Microsoft and Alcatel will incorporate IBM's server and storage systems into their carrier-class triple play/IPTV technology. The announcement extends an existing OEM agreement between IBM and Alcatel.
Alcatel said that the optimisation of IBM's xSeries and BladeCenter server and storage systems will allow superior support for the Microsoft TV IPTV Edition software platform within its overall Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture.
The pre-investment in performance testing and integration will allow the partners to develop IPTV offerings that improve performance and reduce capital expenditure for service providers.
"Our joint collaboration with Alcatel and IBM is a significant validation of the growing IPTV industry," said Christine Heckart, general marketing manager at Microsoft's TV division.
Monika Maurer, president of Alcatel's fixed solutions activities, added: "As the key services integrator and partner to many of the world's largest service providers seeking to deliver triple-play offerings, our customers rely on us for guidance across all areas of their projects."
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