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From Sally Khudairi>
Subject Fw: Fwd: [New post] CloudStack Graduates to an Apache Top Level Project
Date Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:40:51 GMT

This announcement is _under embargo_ until Monday. Yet I just received this from one of our
"friendlies" :-(

How did this leak happen? I'm really not happy about this.


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>Sent: Friday, 22 March 2013, 11:33
>Subject: Fwd: [New post] CloudStack Graduates to an Apache Top Level Project
>Sally,   isn't this news under embargo until 25 March at 10 ET?
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>From: The Diversity Blog - SaaS, Cloud & Business Strategy <>
>Date: Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM
>Subject: [New post] CloudStack Graduates to an Apache Top Level Project
>Ben Kepes posted: ""  
>New post on The Diversity Blog - SaaS, Cloud & Business Strategy    
> CloudStack Graduates to an Apache Top Level Projectby Ben Kepes  
>Almost a year ago Citrix scored a coup when it’s CloudStack product (which itself was
formerly the cloud operating system known as was elevated to the cloud platform
of the Apache foundation. It was all the more interesting sine were founding members
of OpenStack and the war of words between CloudStack (in particular it’s colorful marketing
head Peder Ulander) and the OpenStack community has given those of us in the gallery much
to chuckle about since then – if nothing else it’s been great popcorn fodder.
>While it’s fair to say that CloudStack had the high ground early on in terms of on-the-ground
adoption with enterprises, it’s also fair to say that OpenStack, with the massive buy in
from big names vendors like HP, IBM and Dell, won out on the attention measures. OpenStack
was, from a technical perspective, a little rough around the edges 12 months ago but it’s
fair to say that the past year has seen it come along nicely and the upcoming OpenStack summit
will no doubt be a showcase of enterprise adoption (disclosure – OpenStack is covering my
T&E to attend the OpenStack summit in Portland and as part of the summit I have written
a general open cloud report for the foundation). Much of the criticism that OpenStack proponents
have been able to level at CloudStack has focused on its apparently limited contributor base
– in their minds, a project with support from essentially only one company is never going
to get the traction it needs to truly
 become an accepted standard.
>Which is why the announcement that the Apache Software Foundation is promoting CloudStack
to a top level project next week is so important – to qualify as a TLP, an initiative needs
to have proven a well developed community, strong governance and, by definition, widespread
>According to Chip Childers, Vic President of Apahe CloudStack, the foundation’s work
since adoption has focused on growing a strong community around the code and ensuring the
governance is robust. As a thinly veiled criticism of some previous dramatic and unhappy happenings
in the OpenStack community, Childers went on to say that:
>…we've managed to build a diverse, friendly and very open community around CloudStack.
New participants receive a really warm welcome and we  make sure that all contributors are
on an equal footing, whether they are writing code or helping with any other aspect of the
project. Anybody thinking of getting involved in the project would quickly find what a great
community we are
>In terms of how the project actually works - Apache CloudStack software is released under
the Apache License v2.0, and 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. Apache CloudStack source code, documentation,
mailing lists, and related resources are available at
>The key thing here though is just how wise the developer community to CloudStack is. The
foundation reports that as of today the initiative boasts some 440 developers and, in the
most important metric of all, only 32% of those developers are from Citrix. That’s a positive
statistic and should give the CloudStack fans cause for cheers. While CloudStack has some
loyal customer however, it’s hard to see how they’ll manage to push through the OpenStack
juggernaut – time will tell how that all shakes down…
>Ben Kepes | March 22, 2013 at 10:13 am | Tags: Apache foundation, Citrix,, CloudStack,
Dell, IBM, OpenStack, Peder Ulander | Categories: Business | URL: 
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