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From Will Stevens <williamstev...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release
Date Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:02:20 GMT
I went through and fixed some grammatical items and made it read a little
easier.  Hopefully you are happy with my changes.

Cheers,

Will

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[APACHE CLOUDSTACK LOGO]

Announcing Apache™ CloudStack™ v4.9

Mature, easy-to-deploy Open Source Cloud computing software which meets the
demands of the worlds largest cloud providers.

[DATELINE] -[date]- The Apache CloudStack project announced today the
immediate
availability of Apache CloudStack 4.9, the latest version of the turnkey
Open Source cloud
computing software platform used for creating private, public, and hybrid
cloud environments.

Apache CloudStack clouds enable billions of dollars' worth of business
transactions annually
across their clouds. Its maturity, stability and ease of deployment has led
it to become the Open Source
platform of choice for many service providers offering on-demand, elastic
public cloud computing services.
CloudStack is also leveraged by many enterprises to provide private or
hybrid clouds for use by their employees.

CloudStack includes an intuitive user interface and rich APIs for managing
the compute, networking, software, and storage infrastructure resources. It
supports a broad range of integration points for both traditional and
cloud-native workloads.

CloudStack 4.9 reflects dozens of new features and improvements, including:

- Out of band power management of hosts through IPMI, iLO, DRAC
- Enhancements to CloudStack networking model including deeper integration
with Nuage VSP SDN
- User defined security roles
- Over 180 minor enhancements and issues fixed

A complete overview of all new enhancements can be found in the project
release notes at
http://docs.cloudstack.apache.org/projects/cloudstack-release-notes/en/4.9.0/

CloudStack has been used by thousands of organizations worldwide and is in
use/production
at Alcatel-Lucent, Autodesk, BT Cloud, China Telecom, DataPipe, Exoscale,
Globo.com, GreenQloud,
Hokkaido University, IDC Frontier, Ikoula, Interoute, KDDI, KT/Korea
Telecom, LeaseWeb, NTT, Orange,
PCextreme, Schuberg Philis, Shopzilla, Slovak Telekom, Tata, Trader Media
Group, TomTom,
University of Melbourne, University of Sao Paolo, Verizon, WebMD and
cloud.ca among many others.
A list of known users of the software can be found at
http://cloudstack.apache.org/users.html

Will Stevens, VP of Apache CloudStack commented on the release: "we're
delighted to be releasing 4.9 of Apache CloudStack. This version brings
many new and exciting features, with the continued emphasis on making
Apache CloudStack the easiest cloud platform to deploy and most reliable
platform for running IaaS environments. This release is the culmination of
many months of hard work by our broad developer community."

Availability
CloudStack 4.9 is available immediately as a free download from
http://cloudstack.apache.org/downloads.html.
Apache CloudStack software is released under the Apache License v2.0.

Governance and Oversight
Apache CloudStack is overseen by a self-selected team of active
contributors to the project.
A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day
operations, including
community development and product releases.

Get Involved!
Apache CloudStack welcomes contribution and community participation through
mailing lists
as well as attending face-to-face MeetUps, developer trainings, and user
events.


About Apache CloudStack
Apache CloudStack is a mature, turnkey integrated
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Open
Source software platform that allows users to build feature-rich public and
private cloud
environments. Hailed by Gartner Group as "a solid product", CloudStack
includes an intuitive
user interface and rich APIs for managing the compute, networking,
software, and storage infrastructure
resources. CloudStack entered the Apache Incubator in April 2012 and became
an Apache Top-level
Project in March 2013. For downloads, documentation, and ways to become
involved with Apache
CloudStack, visit http://cloudstack.apache.org/ and
https://twitter.com/CloudStack

-----


On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 1:39 PM, Will Stevens <williamstevens@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Sorry, just saw this.  I will do a once through and get back to you...
>
> On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 12:15 PM, Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org> wrote:
>
>> Thank you, Giles.
>>
>> Also, re: "v4.9" vs. "4.9", the ASF House Style is to write it as "v4.9"
>> in the heading of a press release and refer to it as "4.9" elsewhere.
>>
>> This is similar to our need to reference "CloudStack" as its full name,
>> "Apache CloudStack" in its initial mention (press release, Website, etc.).
>> This is a Trademarks/Brand Management thing, but still relevant.
>>
>> To that end, I will be going through the final draft of the press release
>> and ensuring that we're in synch with respect to House Style, trademarks
>> notice, etc., before going live.
>>
>> Of course, any proposed editorial changes will be forwarded to you before
>> anything happens on that front.
>>
>> As always, feel free to let me know if you need anything!
>>
>> Kind thanks,
>> Sally
>>
>> = = = = =
>> vox +1 617 921 8656
>> gvox +1 646 598 4616
>> skype sallykhudairi
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>> *From:* Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>
>> *To:* Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org>; "marketing@cloudstack.apache.org" <
>> marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>; "dev@cloudstack.apache.org" <
>> dev@cloudstack.apache.org>
>> *Sent:* Wednesday, August 17, 2016 12:10 PM
>>
>> *Subject:* RE: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release
>>
>> Sally
>> All noted. I’m asking some folks for a quote – will come back to you
>>
>> Kind Regards
>> Giles
>>
>> giles.sirett@shapeblue.com
>> www.shapeblue.com
>> @shapeblue
>>
>>
>> *From:* Sally Khudairi [mailto:sk@apache.org]
>> *Sent:* 17 August 2016 17:07
>> *To:* marketing@cloudstack.apache.org; Giles Sirett <
>> giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>; dev@cloudstack.apache.org; Sally Khudairi <
>> sk@apache.org>
>> *Subject:* Re: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release
>>
>> Hello again, everyone --I want to reiterate that it would be a very good
>> idea for us (= the Project) to solicit at few testimonials from the Apache
>> CloudStack user community.
>>
>> One thing that we tout is that CloudStack "just works". It would be
>> unusual for us to make a formal announcement regarding a major release and
>> not have any testimonials.
>>
>> As the ASF's VP Marketing & Publicity, I can attest that we have only had
>> one such announcement, which was received by the media/analyst community
>> with curiosity (to put it politely) ... "why won't anyone own up to using
>> your product?" is not something I'd like us to have to deal with,
>> particularly as that's not the case.
>>
>> To that end, I will be happy to help work with you on this front, and
>> strongly recommend that we consider holding off on issuing the press
>> release until we have secured some user quotes.
>>
>> Should we choose to do this, and if we can secure the quotes by Sunday
>> evening, I can issue the announcement as early as 4AM ET on Monday 22
>> August. Yes, I'll be sleepy, but it's worth it <g>
>>
>> Thoughts?
>>
>> Warmly,
>> Sally
>>
>> = = = = =
>> vox +1 617 921 8656
>> gvox +1 646 598 4616
>> skype sallykhudairi
>>
>> ------------------------------
>> *From:* Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org>
>> *To:* Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>; "
>> marketing@cloudstack.apache.org" <marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>; "
>> dev@cloudstack.apache.org" <dev@cloudstack.apache.org>
>> *Sent:* Wednesday, August 17, 2016 10:32 AM
>> *Subject:* Re: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release
>>
>> Thanks, Giles.
>>
>> OK. Normally, we don't cross-collaborate on marketing/PR issues with
>> public lists, but we can't unstrike the bell at this point.
>>
>> I'll await your clearance.
>>
>> -Sally
>>
>> = = = = =
>> vox +1 617 921 8656
>> gvox +1 646 598 4616
>> skype sallykhudairi
>>
>> ------------------------------
>> *From:* Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>
>> *To:* "marketing@cloudstack.apache.org" <marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>;
>> "dev@cloudstack.apache.org" <dev@cloudstack.apache.org>
>> *Cc:* Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org>
>> *Sent:* Wednesday, August 17, 2016 9:11 AM
>> *Subject:* RE: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release
>>
>> Sally
>>
>> I’m cross posting this to dev@ - we’ve not had much input on marketing@,
>> so I’d like some other eyeballs on this if we’re going to turn it around
>> today
>>
>> I agree, we need to get this finalised ASAP
>>
>> My view would be to roll with the PR immediately. I know Thurs/Fri aren’t
>> great but we’ve already actually announced this so run the risk of the PR
>> being 10 days after the event
>>
>>
>> Don’t think we’ll have time to get testimonials – unless somebody wants
>> to jump in here quickly
>>
>> I’ve drafted a quote for Will  below.
>> I’ve also taken Madan’s feedback and changed the order of the feature list
>> Will – please  chime in if you want something different in the quote,
>> what I’ve written is pretty bland
>> Is Will unable to confirm, you can attribute it to me as PMC member  as
>> an alternative
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Kind Regards
>> Giles
>>
>> giles.sirett@shapeblue.com
>> www.shapeblue.com
>> @shapeblue
>>
>>
>> *From:* Sally Khudairi [mailto:sk@apache.org <sk@apache.org>]
>> *Sent:* 17 August 2016 13:50
>> *To:* Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>;
>> marketing@cloudstack.apache.org
>> *Subject:* Re: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release
>>
>> Thanks so much, Giles. This is a great draft. Glad to see that the
>> template is still useful :-)
>>
>> Do let me know when the copy is locked in. I'll need the final draft by
>> 6PM ET prior to the day we'll be issuing the announcement over the wire.
>>
>> Seeing that we're at the end of the "ideal" release timeframe (Thursdays
>> and Fridays aren't best for global media visibility), were you wanting to
>> go announce on Monday or whenever you're ready?
>>
>> Also, if we could please include at least a quote from the PMC Chair,
>> that would be ideal.
>>
>> Are there any user testimonials you'd like to include? If so, those will
>> need to be secured.
>>
>> Thanking you in advance,
>> Sally
>>
>> = = = = =
>> vox +1 617 921 8656
>> gvox +1 646 598 4616
>> skype sallykhudairi
>>
>> ------------------------------
>> *From:* Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>
>> *To:* "marketing@cloudstack.apache.org" <marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>
>>
>> *Cc:* Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org>
>> *Sent:* Wednesday, August 17, 2016 6:15 AM
>> *Subject:* [draft for review] -4.9 -press release
>>
>> All
>> I’ve drafted the following for the 4.9 press release.
>> Please chime in with comments/changes/etc (bearing in mind, that we
>> really need to get a release out ASAP as its been already 5 days since the
>> [announce] was sent)
>>
>> Despite the scale of this release , there are not many
>> super-exciting/headline-grabbing new features so I’ve cherry picked
>> these for the Press release:
>>
>> - Enhancements to Cloudstack networking model including deeper
>> integration with Nuage VSP SDN
>> -Out of band power management of hosts through IPMI,iLO,DRAC
>> -User defined security roles
>> -Over 180 minor enhancements and issues fixed
>>
>> Happy if somebody else can help find some other headline features from
>> the release notes
>> (BTW – the 180 came from the complete list of issues fixed)
>>
>>
>> ##starts##
>>
>> [APACHE CLOUDSTACK LOGO]
>>
>> Announcing Apache™ CloudStack™ v4.9
>>
>> Mature, easy-to-deploy Open Source Cloud computing software continues to
>> meet the demands of the worlds largest cloud providers.
>>
>> [DATELINE] —[date]—The Apache CloudStack project today announced the
>> immediate
>> availability of Apache CloudStack v4.9, the latest version of the turnkey
>> Open Source cloud
>> computing software platform used for creating private-, public-, and
>> hybrid cloud environments.
>>
>> Apache CloudStack clouds enable billions of dollars' worth of business
>> transactions annually
>> across their clouds, and its maturity, stability and ease of deployment
>> has led it to has become the Open Source
>> platform for many service providers to set up on-demand, elastic public
>> cloud computing services,
>> as well as enterprises and others to set up a private or hybrid cloud for
>> use by their own
>> employees.
>>
>> CloudStack includes an intuitive user interface and rich APIs for
>> managing the compute, networking, software, and storage infrastructure
>> resources. It supports a broad range of integration points for both
>> traditional and cloud-native workloads.
>>
>> CloudStack v4.9 reflects dozens of new features and improvements,
>> including:
>>
>> -Out of band power management of hosts through IPMI,iLO,DRAC
>> - Enhancements to Cloudstack networking model including deeper
>> integration with Nuage VSP SDN
>> -User defined security roles
>> -Over 180 minor enhancements and issues fixed
>>
>> A complete overview of all new enhancements can be found in the project
>> release notes at http://docs.cloudstack.apache.
>> org/projects/cloudstack-release-notes/en/4.9.0/
>>
>> CloudStack has been used by thousands of organizations worldwide and is
>> in use/production
>> at Alcatel-Lucent, Autodesk, BT Cloud, China Telecom, DataPipe, Exoscale,
>> Globo.com, GreenQloud,
>> Hokkaido University, IDC Frontier, Ikoula, Interoute, KDDI, KT/Korea
>> Telecom, LeaseWeb, NTT, Orange,
>> PCextreme, Schuberg Philis, Shopzilla, Slovak Telekom, Tata, Trader
>> Media Group, TomTom, University of Melbourne, University of Sao Paolo,
>> Verizon and WebMD  among many others.
>> A list of known users of the software can be found at
>> http://cloudstack.apache.org/users.html
>>
>> Will Stevens, VP of Apache Cloudstack commented on the release: “we’re
>> delighted to be releasing 4.9 of Apache CloudStack. This version brings
>> many new exciting features, with the continued emphasis on making Apache
>> Cloudstack the easiest to deploy  and most reliable platform for running
>> IaaS environments. The release is the culmination of many months of hard
>> work by our broad developer community.”
>>
>> Availability
>> CloudStack v4.9 is available immediately as a free download from
>> http://cloudstack.apache.org/downloads.html.
>> Apache CloudStack software is released under the Apache License v2.0.
>>
>> Governance and Oversight
>> Apache CloudStack is overseen by a self-selected team of active
>> contributors to the project.
>> A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day
>> operations, including
>> community development and product releases.
>>
>> Get Involved!
>> Apache CloudStack welcomes contribution and community participation
>> through mailing lists
>> as well as attending face-to-face MeetUps, developer trainings, and user
>> events.
>>
>>
>> About Apache CloudStack
>> Apache CloudStack is a mature, turnkey integrated
>> Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Open
>> Source software platform that allows users to build feature-rich public
>> and private cloud
>> environments. Hailed by Gartner Group as "a solid product", CloudStack
>> includes an intuitive
>> user interface and rich APIs for managing the compute, networking,
>> software, and storage infrastructure
>> resources. CloudStack entered the Apache Incubator in April 2012 and
>> became an Apache Top-level
>> Project in March 2013. For downloads, documentation, and ways to become
>> involved with Apache
>> CloudStack, visit http://cloudstack.apache.org/ and
>> https://twitter.com/CloudStack
>>
>> ##ends##
>>
>>
>> Kind Regards
>> Giles
>>
>> giles.sirett@shapeblue.com
>> www.shapeblue.com
>> @shapeblue
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>

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