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Carrier Grade Linux: Adoption and Deployments - page 6

CGL is Real and Building Momentum...

  • July 14, 2005
  • By Ibrahim Haddad

Today, three and a half years since the CGL initiative began, how might we rate the progress of CGL?

  • The CGL initiative has released three major CGL requirement definitions, 1.1, 2.0 and the latest is 3.1
  • There are five providers of CGL distributions that are registered against the CGL 2.0 requirement document--in addition to two distribution providers are in the process of completing their registrations
  • Over 20 platform providers and NEPs are offering CGL-based platforms and solutions
  • Carriers and Service Providers are deploying CGL-based platforms on their networks providing communications services to their subscribers

Linux with carrier grade characteristics provides an essential building block that allows TEMs and NEPs to build open communication platforms. The CGL initiative is a community effort: TEMs, NEPs and Carriers supply requirements; OSDL members gather requirements and create specifications; OSDL members, community, and ISVs implement projects; Distribution suppliers build and register CGL platforms; TEMs, NEPs and Carriers deploy. The initiative is based on cooperation between companies and individuals and participation is open to everyone.

Carrier Grade Linux is real! CGL 1.1 and CGL 2.0 based platforms and applications are shipping worldwide; CGL 3.1 distributions and platforms will be available in 2006.

Summing it best is this statement from a Computerworld The interview with Brian McFadden, Nortel CTO, dated January 14, 2005. McFadden was asked about technologies to watch in 2005:

"Another technology that will be important in 2005 is Linux in networks. It is now carrier-grade and picking up momentum. It is real, and it will continue to integrate in enterprise and carrier products."

The goal of the CGL initiative is to accelerate the development and deployment of Linux in the telecommunications' industry. So far, we are on target! The initiative is based on cooperation between companies and individuals and participation is open to everyone. Please consider this as an invitation to get involved in this effort and contribute to making Linux a viable operating system for communication platforms.

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About the author: Ibrahim Haddad is an OSDL member leading the Carrier Grade Linux Initiative and promoting the development and adoption of Linux in the communication industry. Prior to joining OSDL, he was a senior researcher at the Research and Innovation Department, of Ericsson Research Corporate, in Montreal, Canada, where he was involved with the server system architecture for 3G wireless IP networks. Ibrahim is a Contributing Editor for the Linux Journal and Linux Today, and is a frequent contributor to the O'Reilly Network, Unix Sys admin, LinuxWorld magazine, and Linux User and Developer. He is also a featured speaker and panelist at conferences such as Linux World, SuperComm, Real World Linux, Ottawa Linux Symposium, in addition to the more academic conferences held by IEEE, ACM, and USENIX. He is currently a Doctoral of Science Candidate at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, researching Scalable Architectures for High-Availability Web Server Clusters.

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