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From Joe Brockmeier <...@zonker.net>
Subject REVISED (was Re: Talking Points for Graduation)
Date Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:20:37 GMT
Hi all, 

Revised talking points below: 

- Why graduation matters:

Graduation is about the community's readiness to operate as an open
source project, it's not about the state of the code - which was already
mature when CloudStack entered the incubator. What it means is that the
project is self-governing and has sufficient participation from a
diverse community that it has demonstrated to the Apache board that it's
ready to act as a TLP and gets the Apache Way. 

>From here, Apache CloudStack can operate more autonomously and that will
make it easier for the project to do things like releases and promote
itself. 

- What's the "Apache Way," and why should people care?

This can go pretty deep, see TheApacheWay.com for a really deep primer
on The Apache Way. 

In one sentence, to quote Shane Curcuru, "The Apache Way is primarily
about Community, Merit, and Openness, backed up by Pragmatism and
Charity." 

- What's the target audience for Apache CloudStack, or how do I know if
it works for my organization?

Apache CloudStack is an open source IaaS, so if your organization fits
one of these descriptions, you probably would benefit:

* Service provider that wants to provide public IaaS cloud.

* Enterprise or another organization with sufficient computing resources
that would benefit from aggregating resources, providing programmatic
access, accounting, etc. 

- What it doesn't mean:

It's deeply important to emphasize that this has nothing to do with code
maturity. One of the common misconceptions about incubating projects -
and CloudStack - is that it is a "new" project and/or that the code is
immature. We need to emphasize that CloudStack is mature software and
has been since it entered the incubator. Graduation is about community
readiness, not code readiness.

- What Apache CloudStack is:

Apache CloudStack is open source Infrastructure-as-a-Service software,
and the community that produces the software. 

CloudStack is a turnkey product that supplies integrated components for
many of the functions that organizations expect from an IaaS platform:
the UI, API, accounting, networking, management, etc. - and works with a
wide range of hypervisors, storage, and networking appliances. 

- Why Should an Organization Try CloudStack?

Maturity, stability, scalability, and community. 

* Maturity: Apache CloudStack is in use in many production deployments
for private, public, and hybrid clouds.

* Stability: It's been proven as a stable platform with a number of
long-term deployments that have seen little or no downtime. 

* Scalability: CloudStack has been used in environments with more than
30,000 physical nodes and is also used in geo-distributed environments
with data centers all over the globe. 

* Community: As part of the Apache Software Foundation, CloudStack's
community is diverse, friendly, and one that puts all contributors on
equal footing. The Apache governance model is well-understood and open. 

- What's next for the project?

Currently, the community is working on two releases.  4.0.2 is a
bug-fix release for the 4.0 feature release.  4.1.0 is our next major 
feature release.  Both releases are very close to being completed.

Users of Apache CloudStack can expect a new feature release
approximately every four months. The community has created a time-based
release model which allows for features to be build independently from
the releases themselves, and integrated at an appropriate time to be
part of the available feature release cycle.  Bug-fix releases will
continue to take place in between each major feature release, as needed.
Moving beyond our upcoming 4.1.0 feature release, the community is
already hard at work on many features expected to be included in 4.2.0.

As with all projects in the ASF, project technical decisions are made by
the community through consensus gathering and open discussion.  Apache
CloudStack's features and architecture are constantly growing and
evolving, based on the efforts of the community.

                                 ###

Best,

jzb
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Joe Brockmeier
http://dissociatedpress.net/
Twitter: @jzb

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