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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Stratos™ as a Top-Level Project
Date Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:00:41 GMT
>> NOTE: this announcement is also available online at http://s.apache.org/Gv6

Open Source Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) framework brings enterprise-grade service, governance,
security, and performance to private-, public-, and hybrid clouds

Forest Hill, MD –3 June 2014– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer
developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 170 Open Source projects and initiatives,
announced today that Apache Stratos 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. 

"Apache Stratos graduation is an indicator of the project adhering to Apache Way of Open Communities
and endorses meritocratic participation," said Suresh Marru, ASF Member and Apache Stratos
Incubation Mentor.

Apache Stratos is a highly-extensible Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) framework that helps run
Apache Tomcat, PHP, and MySQL applications and can be extended to support many more environments
on all major cloud infrastructures. For developers, Stratos provides a cloud-based environment
for developing, testing, and running scalable applications. IT providers benefit from high
utilization rates, automated resource management, and platform-wide insight including monitoring
and billing. 

Originally developed by WSO2, Stratos entered the Apache Incubator in June 2013, and currently
has code contributions from dozens of individuals representing Cisco, Citrix, Indiana University,
and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory among other organizations. 

"Donating Stratos to the Apache Incubator has been a great success: we have added significant
new capabilities to the technology and at the same time the community has really grown," said
Lakmal Warusawithana, Vice President of Apache Stratos, and Director of Cloud Architecture
at WSO2. 

Stratos brings self-service management, elastic scaling, multi-tenant deployment, usage monitoring,
as well as additional capabilities, such as the ability to take any server software to run
"as-a-Service" alongside other app containers. Apache Stratos deploys onto Infrastructure-as-a-Service
(IaaS) such as Amazon EC2, OpenStack, SUSECloud, VMWare vCloud and many more. 

In addition, the Project has announced the release of Apache Stratos v4.0. Improvements include
the ability to: 

1. Map into underlying datacenter infrastructure and create policies (called "partitions"):
this unique functionality goes beyond other PaaS infrastructures to make Stratos truly enterprise

2. Plug in third-party load balancers such as HAProxy that provides pure TCP load balancing;

3. Support real-time complex event processing for autoscaling: Stratos can take any available
data on load and usage including on-VM CPU load, network and memory usage, together with data
from the load-balancer and pipe this into a powerful real-time event processing engine. 

Apache Stratos is used by leading organizations building connected ecosystems in aerospace,
telecommunication, and construction industries. Stratos powers one of the world’s largest
aviation companies' digital airline initiative to re-invent supply chain logistics.  Leading
network infrastructure providers are integrating Apache Stratos to deliver advanced telecommunication
services to their client base while maintaining telco-grade reliability and availability under
peak load.  A construction and engineering equipment provider is using Apache Stratos to
build a multi-tenant cloud solution that can tailor policies and rules to specific niche markets.

"The successful incubation of Stratos and graduation to an Apache top-level project is a significant
step for this project," said Scott Yow, Vice President of product management at Cisco. "The
addition of the partitioning and complex autoscaling capabilities in Stratos 4.0 are critical
to service provider-grade deployments. The  disaster recovery and high-availability support
provide the foundation for a 99.999-plus percent platform and is a significant improvement
to Stratos, which we applaud." 

"Apache Stratos has a much broader focus than most other PaaS environments, giving me much
more flexibility when architecting cloud solutions," said Chris Snow, Solution Architect in
the UK Mobile Banking sector. "Stratos 4 is a major evolution of the architecture and is a
huge credit to the dedicated and passionate community that are driving this project." 

"We are considering Apache Stratos to build Science Gateway Platform Services (http://scigap.org/)
for the computational science community," explained Marru, who is also a Principal Systems
Architect at Indiana University. 

"We've shown that not only do we get the 'Apache Way' as a community, but that it has had
a real impact on improving the code. I'm really excited that we have become a fully fledged
Apache project and the release of Stratos 4.0 brings a whole range of new capabilities. This
is an exciting time for Stratos," added Warusawithana. 

Availability and Oversight 
As with all Apache products, Apache Stratos 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. For documentation and ways to become involved with Apache
Stratos, visit http://stratos.apache.org/ 

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) 
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than one hundred and seventy
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(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations
and corporate sponsors including Budget Direct, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google,
Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban,
WANdisco, and
Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter. 

"Apache", "Stratos", "Apache Stratos", and "ApacheCon" are trademarks of The Apache Software
Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 

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