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From Joe Brockmeier <>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache CloudStack as a Top-Level Project
Date Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:19:17 GMT
Sending to users@ - this is now officially official! Please spread the
word on Twitter, Facebook, etc.



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 at

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 users
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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Sally Khudairi
Vice President
The Apache Software Foundation
+1 617 921 8656


Joe Brockmeier
Twitter: @jzb

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