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From Karen Vuong <>
Subject FW: The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache CloudStack as a Top-Level Project: Request for Briefings
Date Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:45:43 GMT
Hi Chip,

There is a question from Ben Kepes over at Diversity Limited. If you would like to contact
him directly, just let me know and I can send you his contact info to your email address.

Best regards,


From: Ben Kepes
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2013 2:34 PM
To: Karen Vuong
Subject: Re: The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache CloudStack as a Top-Level Project:
Request for Briefings


Can you get me some info around the makeup of the contributor community please? How many from
citrix and how many external?


Sent from a rather spiffy mobile device, 'scuse the typos.
On 22/03/2013 10:12 AM, "Karen Vuong" <<>>

Hi Ben,

The Apache Software Foundation will be announcing Apache CloudStack as a Top-level project
on Monday, March 25th at 10:00am Eastern time. As you may know, Citrix proposed the project
to Apache in April 2012, and the graduation from an Apache incubator to a Top-Level project
is a major milestone for Apache CloudStack. It signifies that the Project's community and
products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

This is not a Citrix release, but we'd like to help facilitate conversations between press
and contributors to Apache CloudStack. I've attached the project release below, and would
be happy to help arrange a time today, tomorrow, or this weekend for you to speak with a member
of the project.

You can reach me via email or at , to schedule time for a briefing. Please let me know if
you have any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them.


Karen Vuong
Open Source Cloud Marketing Coordinator, Cloud Platforms Group


Powering mobile workstyles and cloud services.

[ANNOUNCE] The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache CloudStack as a Top-Level Project

Mature, Open Source turn-key platform widely used for delivering scalable, full-featured Infrastructure-as-a-Service
(IaaS) clouds.

Forest Hill, MD ¬25 March 2013¬ The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer
developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today
announced that Apache CloudStack has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level
 Project (TLP), signifying that the Project's community and products have been well-governed
under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

"When CloudStack first became an Apache Incubator project, it was a well-established cloud
management platform with a mature codebase," said Chip Childers, Vice President of Apache
CloudStack. "Our work in the Incubator has focused on growing a really strong community around
the code and establishing the governance practices expected of a top-level project within
The Apache Software Foundation."

Widely used in production by many organizations, CloudStack is formerly the product of,
which was acquired by Citrix in 2011, and was submitted to the Apache Incubator by Citrix
in April 2012.

Apache CloudStack is a complete software suite for creating Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
cloud computing in private-, public-,  and hybrid cloud environments. It has been proven to
be both stable and  highly scalable, underpinning production clouds with more than 30,000
physical nodes, in geo-distributed environments.

"Becoming a TLP is an important step in the project's evolution and growth," added Childers.
"CloudStack had the advantage of having many long-term, large deployments which had proven
the stability and scalability of the technology. This helped us concentrate on adopting the
'Apache Way' of governance, which is well understood and open, delivering so many great pieces
of software over the years."

CloudStack's target environments include service providers and enterprises; it is used by
many service providers to set up an on-demand, elastic cloud computing services and by enterprises
to set up  a private cloud for use by their own employees. Apache CloudStack is also available
to individuals and organizations that wish to study and implement an IaaS for personal, educational,
and/or production use.

"We believe that Infrastructure-as-a-Service is the next generation of IT infrastructure,
and that people will demand open standards and open governance for such an important layer
in their IT stack," explained Childers. That is why having the CloudStack project meet the
rigorous standards of ASF governance is so significant."

Underscoring the ASF's edict of "Community over Code", Childers said:

"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 addition to online involvement, we've already had a global collaboration conference
and there are many CloudStack groups established in many different countries."

Availability and Oversight

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

About the Apache Incubator

The Apache Incubator is the entry path for projects and codebases wishing to become part of
the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation.

All code donations from external organizations and existing external projects wishing to join
the ASF enter through the Incubator to: 1) ensure all donations are in accordance with the
ASF legal standards; and

2) develop new communities that adhere to our guiding principles.

Incubation is required of all newly accepted projects until a further review indicates that
the infrastructure, communications, and decision making process have stabilized in a manner
consistent with other successful ASF projects. While incubation status is not necessarily
a reflection of the completeness or stability of the code, it does indicate that the project
has yet to be fully endorsed by the ASF. For more information, visit

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation
oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server
 ‹ the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process
known as "The Apache Way", more than 400 individual  Members and 3,500 Committers successfully
collaborate to develop freely  available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of

worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the
community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon,
the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c)
not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD,
Basis Technology, Citrix, Cloudera, Facebook, Go  Daddy, Google, HP, Hortonworks, Huawei,
IBM, InMotion Hosting, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource/VMware,  WANdisco,
and Yahoo!. For more information, visit or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

"Apache", "CloudStack", "Apache CloudStack", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or
trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in  the United States and/or other countries.
All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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