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From Giles Sirett <>
Subject RE: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release
Date Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:35:00 GMT
Tim – both valid points IMO, I will adjust

I’ve only got another hour or so  before being offline, so I’m going to make those adjustments
and send to sally as final copy if nobody objects

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From: Tim Mackey []
Sent: 17 August 2016 14:31
Cc: Sally Khudairi <>
Subject: Re: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release


This looks very good to me. I've one nit, and one suggestion.  The nit is that I've never
been a fan of putting a lower case 'v' in front of version numbers. For me at least, it's
rare to see things that way, and suggest instead of `CloudStack v4.9`, simply `CloudStack
4.9`. Minimally, I doubt few people would search for v4.9 when compared to searching for 4.9.

The suggestion is to include a link to a "how to get involved" page. This was the best I could
find (, and maybe it should be amended to include
things like active meetup groups and the like.


On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 9:11 AM, Giles Sirett <<>>

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

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
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From: Sally Khudairi [<>]
Sent: 17 August 2016 13:50
To: Giles Sirett <<>>;<>
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

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,

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From: Giles Sirett <<><<>>>
To: "<><<>>"
Cc: Sally Khudairi <<><<>>>
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 6:15 AM
Subject: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release

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
-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)



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

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
-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

CloudStack has been used by thousands of organizations worldwide and is in use/production
at Alcatel-Lucent, Autodesk, BT Cloud, China Telecom, DataPipe, Exoscale,, GreenQloud,
Hokkaido University, IDC Frontier, Ikoula, Interoute, KDDI, KT/Korea Telecom, LeaseWeb, NTT,
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

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.”

CloudStack v4.9 is available immediately as a free download from
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 and


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