SCOPE Alliance

May 18, 2011 08:00 ET

SCOPE Alliance Examines Advancements in Carrier Grade Base Platforms, Releases Cloud Computing White Paper

"Technology Advances in Carrier Grade Base Platforms" Workshop Attendees Discuss the Growing Use of Standards-Based and Proprietary Commercial Off-the-Shelf Platforms; New White Paper Provides Industry Thought Leader Perspectives on Telecom Grade Cloud Computing

PISCATAWAY, NJ--(Marketwire - May 18, 2011) - SCOPE Alliance, an association of leading Network Equipment Providers (NEPs), hosted its "Technology Advances in Carrier Grade Base Platforms" member workshop last week at the historic Maison de la Chimie ("the House of Chemistry") in Paris, France.

Executive presenters from SCOPE Alliance member companies offered a variety of industry expert perspectives on key hardware and software platform technology advancements and industry trends that impact Carrier Grade Base Platforms (CGBPs).

Presenters and attendees examined the ATCA technology evolution, PICMG ATCA extensions, and processor, memory, power and thermal trends, among others, with the goal of identifying cost-effective ways to improve power efficiency and increase backplane bandwidth.

"We made some real headway towards identifying the opportunities and challenges that recent carrier grade base platforms technology advances and trends present, and we set the stage for ongoing discussion among industry leaders -- the members of SCOPE Alliance," said SCOPE Alliance Board of Directors' Chairperson Timo Jokiaho.

Telecom Grade Cloud Computing White Paper

Immediately following the workshop, SCOPE released its "Telecom Grade Cloud Computing" white paper now available at The white paper describes the distinct characteristics that make cloud computing usable for telecom and real-time services. It provides a telecom perspective for cloud computing standardization efforts and creates a common work agenda for SCOPE in its relationship with various standardization bodies.

"The SCOPE Alliance mission is to advance the objectives of a vibrant and diverse COTS ecosystem to provide platform components and solutions that address the carrier-grade base platform requirements needed for telecom systems," said SCOPE Alliance Technical Officer, Brian Moore. "Cloud computing is a significant new IT platform paradigm that has potential applications in telecom. This white paper introduces some of the carrier grade platform characteristics which Cloud Computing architectures need to meet to be viable solutions for telecom applications."

About SCOPE Alliance Workshops
SCOPE Alliance plans to host several workshops each year. SCOPE Alliance workshops provide opportunity for open, focused discussions among SCOPE Alliance members and help set direction for future SCOPE Alliance work. Workshops are open to SCOPE Alliance members only. Join SCOPE Alliance at

About SCOPE Alliance
The SCOPE Alliance is an association of Network Equipment Providers aimed at accelerating the deployment of Carrier Grade Base Platforms for service provider applications. Its mission is to enable and promote the availability of open Carrier Grade Base Platforms for service provider applications. Its mission is to enable and promote the availability of open Carrier Grade Base Platforms based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software building blocks, and to promote interoperability to better serve Service Providers and consumers. For more information about the SCOPE Alliance, visit