OpenSAF version 4.0 arrives
The OpenSAF Foundation has announced the release of version 4.0 of the Open Service Availability Framework (OpenSAF), its open source middleware platform for high availability (HA) environments. Discussing the release, OpenSAF Foundation President Monica Hatlen said, "With Release 4.0, OpenSAF has reached a level of maturity that will broaden its reach and cross-industry impact," adding that, in many ways, it "fulfils the vision of the initial OpenSAF community when the project was created."
According to the developers, the latest major release now implements all of the major functions of the Service Availability Forum Application Interface Specification (SMF). Other changes include a number of logging, tracing and debugging improvements and various enhancements to improve scalability, as well as hardware and software management. The developers also note that the architecture of the code base has been redesigned to be "much more modular, so that users can now build and install only the features they want, reducing the overhead of maintaining unneeded services."
The OpenSAF project itself was initiated by Motorola's Embedded Communications and Computing (ECC) business and launched in mid 2007. Founder members Emerson Network Power, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems formed the OpenSAF Foundation in early 2008. Since its inception, a number of other organisations, including Wind River, Huawei IP Infusion, GoAhead Software and Rancore Technologies have joined.
More details about the release can be found in the OpenSAF Data Sheet and in the FAQ document (direct download). OpenSAF version 4.0 is available to download from the project's wiki. OpenSAF is licensed under the LGPLv2.1 license.
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