Corporate data networks can tolerate a lower degree of reliability than public switched networks, but the movement towards integrating voice and data requires a minimum of 99.999% availability.
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This has resulted in the formation of the High Availability on Intel Architecture Forum, whose aim is to develop a specification for Intel-based voice and data networking hardware.
Working to this standard is expected to speed up the development process and reduce hardware costs. In addition, compliant systems will all work together regardless of manufacturer, making it easier for users to tailor their systems without compromising availability.
The founder members of the forum are RadiSys, Motorola, Ziatech, LynuxWorks and GoAhead Software. They will work with Intel to develop a high availability capability set and application program interfaces.
David McKinley, RadiSys director of marketing, said, "The forum met for the first time in June to define the first phase of the development process, which is now underway. This will result in the publication of the capability set in the last quarter of this year. We have also invited iLogic to join the forum because of its expertise in telephony peripherals."
An Intel spokesman added, "The initiative came from the forum's founders and was driven by the increase in e-business over the Web. The standard will ensure very high availability based on the forum's hardware, operating system, and systems management specifications."