GoAhead Software Joins Linux Foundation
Leading provider of COTS software for network equipment manufacturers joins Foundation to enhance open source business strategy
SAN FRANCISCO, January 11, 2011 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that GoAhead Software is its newest member.
GoAhead is a worldwide leader in commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions for network equipment manufacturers. GoAhead’s platform includes high availability middleware to ensure 99.999% availability of applications and a management infrastructure for networked elements and devices that require multiple management interfaces. GoAhead’s solutions are used in more than 65,000 deployments, and its customers include Alcatel-Lucent, Lockheed Martin, Motorola and Northrop Grumman, among others.
In October, GoAhead announced a variety of major milestones that have contributed to a near doubling of revenue on a comparable quarter basis (http://www.goahead.com/company/pressreleases/101910.aspx ). GoAhead cites the company’s recent and successful shift to an open source-based strategy as one of the primary drivers for this growth.
The success of Linux in the telecommunications infrastructure market is helping to fuel demand for the OS in mobile and consumer electronics. Companies like GoAhead see the breadth of opportunity for using Linux as a core part of their business and technology strategy.
“Linux has become the primary operating system in the telecommunications market. An increasing number of our customers use it in their network equipment and systems,” said Bill Yaman, Senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, GoAhead. “Our Linux Foundation membership will help us to actively participate in the collaborative development model and advance both our company strategy as well as Linux overall.”
“Linux is powering the next-generation of telecommunications infrastructure because of its unique ability to provide high-performance capabilities for network equipment and devices,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs at The Linux Foundation. “We’re excited to have GoAhead’s participation as Linux takes center stage in this market.”
The Linux Foundation is home the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) workgroup, which is focused on working with network equipment providers and carriers to gather requirements and produce specifications that Linux distribution vendors can implement, and to take unimplemented requirements and foster development projects that will meet these requirements and assist in upstream integration.
GoAhead will also participate in various Linux Foundation events for their technical focus and cross-education opportunities.
About GoAhead Software
GoAhead Software is the worldwide leader in commercial off-the-shelf solutions for equipment manufacturers who recognize that scarce development resources should be allocated to building applications and not infrastructure. Our software platform includes high availability middleware to ensure 99.999% availability of applications as well as a management infrastructure for networked devices that require multiple management interfaces. GoAhead’s leadership and commitment to Service Availability Forum standards prevent vendor lock-in and ensures application portability across different hardware and software platforms. Proven in over 65,000 deployments, GoAhead is helping industry leaders such as Motorola, Alcatel-Lucent, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman reduce development costs and accelerate time to delivery. For more information, visit www.goahead.com .
About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation  is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting technical events , including LinuxCon , and generating original Linux research  and content that advances the understanding of the Linux platform. Its web properties, including Linux.com , reach approximately two million people per month. The organization also provides extensive Linux training  opportunities that feature the Linux kernel community’s leading experts as instructors. Follow The Linux Foundation on Twitter. 
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