Motorola Releases Open Source Middleware

Motorola announced that it intends to form an industry-wide consortium that will assume stewardship for the OpenSAF 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™ 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.”