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From "Sally Khudairi" ...@apache.org>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® CloudMonkey® v6.0
Date Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:01:28 GMT
[this announcement is available online at https://s.apache.org/aznB ]

Popular Open Source Command Line Interface tool that simplifies Apache CloudStack configuration
and management now faster and easier to use.

Wakefield, MA —20 March 2019— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer
developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives,
announced today Apache® CloudStack® CloudMonkey v6.0, the latest version of the turnkey
enterprise Cloud orchestration platform's command line interface tool. 

Apache CloudStack is the proven, highly scalable, and easy-to-deploy IaaS platform used for
rapidly creating private, public, and hybrid Cloud environments. Thousands of large-scale
public Cloud providers and enterprise organizations use Apache CloudStack to enable billions
of dollars worth of business transactions annually across their clouds.
Apache CloudMonkey v6.0.0 is the latest major release since the previous major 5.x release
in September 2013.  CloudMonkey v6.0.0 is a rewrite of the original tool in Go programming
language, and can be used both as an interactive shell and as a command line tool that simplifies
CloudStack configuration and management.

Some of the new features and major changes include:

 - Rewrite in Go, ships as single binary for Linux, Mac, and Windows
 - Drop-in replacement for legacy Python-based cloudmonkey
 - About 5-20x faster than legacy Python-based cloudmonkey
 - Interactive UX for parameter and arg completion and selection
 - JSON is the default output format
 - New column based output
 - Enable debug mode using set debug true option, file-based logging removed
 - Per server profile based API cache
 - New syntax arg=@/path/to/file to pass the content of file as API argument value similar
to curl
 - Improve help docs using -h argument
 - Removed: XML output, coloured output, several set options

"This release is the work of over one year of effort and driven by the people operating CloudStack
clouds," said Rohit Yadav, Apache CloudStack CloudMonkey v6.0 author, and release manager.
"I would like to thank the contributors across all of these organizations for supporting this
release, which reflects both the user-driven nature of our community and the Apache CloudStack
project's commitment to continue to be the most stable, easily deployable, scalable Open Source
platform for IaaS. Along with ease of installation, usage and availability of cross-platform
dependency-free builds including Windows builds, v6.0 brings many changes and optimizations
such as more interactive shell for parameter completion, faster API requests processing, server
profile specific API caching, improved API help docs and a new syntax to pass content of files
as API parameter argument." More on the background and story behind the CloudMonkey 6.0 effort
can be found at https://blogs.apache.org/cloudstack/entry/what-s-coming-in-cloudmonkey

"Apache CloudStack is a significant part of our Cloud portfolio right now – we run large
deployments all over the world, often supporting critical customer applications," said Robert
van der Meulen, Product Strategy Lead at Leaseweb Global B.V. "CloudMonkey is an invaluable
tool for interacting with CloudStack-based clouds, and it's the go-to tool that we recommend
to our customers when they want to use command-line interaction with our CloudStack platforms."

"CloudMonkey is an effective tool for the operators of CloudStack environments and  it becomes
essential in large-scale CloudStack deployments," said Giles Sirett, CEO of ShapeBlue. "It's
great to see this new version of CloudMonkey: having a CLI that can run on Windows desktops
as well as Linux and Mac is important as we see more enterprise adoption of Apache CloudStack."

"CloudMonkey is now written in Golang, and with version v6.0 loading, speed has been drastically
improved (accessing the CLI in under 0.5s)," said Pierre-Luc Dion, Cloud Architect at Cloud.ca.
"This simplifies installation, deployments, updates, and operational efficiency."

"After many years of managing production Apache CloudStack deployments, I consider CloudMonkey
a core tool in anyone's CloudStack toolkit, and now also being available for Windows makes
me really happy," said Andrija Panic, Apache CloudStack Committer. "I can certainly see major
speed improvements, but also having backward compatibility is what is so great with this new
release."

Catch Apache CloudStack in action at ApacheCon 9-12 September 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and
at numerous Meetups worldwide, held throughout the year.

Downloads and Documentation
The official source code for CloudMonkey v6.0.0 can be downloaded from http://cloudstack.apache.org/downloads.html.
The community-maintained builds are available at the project's Github release page at https://github.com/apache/cloudstack-cloudmonkey/releases
. CloudMonkey's usage is documented at https://github.com/apache/cloudstack-cloudmonkey/wiki

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.
For downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache CloudStack, visit http://cloudstack.apache.org/
and https://twitter.com/CloudStack

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 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 730 individual Members
and 7,000 Committers across six continents 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
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