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Intel calls for standardisation in communications sector

Intel has called for the adoption of standard blade-based communication servers and equipment. To support the notion, it has released modular platform design guides for hardware and software developers.

Intel has called for the adoption of standard blade-based communication servers and equipment. To support the notion, it has released modular platform design guides for hardware and software developers.

Traditionally, the communications sector has been marked by vertical stratification, with different vendors offering products that were incompatible with each other. Intel is pushing for horizontal stratification, which it says will enable network equipment providers to reduce development costs, speed time to market and increase flexibility.

Speaking at the Intel Developer Forum in Munich, Germany, Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general manager, Intel Communications Group, argued that the downturn in the communications industry and growth of Internet usage had boosted the need for modular communications equipment.

“Current conditions have compressed ten years of change in the communications industry into one year. To stay competitive, communications equipment providers must begin developing solutions with modular communication servers and equipment,” he said.

Intel’s modular platform design guide, also announced at the event, has received input from over 20 communications companies. It details implementation guidelines for interoperability on top of the base AdvancedTCA specification. There are also guidelines in building an AdvancedTCA compliant system, interoperability of key elements, usage models and provisioning and management.

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