Red Hat Targets Carrier-Grade Telecom

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Red Hat Targets Carrier-Grade Telecom

Red Hat, makers of the popular Red Hat Linux distribution, is expanding their footprint in telecommunications with the acquisition of Mobicents technology and its new membership to the SCOPE alliance, an alliance dedicated towards building carrier-grade platforms.  Red Hat will work to provide the infrastructure software, platforms and tools to enable a next-generation service creation environment, and advanced delivery and management within the telecommunications industry.

“As the telecommunications industry undergoes fundamental transformation, traditional Telcos must prepare for a new competitive environment that demands greater innovation, faster time to market, responsible investment and new ways of thinking,” said Joanne Rohde, Executive Vice President of Verticals Marketing at Red Hat.

“Open Source is becoming strategic in Telecom, not only as a means to reduce costs, but as a model to inspire collaboration, inclusion and reuse – and to drive innovation.  Today, Red Hat software is routinely deployed in mission-critical Telco IT and Network environments around the world.  Through our investment in Mobicents, our alignment with the SCOPE Alliance and strong commitment to standards, we look forward to establishing Red Hat and open source software as fundamental building blocks for the successful Telcom companies of the future.”

Mobicents adds a Service Logic Execution Environment (SLEE) to Red Hat's technology portfolio. It complements J2EE to enable convergence of voice, video and data in next-generation intelligent applications.  In the telecommunications industry with call setup transactions as many as ten times the number of web data transactions per second, Mobicents enables high throughput with low latency.  

Mobicents is a highly scalable event-driven application server with a robust component model and fault tolerant execution environment that is effective beyond the telecommunications industry. It is the first and only Open Source Platform certified for JSLEE 1.0 compliance.  Web and SIP can be combined together to achieve a more sophisticated and natural user experience.  In fact, Mobicents claims to be the most popular Open Source SIP Application Server for the Java platform.

Mobicents also provides a network abstraction layer that insulates developers from the underlying complexities of legacy telecommunications network protocols and enables rapid development of new services and seamless deployment across IP and legacy Telco networks.

Red Hat intends to develop a communications platform offering that integrates Mobicents with the broader Red Hat middleware offerings.  More information about subscription product offerings will be available later this year.  In the interim, Red Hat will offer a pilot/beta program and a “bridge support” offering for development and deployment of production applications and solutions that incorporate Mobicents technology.
"JSLEE is an important emerging industry standard for even-driven architecture that is gaining its early traction in telecommunications industry," said Yefim Natis, vice president and distinguished analyst, Gartner. " An open source offering in this space extends the available options for users looking into event-driven computing and architecture."

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