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Simon Stanley, Independent Analyst, Light Reading
; Leo Samson, Wind River
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Fact: 25 to 50 percent of network downtime is due to software faults.
Unplanned downtime is costly for both equipment manufacturers and service providers. With the amount of software in equipment doubling every two years, equipment downtime is increasingly due to software faults. The cost of software-related downtime is non-trivial.
Industry leaders are rolling out solutions that prevent and rapidly diagnose/resolve faults in software in deployed equipment.
Key points when considering a solution:
• Software verification to catch more bugs before release: Product validation (i.e., black-box tests) is commonplace. Is it enough? Industry leaders focus closely on software verification (i.e., rigorous, white-box tests) on the large code-base embedded in equipment. Complete software verification of running software in near-complete products will increase uptime of deployed equipment. For example, inducing failure modes by injecting faults into running applications characterizes the response and resiliency of the system.
• Streamlined software support: Industry leaders take a one-two approach to streamline support processes. Preventative is first. Extending the work during software verification, OEMs design-in software that monitors, and at the appropriate time or condition, takes corrective actions to reduce downtime. Rapid resolution is second. Of course, complex software will eventually have failures. Taking this into account, OEMs design a system with fault-documenting nodes, infrastructure to archive and disseminate fault data, and a mechanism to “hitlessly” patch software to fix in deployed equipment.
Join Wind River’s Leo Samson and industry expert Simon Stanley for a one-hour forum on trends, industry challenges, and the current industry solutions available now to prevent network outage – including a live Q&A!
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