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GoAhead Software shifts to open source business model

GoAhead Software said that it is shifting its business model and technology strategy from its SAFfire product to an open source software model. In conjuction with the move to open source, GoAhead has also acquired Avantellis from Emerson Network Power.

The company said that the strategic direction will further accelerate COTS adoption in telecommunications, media, aerospace and defense, and other markets.

The decision to move to open source is being made due various developments that indicate an overall shift towards adoption of OpenSAF, the open source community focused on high availability middleware, the maturity and stability of the OpenSAF software distribution; the continued support of the OpenSAF Foundation by key industry players; and the inclusion of OpenSAF in commercial deployments, GoAhead said.

GoAhead said that it is joining the OpenSAF foundation and will be contributing key components of its SAFfire middleware to OpenSAF and company president Asif Naseem will be joining the OpenSAF foundation as a board member.

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The company said that the distribution of OpenSAF will be enhanced with a series of complementary value-added products and services. Last month, the company announced the acquisition of embeddedMIND, a management infrastructure offering that includes configuration management and provisioning.

Other new products and services will include a workbench-like development toolkit featuring an IDE, and a set of diagnostics tools for resolution of issues found in production deployment scenarios.

Asif Naseem, president and COO of GoAhead Software, said: “GoAhead’s acquisition of Emerson Network Power’s Avantellis team, representing many of the original developers of OpenSAF, creates an un-matched level of capability at GoAhead and enables us to continue our tradition of world-class expertise in delivering standards-based software solutions.”


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