With a goal of developing a complete high availability operating environment based on SA Forum standards, Motorola announced an 'OpenSAF' project. NEPs will be able to leverage the implementation of a deployed high availability software platform knowing that enhancements will be proposed to the SA Forum for inclusion in future open specs. Using a common softwareplatform across multiple types of equipment will result in lower operating costs, assist in training, etc.
Motorola and Ericsson are contributing resources, with Motorola initially contributing its NetPlane Core Service (NCS) software to the project. So far, many are on board including Interphase, MontaVista Software, Nortel, OKI, Siemens Networks, and more. According to Motorola, the first release of the open source code base will be made available by end of 2nd quarter on the OpenSAF Web site. Jorge Magalhaes, director of marketing, Embedded Communications Computing at Motorola said that they company would transition its Avantellis series communications servers to use OpenSAF, providing a pre-integrated and validated ATCA based computing platform--available shortly after the first release of the open source code.
So far, I can't find the OpenSAF Web site, so it must be in the works. If you're looking for more info, though, head to Motorola, SA Forum, or Ericsson.
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