OpenSAF is an Open Source Project established to develop a base platform High Availability middleware consistent with Service AvailabilityTM Forum (SA Forum) specifications, under the LGPLv2.1 license. The OpenSAF Foundation was established by leading Communications and Enterprise Computing Companies to facilitate the OpenSAF Project and to accelerate the adoption of the OpenSAFcode base in commercial products.

The OpenSAF project was launched in mid 2007 and has been under development by an informal group of supporters of the OpenSAF initiative. The OpenSAF Foundations was founded on January 22nd 2008 with Emerson Network Power, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, HP and SUN Microsystems as founding members.

Goals Edit

The goals of the OpenSAF project are to:

  • Create an open source reference 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
  • Accelerate the development of SA Forum specifications by proposing enhancements implemented in the OpenSAF project
  • Establish a broadly adopted high availability operating environment that can be leveraged by computing technology companies, network equipment providers, and other industries requiring high availability, and independent software vendors
  • Utilize an open source licensing model not tied to any commercial implementation

Relevant Industry groups Edit

SCOPE Alliance Edit

SCOPE Alliance

SA Forum Edit


Network equipment providers Edit

Network Equipment Providers will be the primary users of products based on the OpenSAF code base, integrating them into their products for network service providers, carriers and operators.

Many network equipment providers have demonstrated their support for OpenSAF by joining the Foundation and/or contributing to the Open Source project, including:

  • Ericsson
  • Emerson Network Power
  • HP
  • Huawei
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • Nokia Siemens Networks
  • Nortel
  • OKI
  • Siemens Networks
  • SUN Microsystems

Technology providers Edit

Several providers of computing and communications technology also have indicated support for the OpenSAF initiative including:

  • Interphase
  • MontaVista Software, Inc
  • Motorola's Embedded Communications Computing business
  • Rancore Technologies
  • Wind River

History Edit

The OpenSAF project was initiated by the Motorola Embedded Communications business of Motorola with widespread support from the telecommunications industry. Motorola Embedded Communications is now part of Emerson Network Power

Emerson Network Power, Ericsson, HP, Nokia Siemens Networks, and Sun Microsystems have contributed signifficant resources to enhance the open source product and accelerate the development and deployment of SA Forum specifications based on industry requirements. Emerson Network Power has made the initial code base contribution based on NetPlane Core Service (NCS) software to the OpenSAF project. NCS is a complete operating environment that includes SA Forum services and a complementary set of required services necessary for a deployable implementation.

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