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From Chip Childers <>
Subject Re: Talking Points for Graduation
Date Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:54:18 GMT
On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 05:52:09PM +0000, Sally Khudairi wrote:
> 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").

Thanks Sally.  Good point.

How about some combination of the thoughts below:

What's next for the project?

Currently, the community is working on two releases.  4.0.2 is a
bug-fix release for the 4.0 feature release.  4.1.0 is our next major 
feature release.  Both releases are very close to being completed.

Users of Apache CloudStack can expect a new feature release
approximately every four months. The community has created a time-based
release model which allows for features to be build independently from
the releases themselves, and integrated at an appropriate time to be
part of the available feature release cycle.  Bug-fix releases will
continue to take place in between each major feature release, as needed.
Moving beyond our upcoming 4.1.0 feature release, the community is
already hard at work on many features expected to be included in 4.2.0.

As with all projects in the ASF, project technical decisions are made by
the community through consensus gathering and open discussion.  Apache
CloudStack's features and architecture are constantly growing and
evolving, based on the efforts of the community.

> HTH,
> Sally
> >________________________________
> > From: Joe Brockmeier <>
> >To: 
> >Cc: 
> >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
> >software. 
> >
> >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
> >itself. 
> >
> >- 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?
> >
> >Best,
> >
> >jzb
> >-- 
> >Joe Brockmeier
> >
> >Twitter: @jzb
> >
> >
> >
> > 

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