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WasabiSystem Executive Summary
Wasabi Certified® BSD: Powerful Performance for Advanced Networks
Wasabi Certified BSD is a tested, certified, and enhanced BSD-family operating system designed for advanced networked devices. With wide platform support and guaranteed performance, Wasabi Certified BSD (WCB) is the ideal choice for OEMs seeking to obtain the benefits of an open source operating system without the costs of the GPL license. WCB is being used today by Wasabi customers including Intel, Apple, Marvell, IBM, and many others.
Every Wasabi Certified BSD Board Support Package includes support for the specific features of the hardware platform, documentation, cross toolchain hosted on Windows, Linux, or BSD, complete source code, and 90 days of configuration and installation support. And Wasabi’s regression, characterization and stress testing of Wasabi Certified BSD enables us to certify that the binary OS we deliver operates to a professional standard.
Wasabi Certified® BSD : Features
BSD has a 25-year heritage of on-going enhancements and advancing networking features often copied by others. Other open source operating systems have adverse licensing provisions or a “roll-your-own” quality that makes them unsuitable for complex applications with a substantial level of user developed intellectual property. Wasabi Certified BSD has the technical features, customer support, and licensing flexibility that are needed in today’s and tomorrow’s advanced network devices and server appliances.
Certified and Tested on Leading Reference Platforms
The BSD family of operating systems has long been the “developer’s choice” because of its clean architecture, familiar API, and robust TCP/IP implementation. Wasabi Certified BSD makes this choice a commercially viable one. All WCB packages are regression, conformance, and performance tested at Wasabi’s performance and testing lab. Full documentation is provided. Wasabi’s test procedure, called Wasabi Test Harness, includes:
- Building the source code in accordance with the same instructions provided to users
- Installation of the binary image on the reference platform
- Exhaustive testing of all of the functions provided by the reference platform/software package according to generally accepted benchmarks and methodology
GPL-Free Open Source
WCB is based on open source, GPL-free software. Many of our customers have chosen it over Linux precisely for this reason; with WCB, there is no requirement to make modifications open source, and no dubious workarounds necessary to preserve intellectual property. Wasabi has prepared this introduction to the GPL to separate myth from fact and provide OEMs with the answers they need to make an informed OS decision. The GPL is irrelevant to some development projects, but central to others; our legal team can help you to determine whether it matters to you, and to evaluate your options. Wasabi is a proud member of the open source community, and believes that all users of open source software should abide by the licenses that govern that software. That’s why we provide BSD licensed software to our customers.
Optional Prioprietary Extentions
Wasabi also offers WasabiRAID, a small software RAID implementation, which uses simple building blocks to provide excellent performance and extensibility, as a separately licensable unit for OEMs embedding Wasabi Certified BSD in their products. WasabiRAID uses basic mechanisms such as “span”, “stripe” and “parity” to provide an extensive array of RAID features, with an option to aggregate these functions as desired.
Wasabi Certified BSD works seamlessly with the separately-licensed Wasabi Journaling File System. Wasabi’s implementation of journaling builds on the established and trusted Berkeley Unix Filesystem, is not restricted by the GNU Public License (unlike IBM’s JFS and SGI’s XFS), works on FFS2, allowing filesystems larger than 2 Terabytes, and can place the journal in non- volatile memory, eliminating duplicate disk writes.
Learn about the technical specifications of Wasabi Certified® BSD!
For more information about Wasabi testing and certification methodologies, or to purchase Wasabi Certified BSD for your hardware platform, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BSD family of operating systems
Journaling File System