrier grade capabilities, which are required by the telecommunications industry, to popular open source telephony and enterprise applications. At the same time, the company will also promote additional open source projects to accelerate the pre-integration of open source telecom Independent Software Vendor (ISV) solutions with its own commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS), open source, high availability service application platform.
“With the convergence of IT and telecommunications infrastructures, it will be beneficial for open source telephony and enterprise applications to achieve the ‘six nines’ reliability that is essential for the telecommunications market, by integrating with OpenClovis,” said V.K. Budhraja, CEO of OpenClovis. “On the other hand, the convergence of IP and voice networks is driving the need for a standards-based, open architecture platform on which to develop next generation telecommunications products. Integrated telecom software solutions, such as those we are also proposing with these projects, can cut time-to-market and total cost-of-ownership, and reduce the complexity of development for equipment providers.”
The enterprise projects would develop integrations and provide linkages to incorporate open source enterprise applications with the OpenClovis Application Service Platform (ASP), an open source, carrier grade, high availability management software platform. Applications could include solidDB for MySQL, which combines the strength of the MySQL Server and solidDB into a robust online transaction processing (OLTP) database that allows businesses to use an open source relational database for mission-critical applications. Other applications might include Web servers such as Apache, telephony and VoIP applications such as Asterisk and Yate, network management applications such as OpenNMS, and various Java and Linux-based application-ready execution environments.
“Today’s communications organizations are being forced to rapidly deliver new value-added content and services, operate more efficiently, and increase customer satisfaction,” said Kaj Arnö, vice president of open source community relations for MySQL AB. “Open source has become a proven method for meeting these challenges, and we applaud OpenClovis’ outreach to the open source telecom world.”
“Our own survey of IT professionals earlier this year demonstrated enterprise demand for open source solutions that ensure mission critical applications have uninterrupted, real-time access to information,” said Paola Lubet, vice president of marketing and business development, Solid Information Technology. “Solid partnered with MySQL to bring our proven, robust OLTP database technology to open source. We welcome this initiative by OpenClovis and we share with them the commitment to drive the “six nines” availability to both the communications industry and the broader enterprise application market.”
Additional open source projects would provide pre-integration of the OpenClovis COTS open source ASP with open source telecom applications, such as Vovida VoIP, Vyatta OFR and XORP routing stacks, to provide plug-and-play, interoperable, high availability solutions that would help speed next generation equipment to market, and at lower cost.
These new projects, collectively called ClovisForge, are associated with the existing OpenClovis Software Project, which aims to provide the telecommunications industry with an extensive set of high-quality, modular and reusable software components and tools that are standards-based and designed to be hardware- and operating system (OS)- agnostic.
The OpenClovis ASP is suitable for a wide range of carrier grade network elements, and its usage ranges from broadband access devices for technologies such as DSL, PON, 3G/WiMAX, to metro Ethernet and edge switches/routers, IPTV application servers and IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) core elements.
OpenClovis products are offered and supported under the dual GNU Public License (GPL) open source and commercial license model that has already proved successful for other open source software companies. Major corporations such as AT&T, HP, IBM, Intel and Wind River have already pledged support for the OpenClovis open source approach.
The OpenClovis application project will begin accepting submissions for priority project ideas immediately. Project selection will begin January 2007 with the first project Web launch to be scheduled shortly thereafter. For more information, please visit www.openclovis.org.
OpenClovis (www.openclovis.com) provides a premier open source, commercial off-the-shelf application service platform for the telecommunications industry. The OpenClovis platform is designed to reduce the cost of developing telecommunications equipment and accelerate time to market by providing developers with a flexible, standards-based software platform available under both open source and commercial licenses. With OpenClovis, telecommunication and network equipment manufacturers have the tools to quickly and easily add a management and high availability platform on which to build their differentiated applications. OpenClovis has received investment backing from American River Ventures, AT&T, Intel Capital, Sevin Rosen Funds and Walden International. The company has partnerships with industry leaders such as HP and IBM.
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