Wind River updates software for IoT |

Wind River updates software for IoT

March 23, 2015 – Wind River enhanced Wind River Open Virtualization, Security Profile for Wind River Linux, and Carrier Grade Profile for Wind River Linux. These profiles provide developers with key capabilities to create the safe, secure, and reliable intelligent systems that will harness the power of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Open Virtualization, Security Profile, and Carrier Grade Profile have been updated with the latest Linux kernel, toolchain, and user space from the Yocto Project 1.7 release. These software profiles are high-value add-ons to Wind River Linux, with features that seamlessly integrate with validation tools, documentation, and hardware support.

In IoT, a steady flow of intelligence and actionable insights can emerge only if connectivity is present and persistent. However, as a result of persistent connectivity, exposure to security threats increases. Additionally, if devices are not properly protected, the ability for persistent connectivity itself is threatened.

Built to align with the Common Criteria for Operating System Protection Profile and Evaluation Assurance Levels (EAL), Security Profile delivers security capabilities to help developers protect against future threats from the growth of IoT. As other industries, such as networking, industrial, and automotive, are increasingly asked to comply with similar Common Criteria requirements to evaluate and certify products that demand greater security and connectivity, developers are facing new challenges. Meeting these needs can be expensive and time-consuming, adding cost and risk to programs. Customers can reduce risks by relying on Wind River to deliver a fully maintained and securely monitored commercial embedded Linux distribution with built-in security features such as a hardened kernel, secure user space, and secure boot process.

Virtualization, a game-changing technology in the IT, networking, and communications industries, also offers the promise of system consolidation, reduced capital and operational expenses, and new cloud services ripe for IoT opportunities, to many other industries, from aerospace and defense to medical and automotive. Using open source Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology combined with the proven commercial Wind River Linux distribution, Open Virtualization delivers near-native hardware performance and enables many applications and functions running on dedicated operating systems and hardware to consolidate into one intelligent system, enabling highly scalable systems at lower cost.

As more devices become connected in the IoT age, they will require increased performance and zero downtime. For certain applications, such as critical infrastructure for energy or medical use cases, the network simply cannot go down, and carrier grade reliability is essential. Strict requirements to achieve these specifications are mandated by the Linux Foundation in the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) specifications. Carrier Grade Profile meets the registration requirements of the Linux Foundation’s CGL 5.0 specification. This turnkey solution delivers all of the technologies essential to building a powerful, flexible, responsive, stable, and secure platform.