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From Sally Khudairi>
Subject Re: Talking Points for Graduation
Date Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:52:09 GMT
Thanks, Joe.

One question that often comes up from the press is "what's the future of the project" or "what
is next" --so it might be good to have a statement ready that explains how the community drives
the development/requirements/architecture (vs. an ASF "master plan").


> From: Joe Brockmeier <>
>Sent: Monday, 18 March 2013, 13:26
>Subject: Talking Points for Graduation
>In addition to a press release at the ready, we also ought to have a set
>of "talking points," ready. If anyone does a blog or talks to press, we
>ought to have a coherent message to talk about the project and the
>Note that this is strictly for the graduation to TLP and not so much
>about 4.1.0 even though that's on the front burner too. Suggested
>talking points and such below. Revisions, etc. welcome!
>What we need to be able to articulate:
>- Why this matters:
>Graduation is about the community's readiness to operate as an open
>source project, it's not about the state of the code - which was already
>mature when CloudStack entered the incubator. What it means is that the
>project is self-governing and has sufficient participation from a
>diverse community that it has demonstrated to the Apache board that it's
>ready to act as a TLP. 
>From here, Apache CloudStack can operate more autonomously and that will
>make it easier for the project to do things like releases and promote
>- What it doesn't mean:
>It's deeply important to emphasize that this has nothing to do with code
>maturity. One of the common misconceptions about incubating projects -
>and CloudStack - is that it is a "new" project and/or that the code is
>immature. We need to emphasize that CloudStack is mature software and
>has been since it entered the incubator. Graduation is about community
>readiness, not code readiness.
>- What Apache CloudStack is:
>Apache CloudStack is open source Infrastructure-as-a-Service software,
>and the community that produces the software. 
>CloudStack is a turnkey product that supplies integrated components for
>many of the functions that organizations expect from an IaaS platform:
>the UI, API, accounting, networking, management, etc. - and works with a
>wide range of hypervisors, storage, and networking appliances. 
>- Why Should an Organization Try CloudStack?
>Maturity, stability, scalability, and community. 
>* Maturity: Apache CloudStack is in use in many production deployments
>for private, public, and hybrid clouds.
>* Stability: It's been proven as a stable platform with a number of
>long-term deployments that have seen little or no downtime. 
>* Scalability: CloudStack has been used in environments with more than
>30,000 physical nodes and is also used in geo-distributed environments
>with data centers all over the globe. 
>* Community: As part of the Apache Software Foundation, CloudStack's
>community is diverse, friendly, and one that puts all contributors on
>equal footing. The Apache governance model is well-understood and open. 
>What else do we need here, folks?
>Joe Brockmeier
>Twitter: @jzb

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