Motorola Announces Intention to Form Industry-wide Consortium to Lead OpenSAF Project

Open source high availability code now available

Jun 28, 2007, 01:00 ET from Motorola, Inc.

    TEMPE, Ariz., June 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:  
 MOT) today announced that it intends to form an industry-wide consortium
 that will assume stewardship for the OpenSAF(TM) project the company
 announced in February. The company also announced the first release of the
 open source code related to the project. The consortium also will manage
 any future development of the OpenSAF code base. Leading companies
 including Ericsson, HP and Nokia Siemens Networks have expressed support
 for this initiative.
     The open source project will establish a broadly adopted high
 availability operating environment that can be leveraged by computing
 technology companies, network equipment providers (NEPs) and other
 industries requiring high availability. Independent software vendors (ISVs)
 will be able to use OpenSAF as a benchmark for creating highly available
 applications. OpenSAF includes an implementation of the Service
 Availability(TM) Forum Application Interface Specification (AIS).Details of
 the OpenSAF code release and additional information on the OpenSAF
 initiative can be found at
     As an open source project, OpenSAF has no dependencies on specific
 vendors' products and support plans and future enhancements will be
 directly determined by the users of, and contributors to, the OpenSAF
 project. Adopting OpenSAF will enable more efficient use of in-house
 software engineering resources, and additional tools will be provided to
 enable application development and deployment services.
     "We are very pleased to announce our intent to form an industry-wide
 consortium that will manage the open source project and also to make this
 initial OpenSAF code base available. This is an important next step
 following our original announcement of the project in February," said John
 Fryer, leading the OpenSAF project on behalf of Motorola's Embedded
 Communications Computing business. "We are also pleased with the decisions
 of a broad segment of industry leaders such as Ericsson, Nokia Siemens
 Networks and HP to provide initial support for the OpenSAF project."
     About OpenSAF
     OpenSAF is an open source project designed to develop a complete highly
 available operating environment based on SA Forum standards. The objective
 of the OpenSAF project is to accelerate broad adoption of a SA Forum
 compliant operating environment.
     The goals of the OpenSAF project are as follows:
     -- Create an open source implementation of a high availability operating
        environment which includes the SA Forum Application Interface
        Specification (AIS)
     -- Develop necessary additional complementary services necessary to deploy
        and manage the software
     -- Help accelerate the development of SA Forum specifications by proposing
     -- Establish a broadly adopted high availability operating environment
        that can be leveraged by computing technology companies, NEPs, and
        other industries requiring high availability, and ISVs.
     -- Utilize an open source licensing model not tied to any commercial
     Interested companies may download the code from the OpenSAF website,
     Companies supporting the OpenSAF project
     "Ericsson strongly supports the release of OpenSAF and we are firmly
 committed to the goals of the OpenSAF project. We have already contributed
 functionality to the project and intend to continue in the same direction,"
 said Mats Nilsson, Head of Portfolio Management and Terminals, Multimedia
 Solutions, Ericsson. "The OpenSAF reference implementations will accelerate
 the development and improve the quality of future specifications."
     "Nokia Siemens Networks is a consistent and strong supporter of
 industry collaboration and the Open Source model as demonstrated by its
 leadership in the Service Availability Forum and the SCOPE Alliance. We at
 Nokia Siemens Networks believe that the OpenSAF project is the last crucial
 element in defining our COTS-based Carrier Grade Base Platform strategy,"
 said Stephan Scholz Chief Technology Officer, Nokia Siemens Networks.
     "HP is an active supporter of open source initiatives, and we believe
 OpenSAF shows promise as a leading open, standards-based high-availability
 platform," said Randy Hergett, R&D Director for Open Source & Linux
 Organization, HP. "We have received strong customer interest for OpenSAF on
 HP's telecom platforms and are very supportive of this initiative."
     "The SA Forum's success will greatly benefit from the availability of
 implementations that utilize its interface specifications, as seen with
 HPI," said Asif Naseem, SA Forum President. "The formation of OpenSAF will
 help bring additional real world AIS implementations to the market, and is
 another important step towards supporting the on-going success of SA Forum
 and its specifications."
     "We will transition our Avantellis(TM) series communications servers to
 utilize OpenSAF," said Jorge Magalhaes, director of marketing, Embedded
 Communications Computing, Motorola, Inc. "This will make a pre-integrated
 and validated ATCA based computing platform available to the market shortly
 after the first release of the open source code."
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