Mark Overgaard, Pentair Electronics Protection
The ATCA [advanced telecommunications computing architecture] standard was adopted at the end of 2002; since that time, billions of dollars of ATCA-based products have shipped worldwide. The bulk of those products have gone into demanding high-end telecom applications worldwide, but there are numerous other applications that can benefit from the proven architectural strengths of ATCA.
With substantial convergent forces pushing data center and network center functionality together, AdvancedTCA (ATCA) server blades can further strengthen their management credentials by adding advanced server-management facilities at the hardware platform management (HPM) level.
The Internet of Things vision of a massively Internet-connected world is rapidly coming to fruition, along with numerous associated challenges. One of them, exhaustion of the available public Internet Protocol (IP) addresses in traditional IP version 4 (IPv4) is already upon us. Along with many other improvements, IP version 6 (IPv6), which was formalized way back in 1998, grows IP addresses from 32 bits to 128 bits, massively expanding the number of devices that can be addressed.