OpenSAF Developer Days 2009

By Glenn Seiler

I just returned from the second annual OpenSAF
Developers Days. This was a two-day event that included discussions on
the latest developments in the project, some of the new standards that
have been defined by the Service Availability Forum and the project’s
road map plans for the next release. The event was hosted by Huawei at
their corporate headquarters in Shenzhen, China. One of the reasons the
project choose to do the event in China this year is because they
wanted it to be accessible to the ever-increasing number of development
teams in Asia Pacific. From the turnout I would have to say this was a
very successful event. The event was attended by major TEMs from
Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, as well as by leading platform
providers and operating system vendors. In case you are not familiar
with OpenSAF, it is an open source implementation of the Service
Availability Forum’s (SAF) standard for application high availability.
Specifically it is based on the Application Interface Specification
(AIS) but also adds other capabilities that are key for high
availability such as hardware interface and system management. The
project is 100 percent open source and uses the LGPL license. The
OpenSAF project is about two years old now, however it was changed to
the LGPL license in January 2008 and since then has experienced
significant growth. There were over 200 individual contributions in
2008, which is the sign of a strong, active community. OpenSAF is being
developed into LTE gateways; IMS servers and other core and edge
devices and some of the devices are in operator networks today.

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