PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - January 28, 2010) - Aricent®, a global innovation, technology and services company focused exclusively on communications, today announced that it has joined the OpenSAF Foundation. OpenSAF is an open source community with projects focused on high availability middleware, consistent with the Service Availability™ Forum (SA Forum) specifications. The OpenSAF Foundation was established by leading communications and enterprise computing companies to facilitate the OpenSAF Project and accelerate the adoption of the OpenSAF code base in commercial products.

"Aricent is a leading provider of global telecom R&D services," said Alan Meyer, president, OpenSAF Foundation. "We look forward to their contribution to the Foundation and the industry at large, by expanding the installed base and range of services and products that incorporate OpenSAF software."

High Availability has become an inherent requirement for any carrier grade product. With the industry moving to open platforms, such as ATCA and COTS hardware, to address time-to-market, reliability, ease-of-integration and cost-related concerns, it is no longer necessary to build proprietary High Availability middleware as a differentiator. Using OpenSAF enables companies to utilize code that has been deployed successfully in multiple commercial applications for their middleware needs, thereby reducing costs and accelerating development times.

"We very pleased to become a part of OpenSAF. The Foundation is a tremendous initiative for the industry and priority area for a number of our customers," said C.P. Murali, senior vice president at Aricent. "We are committed to the OpenSAF community and offer a range of design, R&D and integration services tailored specifically for this domain."

Aricent has extensive domain expertise in building middleware and high availability solutions for major telecommunications equipment manufacturers. By embracing OpenSAF, Aricent will be able to deliver these services on a standardized platform that allows companies to effectively combine their own Intellectual Property with source code available under a Lesser General Public License (LGPL) v2.1 open source license.

About Aricent

Aricent is a global innovation, technology and services company focused exclusively on communications. Aricent combines the leading innovation capabilities of frog design with unparalleled domain expertise in communications as a strategic supplier to the world's foremost infrastructure, application and service providers. The company's investors include Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Sequoia Capital, The Family Office and The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board. For more information, visit

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