LVL7 Systems Supports Wind River Linux Platform for Network Equipment

LVL7 Systems, Inc., the leading provider of production-ready networking software, today announced its commitment to support the Wind River(R) Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition. The complementary solution of LVL7′s FASTPATH(R) software combined with Wind River’s Linux-based device software platforms provides a shared customer base of networking OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) with solid support for high-end network devices spanning the enterprise and telecom market sectors.

Future 2.6 Linux-based releases of the LVL7′s FASTPATH software will be developed, tested, and certified using Wind River’s platform as the core device software operating system (OS). Because Wind River VxWorks is the other dominant OS chosen by OEMs in FASTPATH-powered projects, the Linux commitment makes Wind River the preferred OS supplier for LVL7′s product activities.

“The fundamental architecture of FASTPATH software is compatible with multiple operating systems, but focusing our ongoing development and integration activities toward a single OS supplier who addresses both Linux and VxWorks is a smart move for LVL7 and our manufacturing customers,” said Dave King, LVL7′s vice president of marketing and strategy. “We both benefit from a stronger, more strategic relationship with a primary partner like Wind River. Their products, development tools, and quality have a favorable and well-deserved reputation across the Linux community and the industry at large.”

As always, OEM customer preference remains the driving factor in OS decisions for Ethernet systems and devices; however, LVL7 believes manufacturers will favor its Linux decision.

“RadiSys leverages FASTPATH as the core networking software for switch modules in our Promentum(TM) family of ATCA (Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture) products,” said Venkataraman Prasannan, RadiSys’ senior director AdvancedTCA PLM. “Since our company is already a Wind River Linux user and Partner, we see strong synergy behind LVL7′s commitment.”

Based on the LVL7′s Linux commitment, Wind River has invited LVL7 to join its ecosystem program of hardware and software companies as a Platform Partner, recognizing LVL7 as a top tier industry supplier. Program activities will enable the two companies to build a closer relationship and achieve better alignment on technologies, development and marketing roadmaps, and product integration efforts – all of which benefit mutual OEM customers.

“We’re delighted with LVL7′s commitment to Wind River technology and pleased to build on the relationship we’ve established over the past several years,” said Glenn Seiler, Linux product line manager at Wind River. “The strategic alignment between our two companies – with LVL7′s efforts in production-ready networking software and Wind River’s leadership in Device Software Optimization – is pointed toward the same goal of making customers successful with proven solutions that reduce time-to-market schedules. That complementary focus says a lot about the strength of our relationship and the future potential for working more closely together.”

The first FASTPATH software release based on the new Linux kernel from Wind River will be the 4.5 version scheduled to be introduced in the second quarter of next year.

About LVL7
LVL7 Systems, Inc. creates production-ready networking software that enables communication system manufacturers to reduce development costs and deliver IP/Ethernet products to market faster. Integrated with the industry’s leading silicon and embedded operating systems, the company’s FASTPATH(R) software portfolio spans the small-medium business, enterprise, wireless LAN, and telecom access marketplaces. LVL7 is a privately held company located near Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

LVL7, the LVL7 logo, and FASTPATH(R) are trademarks of LVL7 Systems, Inc. Wind River and VxWorks are registered trademarks of Wind River Systems, Inc. RadiSys(R) is a registered trademark and Promentum(TM) is a trademark of RadiSys Corporation. Linux(R) is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries.