Proponents of the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture standard are developing extensions of the standard with the goal of applying them to the data center environment. ATCA has been increasingly popular among network equipment vendors and their component suppliers who work in the telco network environment, but it has not been aimed specifically at the enterprise or data center markets up to this point.
The PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group, the pioneer ATCA standards group, announced the extension effort at Light Reading's ATCA and Communications Ecosystems Conference. Light Reading reports that the extensions could put ATCA in a battle with proprietary data center platforms from Hewlett-Packard and IBM. Neither of those companies have been ATCA backers for some time now, with H-P withdrawing its support back in late 2007.
- Light Reading has this report
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