Oracle is buying GoAhead Software, who make products designed to help network equipment providers (NEP) improve service delivery.
The terms of the deal, which is expected to be completed before the end of the year, were not disclosed.
NEPs "are moving to a standardised software and hardware platform that can deliver and manage highly available services," an FAQ document on the acquisition states. "Oracle, with the combination of GoAhead technology, plans to deliver a comprehensive, standards-based and carrier-grade platform that supports the delivery of telecom services in the call path of the network."
GoAhead's products have been deployed more than 100,000 times by "leading" NEPs, according to a statement.
While IT shops are used to the concept of "five nines" of system availability, the standards are even higher in telecom services, the FAQ document adds. Systems "must be functional for all but 3 seconds a year," it states. "When there is a fault of any kind, the system must be able to auto-restore in milliseconds, so that the user or application perceives no interruption."
The GoAhead technology will work in concert with products such as Oracle's Sun Netra carrier-grade servers.