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From Giles Sirett <giles.sir...@shapeblue.com>
Subject RE: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release
Date Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:56:45 GMT
Ha!

“read my emails Giles before commenting” – there, I’ve said it for you ☺


Kind Regards
Giles


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From: Sally Khudairi [mailto:sk@apache.org]
Sent: 19 August 2016 16:56
To: Apache CloudStack Marketing <marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>
Subject: Fw: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release

...and my response to Giles, now on-list :-)

-Sally


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From: Sally Khudairi <sallykhudairi@yahoo.com<mailto:sallykhudairi@yahoo.com>>
To: Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com<mailto:giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>>;
Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org<mailto:sk@apache.org>>
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2016 11:52 AM
Subject: Re: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release

Thanks, Giles.

Yes, as mentioned earlier on-list, "vN.N" is used in the headline (ASF House Style), and "4.9"
elsewhere in the release/Website/*.

I'll be doing another run-through for continuity, etc., before going live. My eyes are practically
crossed with all sorts of writing this week ;-P

Cheers,
Sally

[From the mobile; please excuse top-posting, spelling/spacing errors, and brevity]

----- Reply message -----
From: "Giles Sirett" <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com<mailto:giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>>
To: "Sally Khudairi" <sk@apache.org<mailto:sk@apache.org>>
Subject: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release
Date: Fri, Aug 19, 2016 11:48

Sally – looks great – thanks for your efforts
Only comment from me: I know we had a discussion on “to v or not to v” in front of the
version number, but now we seem to have a combo of both. I don’t feel strongly either way
(slight preference to loose the v’s) but should we not keep it consistent one way or the
other ?

I am the worst person for spotting typos – so I’ll let others do that !

Kind Regards
Giles


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From: Sally Khudairi [mailto:sk@apache.org]
Sent: 19 August 2016 16:40
To: marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>; Giles Sirett
<giles.sirett@shapeblue.com<mailto:giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>>; Sally Khudairi
<sallykhudairi@yahoo.com<mailto:sallykhudairi@yahoo.com>>
Cc: Will Stevens <williamstevens@gmail.com<mailto:williamstevens@gmail.com>>
Subject: Re: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release

Hello, everyone --a quick update with the latest draft below, reflecting minor edits, alignments
with ASF House Style, and added testimonials.

Kindly forward any show-stopping changes, plus any additions/testimonials, no later than 6PM
ET on Sunday.

I'm aiming to announce early Monday morning (~4AM ET).

Many kind thanks,
Sally

= = =

DRAFT :: NOT FOR DISSEMINATION

[APACHE CLOUDSTACK LOGO]

Announcing Apache® CloudStack™ v4.9

Mature, easy-to-deploy Open Source Cloud computing software meets the demands of the world’s
largest Cloud providers

Forest Hill, MD —22 August 2016— The Apache CloudStack project announced today the immediate
availability of Apache CloudStack 4.9, 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. Its maturity, stability and ease of deployment has led it to become the
Open Source platform of choice for many service providers offering on-demand, elastic public
Cloud computing services. CloudStack is also leveraged by many enterprises to provide private
or hybrid Clouds for use by their 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.

"We're delighted to be releasing 4.9 of Apache CloudStack,” said Will Stevens, Vice President
of Apache CloudStack. "This version brings many new and exciting features, with the continued
emphasis on making Apache CloudStack the easiest Cloud platform to deploy and most reliable
platform for running IaaS environments. This release is the culmination of many months of
hard work by our diverse developer community."

CloudStack 4.9 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
 - More than 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/<http://docs.cloudstack.apache.org/projects/Cloudstack-release-notes/en/4.9.0/>

Apache CloudStack has been used by thousands of organizations worldwide and is in use/production
at Alcatel-Lucent, Autodesk, BT Cloud, China Telecom, Codero Hosting, 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,
Telia Latvia, Trader Media Group, TomTom, University of Melbourne, University of Sao Paolo,
Verizon, WebMD and Cloud.ca among many others. A list of known users of the software can be
found at http://cloudstack.apache.org/users.html

"At Codero, we have been running our Public Cloud flawlessly on CloudStack since 2012 having
selected it to power our Public and Hybrid Cloud due to its amazing stability, ease of use,
and versatility," said Emil Sayegh, CEO and Chairman of Codero Hosting. "We are excited for
the release of the next version of Apache CloudStack with its new features and capabilities
that cement it as the Open Source platform of choice for leading hosting providers."

"Apache CloudStack has enabled us at Exoscale to build a public Cloud infrastructure offering
that targets Cloud native teams directly," said Marc-Aurèle Brothier, Senior Developer at
Exoscale. "CloudStack's flexibility lets us choose standard components for most workloads
and then swap in our own code where our product and customers' needs demand it. We're excited
to have contributed to CloudStack and also for the future of our CloudStack-based business."

"Apache CloudStack has been at the very foundation of Telia CLOUDY SERVICES already for more
than 3 years," said Mārtiņš Paurs, CCO of CLOUDY SERVICES by Telia Latvia. "After starting
with regular IaaS services, during time it has taken over orchestration of Cloud based video
surveillance, CDN and video lifecycle management workloads, all for the benefit of our customers.
And CloudStack does it really well! The ease of use, stability, professional and community
support, powerful features  and scale we can achieve by using CloudStack has turned upside
down the way and pace we innovate together with the very demanding market."

Availability
CloudStack 4.9 is available immediately as a free download from http://Cloudstack.apache.org/downloads.html<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.
Anybody wishing to get involved in the project can find out more at http://Cloudstack.apache.org/contribute.html<http://cloudstack.apache.org/contribute.html>

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

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "CloudStack", and "Apache CloudStack" 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.

# # #

________________________________
From: Sally Khudairi <sallykhudairi@yahoo.com<mailto:sallykhudairi@yahoo.com>>
To: "marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>" <marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>>;
Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com<mailto:giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>>;
Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org<mailto:sk@apache.org>>
Cc: Will Stevens <williamstevens@gmail.com<mailto:williamstevens@gmail.com>>
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2016 10:48 AM
Subject: Re: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release

Hi everyone --I just received another testimonial:

"Apache CloudStack has enabled us at Exoscale to build a public cloud infrastructure offering
that targets cloud native teams directly," said Marc-Aurèle Brothier, Senior Development
at Exoscale. "CloudStack's flexibility lets us choose standard components for most workloads
and then swap in our own code where our product and customers' needs demand it. We're excited
to have contributed to CloudStack and also for the future of our CloudStack-based business."

Warmly,
Sally

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________________________________
From: Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org<mailto:sk@apache.org>>
To: Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com<mailto:giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>>;
"marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>" <marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>>
Cc: Will Stevens <williamstevens@gmail.com<mailto:williamstevens@gmail.com>>
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2016 10:17 AM
Subject: Re: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release

Thanks, Giles.

I'm on standby for the additional testimonials.

As mentioned, I'll be updating the headline and quotes to meet the ASF House Style before
the announcement goes out.

If everything comes in by 6PM ET on Sunday, we'll be good to go first thing on Monday.

Kind regards,
Sally

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vox +1 617 921 8656
gvox +1 646 598 4616
skype sallykhudairi

________________________________
From: Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com<mailto:giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>>
To: "marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>" <marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>>
Cc: Will Stevens <williamstevens@gmail.com<mailto:williamstevens@gmail.com>>;
Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org<mailto:sk@apache.org>>
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:37 AM
Subject: RE: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release

I’m dropping this now from Dev because its getting confusing

Ok – Will, looks good.
On the version below, I’ve added a link to the contribute page (as per Tims feedback)

I’ve also added in Emil’s quote.

Sally, unless anybody else chimes in, I think we’re good to go with the exception of the
additional  quotes/testimonials, which we should have in next 24 hours.
It may be that we need to move Will’s quote up a little to separate it from the user quotes





[APACHE CLOUDSTACK LOGO]

Announcing Apache™ CloudStack™ v4.9

Mature, easy-to-deploy Open Source Cloud computing software which meets the demands of the
worlds largest cloud providers.

[DATELINE] -[date]- The Apache CloudStack project announced today the immediate
availability of Apache CloudStack 4.9, 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. Its maturity, stability and ease of deployment has led it to become the
Open Source
platform of choice for many service providers offering on-demand, elastic public cloud computing
services.
CloudStack is also leveraged by many enterprises to provide private or hybrid clouds for use
by their 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 4.9 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, WebMD and cloud.ca<http://cloud.ca/>
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 and exciting features, with the continued
emphasis on making Apache CloudStack the easiest cloud platform to deploy and most reliable
platform for running IaaS environments. This release is the culmination of many months of
hard work by our broad developer community."

Emil Sayegh, CEO and Chairman of Codero Hosting said:  “At Codero, we have been running
our Public Cloud flawlessly on CloudStack since 2012 having selected it to power our Public
and Hybrid Cloud due to its amazing stability, ease of use, and versatility. We are excited
for the release of the next version of Apache CloudStack with its new features and capabilities
that cement it as the Open Source platform of choice for leading hosting providers”.



Availability
CloudStack 4.9 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.
Anybody wishing to get involved in the project can find out more at http://cloudstack.apache.org/contribute.html



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





Kind Regards
Giles

giles.sirett@shapeblue.com<mailto:giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>
www.shapeblue.com<http://www.shapeblue.com/>
@shapeblue


From: Will Stevens [mailto:williamstevens@gmail.com]
Sent: 17 August 2016 19:02
To: marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>; Sally Khudairi
<sk@apache.org<mailto:sk@apache.org>>
Cc: Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com<mailto:giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>>;
dev@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:dev@cloudstack.apache.org>
Subject: Re: [draft for review] -4.9 -press release

I went through and fixed some grammatical items and made it read a little easier.  Hopefully
you are happy with my changes.

Cheers,

Will

-----

[APACHE CLOUDSTACK LOGO]

Announcing Apache™ CloudStack™ v4.9

Mature, easy-to-deploy Open Source Cloud computing software which meets the demands of the
worlds largest cloud providers.

[DATELINE] -[date]- The Apache CloudStack project announced today the immediate
availability of Apache CloudStack 4.9, 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. Its maturity, stability and ease of deployment has led it to become the
Open Source
platform of choice for many service providers offering on-demand, elastic public cloud computing
services.
CloudStack is also leveraged by many enterprises to provide private or hybrid clouds for use
by their 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 4.9 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, WebMD and cloud.ca<http://cloud.ca/>
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 and exciting features, with the continued
emphasis on making Apache CloudStack the easiest cloud platform to deploy and most reliable
platform for running IaaS environments. This release is the culmination of many months of
hard work by our broad developer community."

Availability
CloudStack 4.9 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

-----


On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 1:39 PM, Will Stevens <williamstevens@gmail.com<mailto:williamstevens@gmail.com>>
wrote:
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<mailto: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<mailto:giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>>
To: Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org<mailto:sk@apache.org>>; "marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>"
<marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>>; "dev@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:dev@cloudstack.apache.org>"
<dev@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto: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<mailto:giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>
www.shapeblue.com<http://www.shapeblue.com/>
@shapeblue


From: Sally Khudairi [mailto:sk@apache.org<mailto:sk@apache.org>]
Sent: 17 August 2016 17:07
To: marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>; Giles Sirett
<giles.sirett@shapeblue.com<mailto:giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>>; dev@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:dev@cloudstack.apache.org>;
Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org<mailto: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<mailto:sk@apache.org>>
To: Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com<mailto:giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>>;
"marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>" <marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>>;
"dev@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:dev@cloudstack.apache.org>" <dev@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto: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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gvox +1 646 598 4616
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________________________________
From: Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com<mailto:giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>>
To: "marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>" <marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>>;
"dev@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:dev@cloudstack.apache.org>" <dev@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:dev@cloudstack.apache.org>>
Cc: Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org<mailto: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<mailto:giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>
www.shapeblue.com<http://www.shapeblue.com/>
@shapeblue


From: Sally Khudairi [mailto:sk@apache.org]
Sent: 17 August 2016 13:50
To: Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com<mailto:giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>>;
marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto: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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vox +1 617 921 8656
gvox +1 646 598 4616
skype sallykhudairi

________________________________
From: Giles Sirett <giles.sirett@shapeblue.com<mailto:giles.sirett@shapeblue.com>>
To: "marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>" <marketing@cloudstack.apache.org<mailto:marketing@cloudstack.apache.org>>
Cc: Sally Khudairi <sk@apache.org<mailto: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)


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[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

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Kind Regards
Giles

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