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Wind River Introduces Yocto Project Compatible Carrier Grade Linux

Wind River®, a world leader in embedded and mobile software, has introduced the Wind River Linux Carrier Grade (CG) Profile for the latest version of Wind River Linux. Formally registered for the CGL 5.0 specification with the Linux Foundation, the profile is the first delivery of Carrier Grade Linux functionalities on top of a Yocto Project Compatible product.

With Wind River Linux as a base, the Wind River Linux CG Profile gives customers a turnkey platform that allows them to meet their CGL requirements. Additional profiles for Wind River Linux will continue to be developed to address a variety of market specific needs. The mix and match nature of these profiles for Wind River Linux offers developers flexibility and choice to meet a diverse range of specialized needs.

Carrier Grade Linux registration requires several key requirements to be met, including compliance to standards, support for highly available hardware, serviceability, performance, high availability, clustering and security. Carrier-grade products typically require up to 5 nines or 6 nines (99.999 to 99.9999 percent) availability, translating to downtime as low as 30 seconds a year. Additionally, given rising network traffic growth and the associated need for greater security of this data, the CGL requirements designed to help make systems more reliable and resistant to attacks become even more significant. Carrier grade is a hard requirement for networking devices, but can also apply to large corporate infrastructures, data centers, and highly mobile devices.

“We’ve taken our knowledge and proven technologies for the networking industry and carrier grade requirements and extended it with Yocto Project compatibility. Carrier grade is essential as it not only establishes essential capabilities on which companies can build the next generation of intelligent network devices, but also provides a sound technology foundation for a broad spectrum of embedded Linux based solutions,” said Chris Buerger, senior director of open platform products at Wind River. “Additionally, the combination of our market leading commercial embedded Linux with world-class support and long-term maintenance, vertical market and technology-specific profiles, and advanced tools provide the ultimate starting point for embedded Linux innovation.”

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