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From Will Stevens <williamstev...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release
Date Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:39:16 GMT
Sorry, just saw this.  I will do a once through and get back to you...

On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 12:15 PM, Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org> wrote:

> Thank you, Giles.
>
> Also, re: "v4.9" vs. "4.9", the ASF House Style is to write it as "v4.9"
> in the heading of a press release and refer to it as "4.9" elsewhere.
>
> This is similar to our need to reference "CloudStack" as its full name,
> "Apache CloudStack" in its initial mention (press release, Website, etc.).
> This is a Trademarks/Brand Management thing, but still relevant.
>
> To that end, I will be going through the final draft of the press release
> and ensuring that we're in synch with respect to House Style, trademarks
> notice, etc., before going live.
>
> Of course, any proposed editorial changes will be forwarded to you before
> anything happens on that front.
>
> As always, feel free to let me know if you need anything!
>
> Kind thanks,
> Sally
>
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> ------------------------------
> *From:* Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>
> *To:* Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org>; "marketing@cloudstack.apache.org" <
> marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>; "dev@cloudstack.apache.org" <
> dev@cloudstack.apache.org>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, August 17, 2016 12:10 PM
>
> *Subject:* RE: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release
>
> Sally
> All noted. I’m asking some folks for a quote – will come back to you
>
> Kind Regards
> Giles
>
> giles.sirett@shapeblue.com
> www.shapeblue.com
> @shapeblue
>
>
> *From:* Sally Khudairi [mailto:sk@apache.org]
> *Sent:* 17 August 2016 17:07
> *To:* marketing@cloudstack.apache.org; Giles Sirett <
> giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>; dev@cloudstack.apache.org; Sally Khudairi <
> sk@apache.org>
> *Subject:* Re: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release
>
> Hello again, everyone --I want to reiterate that it would be a very good
> idea for us (= the Project) to solicit at few testimonials from the Apache
> CloudStack user community.
>
> One thing that we tout is that CloudStack "just works". It would be
> unusual for us to make a formal announcement regarding a major release and
> not have any testimonials.
>
> As the ASF's VP Marketing & Publicity, I can attest that we have only had
> one such announcement, which was received by the media/analyst community
> with curiosity (to put it politely) ... "why won't anyone own up to using
> your product?" is not something I'd like us to have to deal with,
> particularly as that's not the case.
>
> To that end, I will be happy to help work with you on this front, and
> strongly recommend that we consider holding off on issuing the press
> release until we have secured some user quotes.
>
> Should we choose to do this, and if we can secure the quotes by Sunday
> evening, I can issue the announcement as early as 4AM ET on Monday 22
> August. Yes, I'll be sleepy, but it's worth it <g>
>
> Thoughts?
>
> Warmly,
> Sally
>
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> ------------------------------
> *From:* Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org>
> *To:* Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>; "
> marketing@cloudstack.apache.org" <marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>; "
> dev@cloudstack.apache.org" <dev@cloudstack.apache.org>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, August 17, 2016 10:32 AM
> *Subject:* Re: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release
>
> Thanks, Giles.
>
> OK. Normally, we don't cross-collaborate on marketing/PR issues with
> public lists, but we can't unstrike the bell at this point.
>
> I'll await your clearance.
>
> -Sally
>
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> ------------------------------
> *From:* Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>
> *To:* "marketing@cloudstack.apache.org" <marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>;
> "dev@cloudstack.apache.org" <dev@cloudstack.apache.org>
> *Cc:* Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, August 17, 2016 9:11 AM
> *Subject:* RE: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release
>
> Sally
>
> I’m cross posting this to dev@ - we’ve not had much input on marketing@,
> so I’d like some other eyeballs on this if we’re going to turn it around
> today
>
> I agree, we need to get this finalised ASAP
>
> My view would be to roll with the PR immediately. I know Thurs/Fri aren’t
> great but we’ve already actually announced this so run the risk of the PR
> being 10 days after the event
>
>
> Don’t think we’ll have time to get testimonials – unless somebody wants to
> jump in here quickly
>
> I’ve drafted a quote for Will  below.
> I’ve also taken Madan’s feedback and changed the order of the feature list
> Will – please  chime in if you want something different in the quote, what
> I’ve written is pretty bland
> Is Will unable to confirm, you can attribute it to me as PMC member  as an
> alternative
>
>
>
>
> Kind Regards
> Giles
>
> giles.sirett@shapeblue.com
> www.shapeblue.com
> @shapeblue
>
>
> *From:* Sally Khudairi [mailto:sk@apache.org <sk@apache.org>]
> *Sent:* 17 August 2016 13:50
> *To:* Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>;
> marketing@cloudstack.apache.org
> *Subject:* Re: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release
>
> Thanks so much, Giles. This is a great draft. Glad to see that the
> template is still useful :-)
>
> Do let me know when the copy is locked in. I'll need the final draft by
> 6PM ET prior to the day we'll be issuing the announcement over the wire.
>
> Seeing that we're at the end of the "ideal" release timeframe (Thursdays
> and Fridays aren't best for global media visibility), were you wanting to
> go announce on Monday or whenever you're ready?
>
> Also, if we could please include at least a quote from the PMC Chair, that
> would be ideal.
>
> Are there any user testimonials you'd like to include? If so, those will
> need to be secured.
>
> Thanking you in advance,
> Sally
>
> = = = = =
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>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>
> *To:* "marketing@cloudstack.apache.org" <marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>
> *Cc:* Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, August 17, 2016 6:15 AM
> *Subject:* [draft for review] -4.9 -press release
>
> All
> I’ve drafted the following for the 4.9 press release.
> Please chime in with comments/changes/etc (bearing in mind, that we really
> need to get a release out ASAP as its been already 5 days since the
> [announce] was sent)
>
> Despite the scale of this release , there are not many
> super-exciting/headline-grabbing new features so I’ve cherry picked these
> for the Press release:
>
> - Enhancements to Cloudstack networking model including deeper integration
> with Nuage VSP SDN
> -Out of band power management of hosts through IPMI,iLO,DRAC
> -User defined security roles
> -Over 180 minor enhancements and issues fixed
>
> Happy if somebody else can help find some other headline features from the
> release notes
> (BTW – the 180 came from the complete list of issues fixed)
>
>
> ##starts##
>
> [APACHE CLOUDSTACK LOGO]
>
> Announcing Apache™ CloudStack™ v4.9
>
> Mature, easy-to-deploy Open Source Cloud computing software continues to
> meet the demands of the worlds largest cloud providers.
>
> [DATELINE] —[date]—The Apache CloudStack project today announced the
> immediate
> availability of Apache CloudStack v4.9, the latest version of the turnkey
> Open Source cloud
> computing software platform used for creating private-, public-, and
> hybrid cloud environments.
>
> Apache CloudStack clouds enable billions of dollars' worth of business
> transactions annually
> across their clouds, and its maturity, stability and ease of deployment
> has led it to has become the Open Source
> platform for many service providers to set up on-demand, elastic public
> cloud computing services,
> as well as enterprises and others to set up a private or hybrid cloud for
> use by their own
> employees.
>
> CloudStack includes an intuitive user interface and rich APIs for managing
> the compute, networking, software, and storage infrastructure resources. It
> supports a broad range of integration points for both traditional and
> cloud-native workloads.
>
> CloudStack v4.9 reflects dozens of new features and improvements,
> including:
>
> -Out of band power management of hosts through IPMI,iLO,DRAC
> - Enhancements to Cloudstack networking model including deeper integration
> with Nuage VSP SDN
> -User defined security roles
> -Over 180 minor enhancements and issues fixed
>
> A complete overview of all new enhancements can be found in the project
> release notes at http://docs.cloudstack.apache.org/projects/cloudstack-
> release-notes/en/4.9.0/
>
> CloudStack has been used by thousands of organizations worldwide and is in
> use/production
> at Alcatel-Lucent, Autodesk, BT Cloud, China Telecom, DataPipe, Exoscale,
> Globo.com, GreenQloud,
> Hokkaido University, IDC Frontier, Ikoula, Interoute, KDDI, KT/Korea
> Telecom, LeaseWeb, NTT, Orange,
> PCextreme, Schuberg Philis, Shopzilla, Slovak Telekom, Tata, Trader
> Media Group, TomTom, University of Melbourne, University of Sao Paolo,
> Verizon and WebMD  among many others.
> A list of known users of the software can be found at
> http://cloudstack.apache.org/users.html
>
> Will Stevens, VP of Apache Cloudstack commented on the release: “we’re
> delighted to be releasing 4.9 of Apache CloudStack. This version brings
> many new exciting features, with the continued emphasis on making Apache
> Cloudstack the easiest to deploy  and most reliable platform for running
> IaaS environments. The release is the culmination of many months of hard
> work by our broad developer community.”
>
> Availability
> CloudStack v4.9 is available immediately as a free download from
> http://cloudstack.apache.org/downloads.html.
> Apache CloudStack software is released under the Apache License v2.0.
>
> Governance and Oversight
> Apache CloudStack 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.
>
> Get Involved!
> Apache CloudStack welcomes contribution and community participation
> through mailing lists
> as well as attending face-to-face MeetUps, developer trainings, and user
> events.
>
>
> About Apache CloudStack
> Apache CloudStack is a mature, turnkey integrated
> Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Open
> Source software platform that allows users to build feature-rich public
> and private cloud
> environments. Hailed by Gartner Group as "a solid product", CloudStack
> includes an intuitive
> user interface and rich APIs for managing the compute, networking,
> software, and storage infrastructure
> resources. CloudStack entered the Apache Incubator in April 2012 and
> became an Apache Top-level
> Project in March 2013. For downloads, documentation, and ways to become
> involved with Apache
> CloudStack, visit http://cloudstack.apache.org/ and
> https://twitter.com/CloudStack
>
> ##ends##
>
>
> Kind Regards
> Giles
>
> giles.sirett@shapeblue.com
> www.shapeblue.com
> @shapeblue
>
>
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