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From Sally Khudairi>
Subject Re: Thoughts on CloudStack while starting as new VP
Date Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:37:23 GMT
Wow --Sebastien! That looks like a well-thought-out plan.
I know that there's been a lot of energy put towards making Apache CloudStack an even better
project. Here's to continued building from strength to strength --hats off to all involved! I'll
be at ApacheCon and happy to meet up should you need anything.

      From: Sebastien Goasguen <>

 Sent: Monday, 23 March 2015, 10:15
 Subject: Thoughts on CloudStack while starting as new VP
Dear members of the CloudStack community,

Last week the Apache Software Foundation board unanimously voted a resolution to make me the
new VP of Apache CloudStack. This came after a unanimous vote of the CloudStack PMC and is
regular process of our community as described in our bylaws.

I am excited to take on this new role after two amazing VP (Chip and Hugo) since CloudStack
came to the ASF. Many thanks to them and especially Hugo for the work he has done in the past

The ASF is setup so that the governance of a project really belongs to the community itself.
CloudStack is what we all make it to be, we all have equal footing when time comes to develop
the code, create events, take decisions and so on. As VP I do not have a special say in our
direction. This governance model is in stark contrast with other open source project that
follow more of a benevolent dictator model. I mention this as a bit of disclaimer and to re-enforce
the fact that while I have views about what we should do, they are my personal views and that
they do not represent any sorts of official roadmaps, and that anyone is welcome to disagree

In Budapest, we had a great conference. Chip and I showed several CloudStack use cases. Our
user base is strong with over 300 production deployments. Our community is large and diverse
with 2000 people on the mailing lists, but we need to keep advocating for CloudStack, make
it an even greater software and grow our community. At the very least this helps us learn
from each other, better our own skills and our employers IT infrastructure. At the very best
AWS switches to CloudStack :)

So here are some food for thoughts that will hopefully excite you, want to get engage, talk
about CloudStack and bring on board your friends:

On the code:
- Keep improving quality, remove dead code, cleanup JIRA, cleanup Review Board
We have successfully moved to GitHub pull requests, we should stop using RB
- Simplify the dev process and adopt a new committing system to avoid regressions at all costs.
We have talked about this for a long time but have failed had doing something concrete. It
is time.
- Remove the AWSAPI (there is a branch without it right now), we should merge it in master
I am going to push for IP clearance of ec2stack and gstack to get them under ASF governance.
- Several Cloud Providers have unveiled new CloudStack UI, maybe it’s time we do the same.
- Solidify the testing infrastructure, keep Jenkins builds running
- Brainstorm on the future of CloudStack and IaaS in general. What should CloudStack be in
10 years ?
While CloudStack is what it is now, nothing prevents us to re-architect, re-think, re-code
it within the current framework.
- Finally, package the mgt server and the KVM agent as Docker containers
Docker is a great portability mechanism. We should embrace Docker as a packaging tool (first)
and provide container images for our mgt server (at a minimum).
This could become a type of release artifact that could be easily continuously built.

On the ecosystem:
We have a really strong ecosystem. From configuration management tools, API wrappers, PaaS
plugins etc.
We need to feature our ecosystem clearly on our website, support it and keep on growing it
as new technologies emerge.

Things that come to mind:
- Push to get our Ansible module into the Ansible core
- Publish “official” chef recipes to deploy CloudStack
- Identify and publish “official” Puppet recipes
- Build Docker native templates (coreOS, rancherOS, Snappy, Atomic)
- Finally cleanup cloud-init support for CloudStack, this is preventing us from having upstream
centOS templates.
- Publish playbooks/recipes to deploy workloads on CloudStack (think Hadoop, Spark, Kubernetes)
- Work actively on up to date integration with CloudFoundry

On documentation:
I and couple others successfully moved our docs to the Read The Docs service. This was a first
great move but we need to finish the job.
We need to rethink our documentation tree, maybe merge all guides in one, correct the docs,
create a new theme for it.
This is an easy area to contribute to if you are using cloudstack. Just send a pull request
(click on the top right ribbon).
If you don’t know how, then it will teach you how to use github, great exercise.
We also need to routinely build the multi languages support.

On Events:
We have at least four great events coming in 2015. Austin, Seattle, Tokyo and Dublin.
Let’s meet at one of those events.
Let’s submit a talk or a poster, tell everyone about the great stuff you are doing with
If you are in a position at your company to sponsor the event, please do, we need your help
to make those great events.
Open Source is about collaboration and sharing, so let’s meet around the globe from Sao
Paulo to Dublin to Tokyo and talk Cloud, DevOps and Docker :)

Finally on the Website:
We can live without a website, but having a good one is a great way to showcase our community
and our work.
The current website is an improvement to what it was before but we need to do much much better.
I recently did a small experiment and we could use github page. There is now a gh-pages branch
in our repo.
Anyone can actually contribute to that branch and it will rebuild a site automatically.
If we could find a great web designer in our community, we could rebuild our site and make
it a very modern, polished site that would attract even more people.
It’s an easy one, it just needs someone to step up and do it.

There is much more to this list, It is almost a brain dump. I figure that if we could work
on those five areas and improve them, even just a bit, our project would be so much stronger.
Some of them are easy, it’s just a question of sitting down and doing it.

So while I cannot tell you what to do, and cannot assign people to some of these tasks. I
encourage you to look at that list and see if there is an area or a thought that strikes your
mind and excites you. If there is, the only think I ask is that you send a pull request or
at the very least an email to tell the rest of us what you are doing.

To conclude, we do have a bit of bi-polar syndrome in tech, we need rock solid software in
production but we also want to work on the latest cool technologies. I think we can do both,
and if we can do something that is both cool and rock solid in prod than we will have that
amazing feeling of accomplishment and doing great work

Let’s keep on making CloudStack great in the coming year and let’s have fun doing it,


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