GoAhead First to Comply with SA Forum's Hardware Platform Interface

10/15/2003 - GoAhead® Software, the leading provider of integrated, platform-independent middleware for high availability (HA) systems, is demonstrating middleware compliant with the Service Availability Forumís (SA Forum) Hardware Platform Interface (HPI) concurrent with the ITU Telecom World conference held every four years in Geneva, Switzerland. GoAhead is the first software member of the SA Forum to demonstrate compliance with the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that comprise the Hardware Platform Interface.

The HPI-compliant system demonstrates SelfReliant® 3.0 beta version software, HP cc3300 IA 32-based carrier-grade server and MontaVista Carrier-Grade Edition 3.0 for Linux. The demonstration uses a softswitch billing application to highlight on-demand, uninterrupted service. Because softswitches handle a broad range of network functionality, it is important for service providers and end users that softswitch services remain highly available. In this demonstration, faults are injected into a system that runs the softswitch application. SelfReliant detects both these hardware and software faults and switches the application to backup components. The switchover is very rapid (milliseconds) and preserves important application and system state data. Board, middleware, system dependency and database failures are all demonstrated.

SA Forum Hardware Platform Interface (HPI)
Compliance with the SA Forumís HPI delivers several business benefits to network equipment providers (NEPs), including:

GoAhead SelfReliant 3.0 Beta Middleware
SelfReliant runs as a middleware layer on top of the operating system to manage redundant components for 99.999% availability and reliability. It features 2-3 millisecond failover speeds, checkpointing to preserve application data, and over 38,000 per second distributed message delivery. Real-time capture, storage and replication of system and/or application data assure continuous, uninterrupted service. Its compact footprint (less than 4.5 MB) and low CPU usage (less than 3% of CPU capacity) are ideal for the tight resource constraints typical of embedded systems. External management is conducted either through a web console or network management via SNMP. The modular design supports building solutions with off-the-shelf components and little to no integration. Its flexibility also allows phasing in high availability functionality over multiple releases. For projects that require full HA at first release, GoAhead SelfReliant Suite is pre-integrated for fast, easy deployment. GoAhead offers a range of packages to make getting started with SelfReliant easy and quick.

Developers interested in becoming beta testers for SelfReliant 3.0 are encouraged to visit http://www.goahead.com/beta.htm to learn more about our Beta Program.

About GoAhead Software
GoAhead® Software provides the first integrated, platform-independent suite of high availability middleware for developing reliable embedded systems and applications. GoAhead products are used by developers in communications, military/aerospace and other industries with high reliability requirements. GoAhead SelfReliant® is offered as a fully integrated suite of software that implements high availability in complex systems. For project teams requiring specific SelfReliant functionality, GoAhead also offers three standalone modules: Basic Availability Management (BAM), Distributed Messaging Service (DMS), and Embedded Systems Management (ESM). Ideal for systems such as wireless base station controllers, softswitches, defense command/control systems and industrial controllers, SelfReliant helps developers reduce project risk, lower costs and achieve faster time-to-market. GoAhead is a privately held company with headquarters in Bellevue, Washington. For more information on GoAhead, visit the companyís web site at www.goahead.com or call 425-453-1900.

GoAhead and SelfReliant are registered trademarks of GoAhead Software, Inc.

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