Hewlett-Packard on Thursday unveiled plans to create a portfolio of products and services, including a telecom industry standard server, for companies selling equipment into the telecom service provider market. HP refers to those companies as network-equipment providers.
"The opportunity exists to bring the benefits and price-performance advantages of commercial, off-the-shelf, standard components to the very specialized, and traditionally proprietary, carrier network," says Joy King, director of network and service-provider solutions for HP.
"The problem has been that while everyone wants the price-performance advantages, nobody is willing to, nor should have to, give up the specialized environment and requirements of carrier networks, which include everything from density to form factor and specific requirements like earthquake protection," she says.
HP's Advanced Open Telecom Platform will include rack-mount, blade, and custom server designs. In addition, the platform will include carrier-grade Linux, telecom network software, management software, testing and validation, and consulting and integration services.
As part of Advanced Open Telecom Platform, HP in 2005 plans to introduce a telecom-specific blade server based on the emerging Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture industry standard.