interoperability


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interoperability

The ability of software and hardware on multiple machines from multiple vendors to communicate.

interoperability

The capability of two or more hardware devices or two or more software routines to work harmoniously together. For example, in an Ethernet network, network adapters, hubs, switches and routers from different vendors must conform to the IEEE 802.11 standard in order to interoperate with each other.

Although executable applications must always conform to the machine language of the CPU they run in, this is known as "platform compliance" and not interoperability. The term tends to be used mostly with networking equipment. See machine language and 802.11.
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Interoperability certification is the process of ensuring that a system meets the joint interoperability requirements of its users.
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PICMG and CP-TA are working cooperatively to improve the interoperability landscape for equipment providers and carriers and the new CP-TA documents are an important addition to that landscape.
Although the routing protocol was generated by Brocade, switch interoperability has been a labor on the part of all switch manufacturers.
This time we verified inter-carrier MPLS services, where interoperability between operators and devices plays an important role.
Today, interoperability testing is even harder as storage technology continues to develop at an exponential rate and every component of an enterprise storage solution is breaking new ground, pushing technological limits.
Resolving interoperability issues is usually not, therefore, a completely objective, altruistic process that culminates in the best technical solution to a problem.
The events will establish industry-recognized certification for IMS products and services that have achieved the highest level of interoperability.

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