NTT Data Intellilink, the systems integration arm of NTT, said Thursday that it has become a member of the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global Linux advocacy group that counts among its members several leading Linux providers including IBM, Red Hat, Hewlett-Packard and SuSE Linux. OSDL provides services such as testing to promote the use of Linux in high-end computers.
Linux is being adopted widely by businesses in several industries, such as finance and banking, as a cost-effective replacement for servers that run Windows or Unix. But Linux has not made the same impact in the, according to Linux providers. Systems for the telecommunications market, which often demand high reliability and performance, are typically built around the Unix operating system or Windows Server.
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"We think that there are several challenges for open-source software in mission-critical systems," Kou Miyake, CEO of NTT Data Intellilink, said in a statement. "We believe that OSDL provides a unique bridge between users, vendors and open-source communities."
OSDL said that the participation of NTT Data in the group will help drive the adoption of Linux in Japan.