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Friday May 22, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 22 May 2015

It's been a great week at Apache! Here's what we've been up to:

ASF Governance –the ASF Board has appointed the following corporate officers: Chairman - Brett Porter; Vice Chairman - Greg Stein; President - Ross Gardler; Executive Vice President - Rich Bowen; Treasurer - Chris Mattmann; co-Assistant Treasurers - Jan Iversen and Kevin McGrail; Secretary - Craig L Russell http://apache.org/foundation/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - Uptime over the past week is a fantastic 99.79% http://status.apache.org/

ASF Security –a team comprising ASF Members dedicated to helping and advising Apache projects on security issues, as well as co-ordinating the handling of security vulnerabilities.
 - CVE-2015-1772: Apache Hive Authentication vulnerability in HiveServer2 http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201505.mbox/%3CCAOpgucy52yzNN1FaRcxwhZmx8ZtNRjmK6V0Bxk4svAD-R1q70Q%40mail.gmail.com%3E

Apache Accumulo™ –robust, scalable, high performance data storage system that features cell-based access control and customizable server-side processing, and is based on Google's BigTable design and is built on top of Apache Hadoop, Apache Zookeeper, and Apache Thrift.
 - Apache Accumulo 1.7.0 released http://accumulo.apache.org/downloads/

Apache DeltaSpike™ –not a CDI-container, but a portable CDI extension.
 - Apache DeltaSpike 1.4.0 released http://deltaspike.apache.org/documentation/

Apache Drill™ –Open Source, enterprise-grade, schema-free SQL query engine for Apache Hadoop, NoSQL, and Cloud storage.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Drill http://s.apache.org/Id8

Apache Hive™ –data warehouse software built on top of Apache Hadoop that facilitates querying and managing large datasets residing in distributed storage.
 - Apache Hive 1.2.0 released https://hive.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Jackrabbit™ –a fully compliant implementation of the Content Repository for Java(TM) Technology API, version 2.0 (JCR 2.0) as specified in the Java Specification Request 283 (JSR 283).
 - Apache Jackrabbit 2.10.1 and Jackrabbit Oak 1.0.14 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Log4j™ –a well-known framework for logging application behavior. Log4j 2 is an upgrade to Log4j that provides significant improvements over its predecessor, Log4j 1.x, and provides many other modern features such as support for Markers, property substitution using Lookups, and asynchronous Loggers.
 - Apache Log4j 2.3 released http://logging.apache.org/log4j/2.x/

Apache NiFi (Incubating) –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data; made for dataflow.
 - Apache NiFi 0.1.0-incubating released http://nifi.incubator.apache.org/download.html

Apache Parquet™ –a general-purpose columnar storage format, built for Hadoop, usable with any choice of data processing framework, data model, or programming language.
 - Apache Parquet MR 1.7.0 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/parquet/parquet-1.7.0/

Apache Slider (Incubating) –a YARN application that deploys existing distributed applications on YARN, monitors them, and makes them larger or smaller as desired - even while the application is running.
 - Apache Slider 0.80.0-incubating released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/incubator/slider/0.80.0-incubating

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 7.0.62 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-70.cgi


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache Tomcat is the most widely used Java EE container with 58.66% of the 2015 application server market?

 - Did you know that healthcare insurance provider Oscar uses Apache Aurora's cluster compute framework and Apache Mesos for scheduling?

 - Did you know that the European Commission's MICO project uses Apache Marmotta for Linked Data?


Apache Community Notices:

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend --all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

 - Reminder: How to Safely Download Apache OpenOffice http://s.apache.org/a1R

 - Audio recordings from select tracks from ApacheCon Austin are available at http://feathercast.apache.org/ includes Cloud, Community, httpd, and Apache HTTP Server Founder's panel!

 - Presentations from ApacheCon Austin are available online http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/slides

 - Apache CouchDB is seeking design and editorial assistance in English http://markmail.org/thread/dgvjpwnxie6pji5j

 - The Apache Drill MeetUp on 26 May will be held in Los Gatos and feature Apache Kylin http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Apache-Drill-User-Group/events/221764407/

 - The next Lucene/Solr London User Group meetup will take place 4 June http://www.meetup.com/Apache-Lucene-Solr-London-User-Group/events/222476050/

 - Submit your proposal for CloudStack Days Seattle (co-located with LinuxCon) by 12 June http://clds.co/18hplxk

 - The Karlsruhe DevOps Meetup featuring Apache Mesos and Aurora will be held 16 June http://www.meetup.com/DevOps-Karlsruhe-Meetup/events/222465491/

 - MesosCon will be held 20-21 August in Seattle https://mesoscon2015.sched.org/

 - ApacheCon Europe will be held 28 September - 1 October in Budapest http://apachecon.com/

 - The first Apache Flink Conference, Flink Forward, will be held 12-13 October in Berlin http://flink-forward.org

 - CFP open for Lucene/Solr Revolution, to be held 13-16 October in Austin http://www.lucenerevolution.org

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

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Tuesday May 19, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Drill™ 1.0

Thousands of users adopt Open Source, enterprise-grade, schema-free SQL query engine for Apache Hadoop®, NoSQL, and Cloud storage.

Forest Hill, MD --19 May 2015-- The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of Apache™ Drill™ 1.0, the schema-free SQL query engine for Apache Hadoop®, NoSQL, and Cloud storage.

"The production-ready 1.0 release represents a significant milestone for the Drill project," said Tomer Shiran, member of the Apache Drill Project Management Committee. "It is the outcome of almost three years of development involving dozens of engineers from numerous companies. Apache Drill's flexibility and ease-of-use have attracted thousands of users, and the enterprise-grade reliability, security and performance in the 1.0 release will further accelerate adoption."

With the exponential growth of data in recent years, and the shift towards rapid application development, new data is increasingly being stored in non-relational, schema-free datastores including Hadoop, NoSQL and Cloud storage. Apache Drill revolutionizes data exploration and analytics by enabling analysts, business users, data scientists and developers to explore and analyze this data without sacrificing the flexibility and agility offered by these datastores. Drill processes the data in-situ without requiring users to define schemas or transform data.

"Drill introduces the JSON document model to the world of SQL-based analytics and BI" said Jacques Nadeau, Vice President of Apache Drill. "This enables users to query fixed-schema, evolving-schema and schema-free data stored in a variety of formats and datastores. The architecture of relational query engines and databases is built on the assumption that all data has a simple and static structure that’s known in advance, and this 40-year-old assumption is simply no longer valid. We designed Drill from the ground up to address the new reality.”

Apache Drill's architecture is unique in many ways. It is the only columnar execution engine that supports complex and schema-free data, and the only execution engine that performs data-driven query compilation (and re-compilation, also known as schema discovery) during query execution. These unique capabilities enable Drill to achieve record-breaking performance with the flexibility offered by the JSON document model.

The business intelligence (BI) partner ecosystem is embracing the power of Apache Drill. Organizations such as Information Builders, JReport (Jinfonet Software), MicroStrategy, Qlik®, Simba, Tableau, and TIBCO, are working closely with the Drill community to interoperate BI tools with Drill through standard ODBC and JDBC connectivity. This collaboration enables end users to explore data by leveraging sophisticated visualization tools and advanced analytics.

"We've been using Apache Drill for the past six months," said Andrew Hamilton, CTO of Cardlytics. "Its ease of deployment and use along with its ability to quickly process trillions of records has made it an invaluable tool inside Cardlytics. Queries that were previously insurmountable are now common occurrence. Congratulations to the Drill community on this momentous occasion." 

"Drill's columnar execution engine and optimizer take full advantage of Apache Parquet's columnar storage to achieve maximum performance," said Julien Le Dem, Technical Lead of Analytics Data Pipeline at Twitter and Vice President of Apache Parquet. "The Drill team has been a key contributor to the Parquet project, including recent enhancements to Parquet types and vectorization. The Drill team’s involvement in the Parquet community is instrumental in driving the standard."

"Apache Drill 1.0 raises the bar for secure, reliable and scalable SQL-on-Hadoop," said Piyush Bhargava, distinguished engineer, IT, Cisco Systems. "Because Drill integrates with existing data virtualization and visualization tools, we expect it will improve adoption of self-service data exploration and large-scale BI queries on our advanced Hadoop platform at Cisco."

"MicroStrategy recognized early on the value of Apache Drill and is one of the first analytic platforms to certify Drill," said Tim Lang, senior executive vice president and chief technology officer at MicroStrategy Incorporated.  "Because Drill is designed to be used with a minimal learning curve, it opens up more complex data sets to the end user who can immediately visualize and analyze new information using MicroStrategy’s advanced capabilities."

"Apache Drill closes a gap around self-service SQL queries in Hadoop, especially on complex, dynamic NoSQL data types," said Mike Foster, Strategic Alliances Technology Officer at Qlik.  "Drill's performance advantages for Hadoop data access, combined with the Qlik associative experience, enables our customers to continue discovering business value from a wide range of data. Congratulations to the Apache Drill community."

"Apache Drill empowers people to access data that is traditionally difficult to work with," said Jeff Feng, product manager, Tableau.  "Direct access within a centralized data repository and without pre-generating metadata definitions encourages data democracy which is essential for data-driven organizations. Additionally, Drill's instant and secure access to complex data formats, such as JSON, opens up extended analytical opportunities."

"Congratulations to the Apache Drill community on the availability of 1.0," said Karl Van den Bergh, Vice President, Products and Cloud at TIBCO. "Drill promises to bring low-latency access to data stored in Hadoop and HBase via standard SQL semantics. This innovation is in line with the value of Fast Data analysis, which TIBCO customers welcome and appreciate."

"The community's accomplishment is a testament to The Apache Software Foundation's ability to bring together diverse companies to work towards a common goal. None of this would have been possible without the contribution of engineers with advanced degrees and experience in relational databases, data warehousing, MPP, query optimization, Hadoop and NoSQL," added Nadeau. "Our community's strength is what will solidify Apache Drill as a key data technology for the next decade. We welcome interested individuals to learn more about Drill by joining the community's mailing lists, attending upcoming talks by Drill code committers at various conferences including Hadoop Summit, NoSQL Now, Hadoop World, or at a local Apache Drill MeetUp."

Availability and Oversight
Apache Drill 1.0 is available immediately as a free download from http://drill.apache.org/download/. Documentation is available at http://drill.apache.org/docs/. As with all Apache products, Apache Drill 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 ways to become involved with Apache Drill, visit http://drill.apache.org/ and @ApacheDrill on Twitter.

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 500 individual Members and 4,500 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 Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

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Friday May 15, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 15 May 2015

What a whirlwind week within the Apache community! Here's what happened:

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - Uptime over the past week is a stellar 99.83% http://status.apache.org/

ASF Security –a team comprising ASF Members dedicated to helping and advising Apache projects on security issues, as well as co-ordinating the handling of security vulnerabilities.
 - CVE-2014-7810: Apache Tomcat Security Manager Bypass http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201505.mbox/%3C5554AB1C.7050606%40apache.org%3E

Apache Incubator™ –the entry path into The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) for projects and codebases wishing to become part of the Foundation's efforts.
 - New Incubator podling: Apache CMDA (Climate Model Diagnostic Analyzer) --Web services for multi-aspect physics-based and phenomenon-oriented climate model performance evaluation and diagnosis through the comprehensive and synergistic use of multiple observational data, reanalysis data, and model outputs.

Apache CloudStack™ –Open Source software designed to deploy and manage large networks of virtual machines, as a highly available, highly scalable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Cloud computing platform.
 - Apache CloudStack 4.5.1 released http://cloudstack.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Commons™ CLI –an Open Source library that provides an API for parsing command line options passed to programs.
 - Apache Commons CLI 1.3 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-cli/download_cli.cgi

Apache Curator™ –Open Source Java libraries that make using Apache ZooKeeper much easier and more reliable.
 - Apache Curator 2.8.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/curator/

Apache Olingo™ –a Java library that enables developers to implement OData producers as well as OData consumers.
 - Apache Olingo 4.0.0-beta-03 released http://olingo.apache.org/doc/odata4/download.html

Apache POI™ –well-known in the Java field as a library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file formats, such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio, Publisher and Outlook.
 - Apache POI 3.12 released http://poi.apache.org/download.html

Apache Portals™ Gems –a collection of portlets completely portable to the Portlet API (2.0) Gems is a subproject of the Apache Portals Applications project.
 - Apache Portals Gems 1.2, RSS 1.3, Logging 1.1 released http://portals.apache.org/applications/portals-gems/

Apache Portals™ Web Content Application –a servlet/portlet application framework dedicated to the development of reverse proxying, Web content rewriting and rendering.
 - Apache Portals Web Content 2.0 released http://portals.apache.org/applications/webcontent2/index.html

Apache Sqoop™ –a tool designed for efficiently transferring bulk data between Apache Hadoop and structured datastores, such as relational databases.
 - Apache Sqoop 1.4.6 and 1.99.6 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/sqoop/

Apache Subversion™ –an Open Source centralized version control system characterized by its reliability as a safe haven for valuable data; the simplicity of its model and usage; and its ability to support the needs of a wide variety of users and projects, from individuals to large-scale enterprise operations.
 - Apache Subversion 1.9.0-rc1 released http://subversion.apache.org/download/#pre-releases

Apache Traffic Server™ –a fast, scalable and extensible HTTP/1.1 compliant caching proxy server.
 - Apache Traffic Server 5.3.0 released http://trafficserver.apache.org/downloads


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that MapR chose Apache Parquet for Drill due to the openness of its community? http://parquet.apache.org/ http://drill.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache Helix is used at companies such as Instagram (backend management), LinkedIn (direct messaging), Pinterest (cluster management), and RedHat (Clustering in jBPM)? http://helix.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache Storm's stream processing is used at Alipay (China's leading third-party online payment platform) for 100M+ messages/day and log processing 6T+/day? http://storm.apache.org/documentation/Powered-By.html


Apache Community Notices:

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend --all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

 - Reminder: How to Safely Download Apache OpenOffice http://s.apache.org/a1R

 - Audio recordings from select tracks from ApacheCon Austin are available at http://feathercast.apache.org/ includes Cloud, Community, httpd, and Apache HTTP Server Founder's panel!

 - Presentations from ApacheCon Austin are available online http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/slides

 - Apache CouchDB is seeking design and editorial assistance in English http://markmail.org/thread/dgvjpwnxie6pji5j

 - A lightning talk on Apache Calcite will take place on 20 May at XLDB in Stanford http://www-conf.slac.stanford.edu/xldb2015/

 - Apache Usergrid will be featured at {CODESHOW}SE on 21 May in Charleston https://www.codeshowse.com/

 - The Apache CloudStack European User Group will be held 21 May in London http://www.shapeblue.com/events/cloudstack-european-user-group-5/

 - The Apache Drill MeetUp on 26 May will be held in Los Gatos and feature Apache Kylin http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Apache-Drill-User-Group/events/221764407/

 - The next Lucene/Solr London User Group meetup will take place 4 June http://www.meetup.com/Apache-Lucene-Solr-London-User-Group/events/222476050/

 - Submit your proposal for CloudStack Days Seattle (co-located with LinuxCon) by 12 June http://clds.co/18hplxk

 - The Karlsruhe DevOps Meetup featuring Apache Mesos and Aurora will be held 16 June http://www.meetup.com/DevOps-Karlsruhe-Meetup/events/222465491/

 - MesosCon will be held 20-21 August in Seattle https://mesoscon2015.sched.org/

 - ApacheCon Europe will be held 28 September - 1 October in Budapest http://apachecon.com/

 - The first Apache Flink Conference, Flink Forward, will be held 12-13 October in Berlin http://flink-forward.org

 - CFP open for Lucene/Solr Revolution, to be held 13-16 October in Austin http://www.lucenerevolution.org

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

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Friday May 08, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 8 May 2015

It's been a cracking week at the ASF! Here's what happened:

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - Uptime over the past week is an excellent 99.90% http://status.apache.org/

ASF Security –a team comprising ASF Members dedicated to helping and advising Apache projects on security issues, as well as co-ordinating the handling of security vulnerabilities.
 - CVE-2014-0230 Apache Tomcat Denial of Service http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201505.mbox/%3C554949D1.8030904%40apache.org%3E

Apache Incubator™ –the entry path into The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) for projects and codebases wishing to become part of the Foundation's efforts.
- New Incubator podling: Apache Atlas -- a scalable and extensible set of core foundational governance services that enables enterprises to effectively and efficiently meet their compliance requirements within Hadoop and allows integration with the complete enterprise data ecosystem.

Apache CXF™ –an Open Source services framework for building and developing services using frontend programming APIs such as JAX-WS and JAX-RS.
 - Apache CXF 3.1.0 released http://cxf.apache.org/download.html

Apache Directory™ DS –an extensible and embeddable directory server entirely written in Java, which has been certified LDAPv3 compatible by the Open Group.
 - ApacheDS 2.0.0-M20 released http://directory.apache.org/apacheds

Apache Directory™ LDAP Client API –an ongoing effort to provide an enhanced LDAP API, as a replacement for JNDI and the existing LDAPAPI (jLdap and Mozilla LDAP API).
 - Apache Directory LDAP API 1.0.0-M30 released http://directory.apache.org/api/downloads.html

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.2.2 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Lens (Incubating) – Unified Analytics interface platform that enables multi-dimensional queries in a unified way over datasets stored in multiple warehouses.
 - Apache Lens 2.1.0-beta-incubating released http://lens.incubator.apache.org/

Apache Nutch™ –a well matured, production ready Web crawler that enables fine grained configuration, relying on Apache Hadoop™ data structures, which are great for batch processing.
 - Apache Nutch 1.10 released http://nutch.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache SpamAssassin™ –the #1 enterprise Open Source anti-spam platform that provides system administrators a filter to classify email and block "spam" (unsolicited bulk email).
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ SpamAssassin™ v3.4.1 http://s.apache.org/13G

Apache Syncope™ –an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in JEE technology and released under Apache 2.0 license.
 - Apache Syncope 1.2.4 released http://syncope.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Tomcat™ 8 –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 8.0.22 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache STeVe is used for electing new Apache Members and voting in the new ASF Board of Directors? http://steve.apache.org/

 - Did you know that the Apache Attic was established to retire ASF projects that have reached their end of life through a scalable process? http://attic.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache Giraph is used at Facebook to analyze the social graph formed by users and their connections? http://giraph.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - Reminder: How to Safely Download Apache OpenOffice http://s.apache.org/a1R

 - Presentations from ApacheCon Austin are available online http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/slides

 - Apache CouchDB is collecting user/developer testimonials based on their experience --contact <press@apache.org> for more information 

 - Presentations from Spark Summit East are available online at http://spark-summit.org/east/2015

 - Proposals for the next Berlin Buzzwords conference close 10 May. Event features Apache projects such as Lucene, Spark, Solr, and Cassandra, and will be held 31 May-3 June in Berlin http://berlinbuzzwords.de

 - The first Apache Flink MeetUp in Stockholm will be held on 11 May http://www.meetup.com/Apache-Flink-Stockholm/events/221701529/

 - A lightning talk on Apache Calcite will take place on 20 May at XLDB in Stanford http://www-conf.slac.stanford.edu/xldb2015/

 - Apache Usergrid will be featured at {CODESHOW}SE on 21 May in Charleston https://www.codeshowse.com/

 - The Apache CloudStack European User Group will be held 21 May in London http://www.shapeblue.com/events/cloudstack-european-user-group-5/

 - The Apache Drill MeetUp on 26 May will be held in Los Gatos and feature Apache Kylin http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Apache-Drill-User-Group/events/221764407/

 - CloudStack Days Seattle will be co-located with LinuxCon: submit your proposal by 12 June http://clds.co/18hplxk

 - MesosCon will be held 20-21 August in Seattle https://mesoscon2015.sched.org/

 - ApacheCon Europe will be held 28 September - 1 October in Budapest http://apachecon.com/

 - The first Apache Flink Conference, Flink Forward, will be held 12-13 October in Berlin http://flink-forward.org

 - CFP open for Lucene/Solr Revolution, to be held 13-16 October in Austin http://www.lucenerevolution.org

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

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For real-time updates, sign up for Apache-related news by sending mail to announce-subscribe@apache.org and follow @TheASF on Twitter. For a broader spectrum from the Apache community, https://twitter.com/PlanetApache provides an aggregate of both Project activities and the personal blogs of select ASF Committers.

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Tuesday May 05, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 1 May 2015

Here's what the ASF and Apache community at-large have been up to over the past week:

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - Whilst SonarQube Analysis is currently undergoing maintenance, uptime over the past week has been 100% for Apache Web sites in the US, and 99.84% for those in Europe http://status.apache.org/

Apache Incubator™ –the entry path into The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) for projects and codebases wishing to become part of the Foundation's efforts.
- New Incubator podling: Apache Geode --a data management platform that provides real-time, consistent access to data-intensive applications throughout widely distributed Cloud architectures.

Apache Parquet™ –Open Source storage format for the Apache Hadoop ecosystem.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Parquet™ as a Top-Level Project http://s.apache.org/L0H

Apache Portable Runtime™ –software libraries that provide a predictable and consistent interface to underlying platform-specific implementations.
 - Apache Portable Runtime 1.5.2 released http://apr.apache.org/download.cgi


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache Libcloud can run tests locally on all the supported Python versions using Docker? https://github.com/apache/libcloud/pull/504

 - Did you know that Apache Phoenix has supported joins for more than a year? https://blogs.apache.org/phoenix/entry/tpc_in_apache_phoenix

 - Did you know that Apache Solr efficiently powers search in eCommerce, financial services, social, media, government, Big Data, IoT, and other applications?


Apache Community Notices:

 - Presentations from ApacheCon Austin are available online http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/slides

 - Apache CouchDB is collecting user/developer testimonials based on their experience --contact <press@apache.org> for more information 

 - Presentations from Spark Summit East are available online at http://spark-summit.org/east/2015

 - Apache Solr will be represented at AngelHack Sydney 2-3 May http://www.eventbrite.com/e/angelhack-sydney-2015-tickets-15569882939?aff=estw

 - The next Apache Phoenix MeetUp will be held on 5 May in Santa Clara http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Apache-Phoenix-Meetup/events/221247399/

 - HBaseCon, the fourth annual event for the Apache HBase contributor/developer/admin/user community, will take place 7 May in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com/

 - Proposals for the next Berlin Buzzwords conference close 10 May. Event features Apache projects such as Lucene, Spark, Solr, and Cassandra, and will be held 31 May-3 June in Berlin http://berlinbuzzwords.de

 - The first Apache Flink MeetUp in Stockholm will be held on 11 May http://www.meetup.com/Apache-Flink-Stockholm/events/221701529/

 - A lightning talk on Apache Calcite will take place on 20 May at XLDB in Stanford http://www-conf.slac.stanford.edu/xldb2015/

 - Apache Usergrid will be featured at {CODESHOW}SE on 21 May in Charleston https://www.codeshowse.com/

 - The Apache CloudStack European User Group will be held 21 May in London http://www.shapeblue.com/events/cloudstack-european-user-group-5/

 - The Apache Drill MeetUp on 26 May will be held in Los Gatos and feature Apache Kylin http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Apache-Drill-User-Group/events/221764407/

 - CloudStack Days Seattle will be co-located with LinuxCon: submit your proposal by 12 June http://clds.co/18hplxk

 - MesosCon will be held 20-21 August in Seattle https://mesoscon2015.sched.org/

 - ApacheCon Europe will be held 28 September - 1 October in Budapest http://apachecon.com/

 - The first Apache Flink Conference, Flink Forward, will be held 12-13 October in Berlin http://flink-forward.org

 - CFP open for Lucene/Solr Revolution, to be held 13-16 October in Austin http://www.lucenerevolution.org

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Monday May 04, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ SpamAssassin™ v3.4.1

Latest version of award-winning Open Source anti-spam platform features top level domain updating, blocklist improvements, better SPF support to help identify spoofed emails, and Redis support for massively-scalable Bayesian installations.

Forest Hill, MD —04 May 2015— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of Apache™ SpamAssassin™ v3.4.1, the latest version of the popular anti-spam platform.

Apache SpamAssassin is the #1 enterprise Open Source anti-spam platform that provides system administrators a filter to classify email and block "spam" (unsolicited bulk email).  It uses a robust scoring framework and plug-ins to integrate a wide range of advanced heuristic and statistical analysis tests on email headers and body text.

"With the release of SpamAssassin 3.4.1, I particularly love that we're delivering new top level domains through rule updates," said Apache SpamAssassin Vice President Kevin A. McGrail. "With this latest release, we continue to deliver on our promise to separate the rules from the software, allowing administrators to react faster, stop more spammers and lower administrative overhead."

SpamAssassin v3.4.1 represents more than a year of development and nearly 500 tweaks, changes, upgrades and bug fixes over the previous release.  Highlights include: 

  • improved automation to help combat spammers that are abusing new top level domains; 
  • tweaks to the SPF support to block more spoofed emails; 
  • increased character set normalization to make rules easier to develop and stop spammers from using alternate character sets to bypass tests; 
  • continued refinement to the native IPv6 support; and 
  • improved Bayesian classification with better debugging and attachment hashing.


A complete overview of new enhancements can be found in the project release notes at https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/spamassassin/tags/spamassassin_release_3_4_1/Changes

SpamAssassin was named by eWeek as one of the 11 Apache Technologies that have changed computing in the last 10 years, and can be used on Unix, Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. It is deployed by hundreds of thousands of organizations worldwide, including national, regional and local ISPs; email service providers; Fortune Global 500 companies; small and medium-sized businesses; all levels of the education sector; governments; and private individuals.

Internet security company Guardian Digital utilizes the best-of-breed technology available in SpamAssassin to build enterprise security solutions for some of the largest companies in the world. "Using Apache SpamAssassin as a framework, our email protection system helps the most successful organizations protect their data from all forms of email attacks," stated Dave Wreski, President and CEO of Guardian Digital.

Availability and Oversight
As with all Apache products, Apache SpamAssassin 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 SpamAssassin release notes, source code, documentation, and related resources are available at http://spamassassin.apache.org/.

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 500 individual Members and 4,500 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 Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and follow https://twitter.com/TheASF

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Monday Apr 27, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Parquet™ as a Top-Level Project

Open Source storage format for the Apache™ Hadoop® ecosystem in use at Cloudera, NASA, Netflix, Stripe, and Twitter, among other organizations 

Forest Hill, MD --27 April 2015-- The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache™ Parquet™ 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.

"The incubation process at Apache has been fantastic and really the last step of making Parquet a community driven standard fully integrated within the greater Hadoop ecosystem," said Julien Le Dem, Vice President of Apache Parquet.

Apache Parquet is an Open Source columnar storage format for the Apache™ Hadoop® ecosystem, built to work across programming languages and much more:
  • processing frameworks (MapReduce, Apache Spark, Scalding, Cascading, Crunch, Kite)
  • data models (Apache Avro, Apache Thrift, Protocol Buffers, POJOs)
  • query engines (Apache Hive, Impala, HAWQ, Apache Drill, Apache Tajo, Apache Pig, Presto, Apache Spark SQL)

"At Twitter, Parquet has helped us scale our big data usage by in some cases reducing storage requirements by one third on large datasets as well as scan and deserialization time. This translated into hardware savings as well as reduced latency for accessing the data. Furthermore, Parquet being integrated with so many tools creates opportunities and flexibility regarding query engines," said Chris Aniszczyk, Head of Open Source at Twitter. "Finally, it's just fantastic to see it graduate to a top-level project and we look forward to further collaborating with the Apache Parquet community to continually improve performance."

"Parquet's integration with other object models, like Avro and Thrift, has been a key feature for our customers," said Ryan Blue, Software Engineer at Cloudera. "They can take advantage of columnar storage without changing the classes they already use in their production applications."

"At Netflix, Parquet is the primary storage format for data warehousing. More than 7 petabytes of our 10+ Petabyte warehouse is Parquet formatted data that we query across a wide range of tools including Apache Hive, Apache Pig, Apache Spark, PigPen, Presto, and native MapReduce. The performance benefit of columnar projection and statistics is a game changer for our big data platform," said Daniel Weeks, Software Engineer at Netflix. "We look forward to working with the Apache community to advance the state of big data storage with Parquet and are excited to see the project graduate to full Apache status."

"Stripe's data warehouse has been built on Parquet from the beginning," said Avi Bryant, Engineering Manager at Stripe. "Every aspect of our pipeline, from data import to machine learning to adhoc SQL analysis, uses Apache Parquet as the common interchange format."

"I was extremely happy to see Parquet arrive as an Incubator project," said Chris Mattmann, Apache Parquet Incubator Mentor, and Chief Architect, Instrument and Science Data Systems Section at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "After talking with some in its community there was a real match with this columnar data format technology and its community with the way that we do things here at the ASF. Parquet has had an exemplar Incubation, and the project has big things ahead of it. I am encouraging my Data Science Team at NASA to evaluate it for data representation especially as it relates to our science holdings in Earth, planetary and space sciences, and astrophysics."

Catch Apache Parquet in action at the Hadoop Summit, 9-11 June 2015 in San Jose, California. The Apache Parquet project welcomes contributions and community participation through mailing lists, face-to-face MeetUps, and user events. For more information, visit http://parquet.apache.org/community/

Availability and Oversight
Apache Parquet 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 Parquet, visit http://parquet.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheParquet

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 http://incubator.apache.org/.

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 500 individual Members and 4,500 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 Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

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Friday Apr 24, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 24 April 2015

After wrapping up a successful ApacheCon, Hackathons, BarCampApache, MeetUps, PGP keysigning, Project Geode Lab, Ignite Training, CloudStack Days, Spark Forum, Traffic Server Summit, and more, our community accomplished much over the past week! Here's what's happened:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - The City of Austin and Mayor Steve Adler proclaimed 13-16 April "Apache Software Foundation Days" http://s.apache.org/vx
 - Presentations from ApacheCon Austin are now online http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/slides
 - Save the Date! ApacheCon Europe will take place 28 September - 1 October in Budapest

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - Global uptime across all Apache services is an excellent 99.94% http://status.apache.org/

Apache Calcite (Incubating) –a dynamic data management framework whose cost-based optimizer converts queries, represented in relational algebra, into executable plans.
 - Apache Calcite 1.2.0 (incubating) released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/incubator/calcite/apache-calcite-1.2.0-incubating/

Apache CloudStack™ –mature, easy-to-deploy Open Source Cloud computing software platform.
 - Apache CloudStack v4.4.3 released http://cloudstack.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Commons™ Math –a library of lightweight, self-contained mathematics and statistics components addressing the most common problems not available in the Java programming language or Commons Lang.
 - Apache Commons Math 3.5 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-math/download_math.cgi

Apache HttpComponents™ Client –a library for client-side HTTP communication built on HttpCore. It provides connection management, cookie management, and authentication. This is the successor to the widely used Jakarta Commons HttpClient 3.1.
 - Apache HttpComponents HttpAsyncClient 4.1 GA released http://hc.apache.org/downloads.cgi

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.0.13 and 1.2.0 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache MyFaces™ Core –a JavaServer Faces 2.2 implementation as specified by JSR-344.
 - MyFaces Core v2.2.8 released http://myfaces.apache.org/download.html

Apache Olingo™ –offers libraries in Java and JavaScript that enable developers to implement OData producers and OData consumers.
 - Apache Olingo OData Client 4.0.0 for JavaScript released http://olingo.apache.org/doc/javascript/download.html

Apache OpenWebBeans™ –a CDI container (Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java) and targets the CDI-1.2 specification (JavaEE 7).
 - Apache OpenWebBeans-1.5.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/openwebbeans/1.5.0/

Apache Parquet (Incubating) –a set of Java libraries for working with the Parquet column-oriented file format for Apache Hadoop.
 - Apache Parquet MR 1.6.0 (Incubating) released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/incubator/parquet/parquet-mr-1.6.0-incubating/

Apache Sentry (Incubating) –a system to enforce fine grained role based authorization to data and metadata stored on a Hadoop cluster.
 - Apache Sentry 1.5.0 (Incubating) released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/incubator/sentry

Apache Solr™ –an Open Source enterprise search server based on the Lucene Java search library, with XML/HTTP and JSON, Ruby, and Python APIs, hit highlighting, faceted search, caching, replication, and a web administration interface.
 - Apache Solr 5.1.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/lucene/solr/5.1.0

Apache Tika™ –a toolkit for detecting and extracting metadata and structured text content from various documents using existing parser libraries.
 - Apache Tika 1.8 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/tika/apache-tika-1.8-src.zip


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apple Siri is powered by Apache Mesos?

 - Did you know that DARPA Memex's analytics, distributed programming, infrastructure, and integration are powered by Apache Kafka and Storm? Also, its Deep Web image/text search building blocks use Apache Nutch, Solr, and Tika!

 - Did you know that we're always looking for Apache success stories that we can share with the community? Send newsworthy metrics/users/datapoints of Apache products to <press@apache.org>!



Apache Community Notices:

 - Apache Flink will be holding a MeetUp on 29 April in Berlin http://www.meetup.com/Apache-Flink-Meetup/events/221748668/

 - The Metroplex Mesos Group will be held on 27 April in Dallas http://www.meetup.com/Metroplex-Mesos-Group/

 - The inaugural Apache Aurora MeetUp will be held on 30 April in the Bay Area/Northern California http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Apache-Aurora-Users-Group/events/221219480/

 - Presentations from Spark Summit East are available at http://spark-summit.org/east/2015

 - Apache Solr will be represented at AngelHack Sydney 2-3 May http://www.eventbrite.com/e/angelhack-sydney-2015-tickets-15569882939?aff=estw

 - The next Apache Phoenix MeetUp will be held on 5 May in Santa Clara http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Apache-Phoenix-Meetup/events/221247399/

 - HBaseCon, the fourth annual event for the Apache HBase contributor/developer/admin/user community, will take place 7 May in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com/

 - The first Apache Flink MeetUp in Stockholm will be held on 11 May http://www.meetup.com/Apache-Flink-Stockholm/events/221701529/

 - A lightning talk on Apache Calcite will take place on 20 May at XLDB in Stanford http://www-conf.slac.stanford.edu/xldb2015/

 - Apache Usergrid will be featured at {CODESHOW}SE on 21 May in Charleston https://www.codeshowse.com/

 - The next Berlin Buzzwords conference will feature Apache projects such as Lucene, Spark, Solr and Cassandra and will take place 31 May-3 June in Berlin http://berlinbuzzwords.de

 - CloudStack Days Seattle will be co-located with LinuxCon: submit your proposal by June 12 http://clds.co/18hplxk

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby


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Friday Apr 17, 2015

At ApacheCon, Austin Mayor Steve Adler Recognized the ASF's 15th Anniversary by Proclaiming 13-16 April 2015 "Apache Software Foundation Days"

At the opening session of ApacheCon, Apache Software Foundation (ASF) President Ross Gardler read a proclamation from City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler that recognized the all-volunteer ASF for its leadership in developing, stewarding, and incubating more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives over the past 15 years: 13-16 April 2015 have been designated "Apache Software Foundation Days".

Now in its 16th year, ApacheCon, the official conference for the ASF, attracted nearly 500 attendees from the global Apache community. Event highlights included thought provoking keynotes by Brian Behlendorf, Chip Childers, Gina Likins, Mike Maxey, Jay Schmelzer, and Andy Terrel (videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/TheApacheFoundation); more than 120 in-depth sessions across sixteen tracks that include Big Data, Business, Cloud, Containers, Content, Integration, Mobile, OFBiz/Open Source ERP, Science, and Security; the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Apache HTTP Web Server (featuring some of the original members of the Apache Group https://www.flickr.com/photos/rbowen/16943016807/ ); BarCamp Apache, numerous Hackathons, MeetUps, and Birds of a Feather sessions; Lightning Talks; PGP Key Signing; and Women of ASF Luncheon. Co-located events focused on specific Apache projects included CloudStack Days, Ignite Training Session, Spark Forum, and Traffic Server Summit. Presentation slides, images, and conference recap are available at http://s.apache.org/Edx

The ASF continues its outreach to local communities with the upcoming ApacheCon Europe, taking place 28 September-1 October 2015 in Budapest, and ApacheCon North America 2016 in Vancouver. For more information, visit http://apachecon.com/

"Apache Software Foundation Days" Proclamation by Austin Mayor Steve Adler

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 17 April 2015

Our ApacheCon week in Austin wraps up today, with countless highlights, including celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Apache HTTP Web Server with some of the original members of the Apache Group, and launching a revised version of the apache.org homepage with thanks to our friends at Hot Wax Systems. Here's what's happened this week:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Keynotes from ApacheCon Austin are now online https://www.youtube.com/user/TheApacheFoundation
 - The City of Austin and Mayor Steve Adler proclaimed 13-16 April "Apache Software Foundation Days"

ASF Fundraising & Sponsorship –the ASF relies on individual donors and corporate sponsors to help bolster existing projects, incubate new initiatives, and promote meritocratic, community-driven development "The Apache Way".
 - The Apache Software Foundation Welcomes Pivotal as a Platinum-level Sponsor http://s.apache.org/UBl
 - New to the ASF Sponsor roster is Bloomberg, who joins Comcast, Hortonworks, HP, and IBM at the Gold Level. Welcome!

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
- Global uptime across all Apache services is a cracking 99.68% http://status.apache.org/

Apache Directory™ –directory solutions entirely written in Java. These include a directory server, which has been certified as LDAP v3 compliant by the Open Group (ApacheDS), Eclipse-based directory tools (Apache Directory Studio), and a full ANSI RBAC compliant management and enforcement system that builds on existing Open Source applications like ApacheDS, OpenLDAP and Apache Tomcat (Apache Fortress).
 - Apache Fortress Core 1.0-RC40 released http://directory.apache.org/fortress/downloads.html

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.2.0 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java. It is a technology suitable for nearly any application that requires full-text search, especially cross-platform.
 - Apache Lucene 5.1.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/lucene/java/5.1.0

Apache Mahout™ –an environment for quickly creating machine learning applications that scale and run on the highest performance parallel computation engines available.
 - Apache Mahout 0.10.0 released https://mahout.apache.org/general/downloads.html

Apache Solr™ –an Open Source enterprise search server based on the Lucene Java search library, with XML/HTTP and JSON, Ruby, and Python APIs, hit highlighting, faceted search, caching, replication, and a web administration interface.
 - Apache Solr 5.1.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/lucene/solr/5.1.0

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 7.0.61 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-70.cgi


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that China Telecom's CTCC group (one of the largest Cloud Computing service providers in the country) uses Apache Cloudstack?

 - Did you know that one of the largest Apache Cassandra deployments is at Apple, with over 75,000 nodes storing over 10 PB of data?

 - Did you know that we're always looking for Apache success stories that we can share with the community? Send newsworthy metrics/users/datapoints of Apache products to <press@apache.org>!



Apache Community Notices:

 - The next Apache Phoenix MeetUp will be held on 5 May in Santa Clara http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Apache-Phoenix-Meetup/events/221247399/

 - HBaseCon, the fourth annual event for the Apache HBase contributor/developer/admin/user community, will take place 7 May in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com/

 - A lightning talk on Apache Calcite will take place on 20 May at XLDB in Stanford http://www-conf.slac.stanford.edu/xldb2015/

 - Apache Usergrid will be featured at {CODESHOW}SE on 21 May in Charleston https://www.codeshowse.com/

 - The next Berlin Buzzwords conference will feature Apache projects such as Lucene, Spark, Solr and Cassandra and will take place 31 May-3 June in Berlin http://berlinbuzzwords.de

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby



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Monday Apr 13, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation Welcomes Pivotal as a Platinum-level Sponsor

Sponsorship provides critical infrastructure and support services that keep the Foundation running on a day-to-day basis.

Forest Hill, MD –13 April 2015– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Pivotal has renewed its sponsorship of the ASF with an upgrade to the Platinum level.

"The ASF continues to flourish thanks to essential support from Sponsors such as Pivotal," said ASF President Ross Gardler. "Their generosity helps us nurture diverse and independent Open Source communities, that, in turn, create reliable, trusted software. This is at the heart of the ASF, and we're proud to celebrate 15 years of community-led development."

"Pivotal is first and foremost an open source company and we contribute to the global community in many ways," said Leo Spiegel, senior vice president of corporate development and strategy at Pivotal. "In addition to our support for the Spring developer community, our participation in the Cloud Foundry Foundation, and more recently joining as a member of the Open Data Platform, we are extremely excited to extend our commitment to the Apache Software Foundation with Platinum-level sponsorship this year. Our increased contribution to the Apache Software Foundation will help us better support the open source community while delivering increased value to our enterprise customers."

As a United States 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization, the ASF relies on individual donors and corporate sponsors to help bolster existing projects, incubate new initiatives, and promote meritocratic, community-driven development "The Apache Way". In addition, ASF Sponsorship provides critical infrastructure and support services that keep the Foundation running on a day-to-day basis.

Pivotal has been an ASF Sponsor since the company was founded in April 2013. Pivotal team members are active contributors to numerous Apache projects, and serve on several Project Management Committees and mentor emerging projects in the Apache Incubator.

Pivotal joins Platinum level Sponsors Citrix, Cloudera, Facebook, Google, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, and Yahoo!; Gold Sponsors Comcast, HP, Hortonworks, and IBM; Silver Sponsors Budget Direct, Cerner, InMotion Hosting, iSIGMA, Produban, and WANdisco; and Bronze Sponsors Accor, Basis Technology, Bluehost, Cloudsoft Corporation, Samsung, Talend, and Twitter. For more information on ASF Sponsorship, please visit http://apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html.

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 500 individual Members and 4,500 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, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow https://twitter.com/TheASF

About Pivotal
Pivotal is a trusted partner for IT innovation, enabling enterprises to provide modern software-driven experiences for their customers and workforces. The combination of leading agile development services, an open cloud platform and open suite of big data products accelerate innovation cycles for our customers across every industry. More at www.pivotal.io

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

©2015 Pivotal Software, Inc.  All rights reserved.  Pivotal, Pivotal CF, and Cloud Foundry  are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Pivotal Software, Inc. in the United States and/or other Countries.

Friday Apr 10, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 10 April 2015

We're excited to head to Austin next week and celebrate our 15th Anniversary with the Apache community at ApacheCon. Here's what we've been working on this week:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
- 130+ sessions, plus trainings, BarCamp Apache, MeetUps, PGP Key Signing, Project Geode Lab, CloudStack Days, Ignite Training, Spark Forum, Traffic Server Summit, events/activities/networking, and more. Join us! http://apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
- Global uptime across all Apache services is an outstanding 98.88% http://status.apache.org/

Apache Commons™ Lang –a package of Java utility classes for the classes that are in java.lang's hierarchy, or are considered to be so standard as to justify existence in java.lang.
 - Apache Commons Lang 3.4 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-lang/download_lang.cgi

Apache Jackrabbit™ –a fully compliant implementation of the Content Repository for Java(TM) Technology API, version 2.0 (JCR 2.0) as specified in the Java Specification Request 283 (JSR 283).
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.1.8 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the New York State Senate's Bluebird-CRM v1.5.5 uses Apache Solr for full-text search within attachments?

 - Did you know that there are now 4,734 Apache code Committers? http://people.apache.org/committer-index.html

 - Did you know that we're always looking for Apache success stories that we can share with the community? Send newsworthy metrics/users/datapoints of Apache products to <press@apache.org>!


Apache Community Notices:

 - Call for Speakers for CloudStack Days Tokyo closes on 10 April http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/cloudstack-tokyo

 - Apache Cassandra, Kafka, Mesos, and Storm are up for JAX 2015 Innovation Awards. Voting closes 13 April http://jaxenter.com/jax-awards-2015/submit-your-vote

 - The Women of ASF Luncheon will be held on 14 April at ApacheCon http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/attend/women-asf-luncheon

 - CloudStack Days will take place 16 April during ApacheCon http://cloudstack.apache.org/

 - Apache Spark Mini-Summit will take place 16 April in tandem with ApacheCon http://s.apache.org/ojh

 - Apache JMeter will be featured at the Drupal Meetup on 16 April in Sydney http://www.meetup.com/drupalsydney/events/220110457/

 - Apache TrafficServer Spring Summit will take place 16-17 April in Austin https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/TS/Spring+2015+Summit

 - The next Apache Phoenix MeetUp will be held on 5 May in Santa Clara http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Apache-Phoenix-Meetup/events/221247399/

 - HBaseCon, the fourth annual event for the Apache HBase contributor/developer/admin/user community, will take place 7 May in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com/

 - A lightning talk on Apache Calcite will take place on 20 May at XLDB in Stanford http://www-conf.slac.stanford.edu/xldb2015/

 - Apache Usergrid will be featured at {CODESHOW}SE on 21 May in Charleston https://www.codeshowse.com/

 - The next Berlin Buzzwords conference will feature Apache projects such as Lucene, Spark, Solr and Cassandra and will take place 31 May-3 June in Berlin http://berlinbuzzwords.de

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Friday Apr 03, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 3 April 2015

We're ramping up for ApacheCon in 10 days and look forward to continuing our 15th Anniversary celebrations with the Apache community at-large. Here's what our 4,500+ Committers have been working on this week:

The Apache™ Software Foundation to celebrate 15 years of community-led innovation at ApacheCon™ http://s.apache.org/g9F

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
Sixteen tracks, BOFs, extensive networking, social events, special trainings, BarCamps, and summits showcase the latest Apache innovations that nearly 3 billion people rely on every day. Join us! http://apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - Global uptime across all Apache services is a terrific 98.45% http://status.apache.org/

ASF Fundraising & Sponsorship –the ASF relies on individual donors and corporate sponsors to help bolster existing projects, incubate new initiatives, and promote meritocratic, community-driven development "The Apache Way" http://apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html
 - We love our Sponsors! Platinum Level: Citrix, Cloudera, Facebook, Google, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, and Yahoo!; Gold Level: Comcast, Hortonworks, IBM, Hewlett Packard; Silver Level: Budget Direct, Cerner, Huawei, InMotion Hosting, iSIGMA, Pivotal, Produban, and WANdisco; Bronze Level: Accor, Basis Technology, Bluehost, Cloudsoft Corporation, Samsung, Talend, and Twitter.

Apache Directory™ –Open Source directory solutions entirely written in Java, including a directory server, which has been certified as LDAP v3 compliant by the Open Group (ApacheDS), and Eclipse-based directory tools (Apache Directory Studio).
 - Apache Mavibot 1.0.0-M7 released http://directory.apache.org/mavibot/
 - Apache Directory LDAP API 1.0.0-M29 released http://directory.apache.org/api/downloads.html

Apache Flex™ –a highly productive, Open Source application framework for building and maintaining expressive applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops and devices (including smartphones, tablets and TVs).
 - Apache Flex SDK 4.14.1 released http://flex.apache.org/installer.html

Apache HttpComponents™ Client –a library for client-side HTTP communication built on HttpCore. It provides connection management, cookie management, and authentication. This is the successor to the widely used Jakarta Commons HttpClient 3.1.
 - HttpComponents Client 4.4.1 GA released http://hc.apache.org/downloads.cgi

Apache Jackrabbit™ –a fully compliant implementation of the Content Repository for Java(TM) Technology API, version 2.0 (JCR 2.0) as specified in the Java Specification Request 283 (JSR 283).
 - Apache Jackrabbit 2.10.0 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache jclouds™ –an Open Source multi-cloud toolkit for the Java platform that gives you the freedom to create applications that are portable across clouds while giving you full control to use cloud-specific features.
 - Apache jclouds 1.9.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/jclouds

Apache PDFBox™ –an Open Source Java tool for working with PDF documents.
 - Apache PDFBox 1.8.9 released http://pdfbox.apache.org/downloads.cgi

Apache Qpid™ –implements the latest AMQP specification, the first open standard for enterprise messaging, and provides transaction management, queuing, distribution, security, management, clustering, federation and heterogeneous multi-platform support and a lot more.
 - Apache Qpid Proton 0.9 released http://qpid.apache.org/releases/qpid-proton-0.9/index.html

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 8.0.21 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi

Apache Tomcat™ Native Library –provides portable API for features not found in contemporary JDK's. It uses Apache Portable Runtime as operating system abstraction layer and OpenSSL for SSL networking and allows optimal performance in production environments.
 - Apache Tomcat Native 1.1.33 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-native.cgi


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the European Patent Office in The Netherlands is powered by Apache River?

 - Did you know that MetaModel provides a uniform connector and query API for PostgreSQL, MySQL, OracleDB, CouchDB, MongoDB, HBase, Cassandra, ElasticSearch, Salesforce.com, SugarCRM, XML files, JSON files, and more?

 - Did you know that The ASF's blogging platform is Apache Roller? v5.1.2 now available! http://roller.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - Apache Any23, cTAKES, Hadoop, Nutch, Open Climate Workbench (OCW), Solr, Spark, and Tika  featured in "Data Science, Climate Change, Open Source, and You" https://www.mapr.com/blog/data-science-climate-change-open-source-and-you#.VR7govzF9mM

 - Apache Drill will be holding a workshop on 8 April in New York City http://www.meetup.com/New-York-Apache-Drill-Meetup/events/221030703/

 - Call for Speakers for CloudStack Days Tokyo closes on 10 April http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/cloudstack-tokyo

 - The Women of ASF Luncheon will be held on 14 April at ApacheCon http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/attend/women-asf-luncheon

 - CloudStack Days will take place 16 April during ApacheCon http://cloudstack.apache.org/

 - Apache Spark Mini-Summit will take place 16 April in tandem with ApacheCon http://s.apache.org/ojh

 - Apache JMeter will be featured at the Drupal Meetup on 16 April in Sydney http://www.meetup.com/drupalsydney/events/220110457/

 - Apache TrafficServer Spring Summit will take place 16-17 April in Austin https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/TS/Spring+2015+Summit

 - The next Apache Phoenix MeetUp will be held on 5 May in Santa Clara http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Apache-Phoenix-Meetup/events/221247399/

 - HBaseCon, the fourth annual event for the Apache HBase contributor/developer/admin/user community, will take place 7 May in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com/

 - A lightning talk on Apache Calcite will take place on 20 May at XLDB in Stanford http://www-conf.slac.stanford.edu/xldb2015/

 - Apache Usergrid will be featured at {CODESHOW}SE on 21 May in Charleston https://www.codeshowse.com/

 - The next Berlin Buzzwords conference will feature Apache projects such as Lucene, Spark, Solr and Cassandra and will take place 31 May-3 June in Berlin http://berlinbuzzwords.de

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

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Monday Mar 30, 2015

The Apache™ Software Foundation to celebrate 15 years of community-led innovation at ApacheCon

Developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 projects and initiatives lauded among the most successful influencers in Open Source; will also honor 20th Anniversary of the Apache HTTP Web Server with ASF founding members

FOREST HILL, MD –30 March, 2015– The Apache™ Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today its ongoing role in driving innovation over the past 15 years.

Apache products power half the Internet, manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, store billions of objects in virtually every industry, enhance the lives of countless users and developers worldwide, and can be found in nearly every end-user computing device, from laptops to tablets to mobile phones. Mission-critical applications in financial services, aerospace, publishing, Big Data, Cloud computing, mobile, government, healthcare, research, infrastructure, development frameworks, foundational libraries, and many other categories, depend on Apache software.

The ASF will celebrate 15 years of community-led innovation at ApacheCon, its official conference, 13-17 April 2015 in Austin, Texas. 

Joining ASF President Ross Gardler on the main stage will be ASF Founding President and Mithril Capital Management Managing Director Brian Behlendorf, Cloud Foundry Technology Chief of Staff Chip Childers, Red Hat University Outreach - Open Source & Standards Gina Likins, Pivotal Senior Director of Corporate Development and Strategy Mike Maxey, Microsoft Director of Program Management Jay Schmelzer, and Continuum Analytics Science Officer Andy Terrel.

Featured Sessions and Tracks

Now in its 16th year, ApacheCon will feature 120 in-depth sessions across sixteen tracks that include Big Data, Business, Cloud, Containers, Content, Integration, Mobile, OFBiz/Open Source ERP, Science, and Security. 

Participants will gain first-hand insight into some of the most critical technology issues organizations face today and their solutions using major Open Source strategies and Apache products. They include: ActiveMQ™, Airavata™, Bigtop™, Cassandra™, CloudStack™, Commons™ Math, Cordova™, Crunch™, cTAKES™,  CXF™, Directory™, Flink™, Flume™, Hadoop™, Hive™, httpd™, jclouds™, Kafka™, Karaf™,  Lucene™, Mesos™, OFBiz™, Olingo™, OODT™, Qpid™, Solr™, Spark™, Storm™, Tika™, Tomcat™, UIMA™, and more.

The popular Servers track will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Apache HTTP Web Server with a panel featuring ASF founding members Ken Coar, Roy Fielding, Jim Jagielski, Randy Terbush, and Dirk-Willem van Gulik, who will share their inspiring story and historic vision behind the world's most popular Web server.

With 27 new projects in the Apache Incubator over the past year, innovation is at the heart of the ASF. Incubating projects such as Brooklyn, Calcite, Ignite, Kylin, Lens, MRQL, NiFi, Sentry, Slider, TinkerPop, and Zeppelin will showcase their respective technologies, as well as the process for projects and codebases wishing to become part of the ASF's efforts. ApacheCon attendees will also have the opportunity to meet members of the Apache Incubator Project Management Committee and learn about newly incubating projects such as Corinthia, REEF, and Groovy.

New to ApacheCon's Community track this year are sessions dedicated to education and mentoring, including Google Summer of Code (where the ASF has been a mentoring organization for 11 consecutive years), teaching computer science to high school students, and applying the meritocratic "Apache Way" to the first robotics competition for kids.

Sessions will be led by experts from top organizations including 1Tech Ltd, AntWebsystems, AppDirect, Brainfood, Cerner Corporation, Chef Software, Class Software, Cloudant, Cloudera, CloudSigma, Cloudsoft, Comcast, Comprehend Systems, Confluent, Data Artisans, Data Mine Lab, datawire.io, eBay, EMC, Google, GridGain, HP, Hortonworks, HotWax Media, IBM, Inmobi, Integrin Enterprise Solutions, Intel, Internet Technology Solutions, LinkedIn, LucidWorks, Mesosphere, Meteorite Consulting, Microsoft, The MITRE Corporation, NASA, Network Geographics, NFLabs, Ontopic, Onyara, Paulin Solutions, PayPal, Pivotal, Quanticate, Rackspace, RedHat, Rustici Software, SAP, Scaling Data, Schuberg Philis, Shippable, SolidFire, Symas Corporation, Talend, TEALS, Total Child Health, Twitter, University of Southern California, University of Texas/Arlington, Wired Informatics, and Yahoo!.

With extensive networking opportunities, interactive bonus events (BarCampApache, Birds of a Feather, Lightning Talks, PGP Key Signing, and Women of ASF Luncheon), exciting evening activities, and co-located events focused on specific Apache projects (CloudStack Days, Ignite Training Session, Spark Forum, and Traffic Server Summit), ApacheCon provides attendees the opportunity to delve into new technologies and meet the diverse community behind the software that nearly 3 billion people rely on every day.

Building the Next Round of Useful Applications

Development at the ASF is perpetual: more than 300 code commits were made over the past 24 hours (source: http://status.apache.org/ ). 50% of the Top 10 Open Source downloads are Apache products, enabling developers, users, and companies to harness the power of community-led software to create innovative new solutions. Apache Project announcements around ApacheCon include:

  • Apache Flink™ –the Open Source programming environment and distributed engine for unified batch and stream data analytics is working on Apache Flink v0.9-milestone1, a preview release that gives users access to several new features, including Flink's Table API that enables SQL-like logical queries on distributed datasets, a Machine Learning library on Flink, Gelly (Flink's new library and API for graph processing), a new mode on executing Flink programs on top of Apache Tez, a lot of improvements on running Flink on YARN, a new connector for consuming Apache Kafka event streams, and improvements to defining streaming windows. Even though this is a preview release, Flink 0.9-milestone1 closes more than 200 JIRA tickets.

  • Apache Openmeetings™ –the Open Source video conferencing and collaboration platform provides instant messaging, white board, collaborative document editing and other groupware tools using API functions of the Red5 Streaming Server for Remoting and Streaming. OpenMeetings is used in many educational and commercial projects with many plugins for popular E-Learning platforms like Moodle or blog software Wordpress and Drupal. The project will be releasing Openmeetings v3.0.5, the result of 8 years of development, reflecting more than 192 changes and upgrades over the previous major release, including an improved installer, DB configuration process, and user experience.

  • Apache Samza™ –an Open Source Big Data distributed stream processing framework used in business intelligence, financial services, healthcare, mobile applications, security, and software development, among other industries. The project is preparing to release Samza v0.9.0, its first release since graduating from the Apache Incubator in January 2015. Samza v0.9.0 reflects 94 changes and upgrades since last release; improvements include upgrading Kafka producer, adding streaming log appender, having more integration tests, and improving the overall performance.

  • Apache SpamAssassin™ –the #1 Open Source anti-spam platform giving system administrators a filter to classify email and block "spam" (unsolicited bulk email).  It uses a robust scoring framework and plug-ins to integrate a wide range of advanced heuristic and statistical analysis tests on email headers and body text. The project is preparing to release SpamAssassin v3.4.1, representing more than a year of development and nearly 500 tweaks, changes, upgrades and bug fixes over the previous release.  Highlights include: improved automation to help combat spammers that are abusing new top level domains; tweaks to the SPF support to block more spoofed emails; increased character set normalization to make rules easier to develop and stop spammers from using alternate character sets to bypass tests; continued refinement to the native IPv6 support; and improved Bayesian classification with better debugging and attachment hashing.

  • Apache VCL™ –an Open Source system used to dynamically provision and broker remote access to a dedicated compute environment in a self-service model; this compute environment can be as simple as a virtual machine running productivity software to a cluster of machines running data analysis. The project recently released Apache VCL v2.4.1, the result of 11 years of development, and reflects more than 700 changes and upgrades over the previous major release. Apache VCL v2.4.1 includes an installer, support for Network Address Translation, initial support for Openstack, and many general improvements. Apache VCL also provisions physical machines using xCAT and virtual machines on VMWare and KVM hypervisors using native commands. Future releases will include Docker, Hyper-V support, and other enhancements. Apache VCL has been successfully deployed in universities around the world as an Open Source Cloud platform.

Today, Apache software is so ubiquitous that the ASF has been hailed as one of the most successful influencers in Open Source. Its collaborative leadership, robust community, and meritocratic process serve as best practices widely embraced by organizations and individuals alike. Join us as we look ahead to the next 15 years of spearheading new projects that meet the growing demands of the marketplace and help users achieve their business goals. 

To register for ApacheCon, visit http://apachecon.com/

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 500 individual Members and 4,500 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, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow https://twitter.com/TheASF

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Friday Mar 27, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 27 March 2015

The ASF had a very busy week, and held its 2-day Members' meeting (highlighted by elections for the new Board and 100+ potential new Members; votes took place using Apache STeVe). The ASF welcomed its new Board, comprising Rich Bowen, Shane Curcuru, Bertrand Delacretaz, Jim Jagielski, Chris Mattmann, David Nalley, Brett Porter, Sam Ruby, and Greg Stein, and thanked Doug Cutting and Ross Gardler (who stood down at this election) for their service to the Foundation and Apache community.

Here's what we've also been working on:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
- Spanning Big Data to containers to scientific applications to community development and more, ApacheCon's 130+ sessions, BOFs, extensive networking, social events, special trainings, BarCamps, and summits put the latest Apache innovations at your fingertips. Join us! http://apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - Global uptime across all Apache services is a super 99.72% http://status.apache.org/

ASF Community Development –volunteers who help guide newcomers to The Apache Software Foundation, provide insight and advice on The Apache Way of meritocratic development, including how to contribute to Apache projects and to the Open Source community at-large.
 - FINAL CALL: Applications for Google Summer of Code 2015 projects with the ASF close today http://community.apache.org/gsoc.html

Apache Syncope™ –an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in JEE technology.
 - Apache Syncope 1.2.3 released http://syncope.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Storm™ –a distributed, fault-tolerant, and high-performance realtime computation system that provides strong guarantees on the processing of data.
 - Apache Storm 0.9.4 released http://storm.apache.org/downloads.html


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache Storm is used by Alibaba, Flipboard, Taobao, Twitter, WebMD, Xerox PARC, and Yelp, among many others?

 - Did you know that Apache Libcloud supports more than 30 providers such as Amazon Web Services, Apache CloudStack, Eucalyptus, Google Cloud Platform, Rackspace, and OpenStack?

 - Did you know that Apache cTAKES is in use at Boston Children's Hospital, Mayo Clinic, University of Colorado/Boulder, and the University of California/San Diego, among other hospitals and academic institutions?

Apache Community Notices:

 - The next Apache Flink MeetUp will be held 31 March in Berlin http://www.meetup.com/Apache-Flink-Meetup/events/221037302/

 - Apache Drill will be holding a workshop on 8 April in New York City http://www.meetup.com/New-York-Apache-Drill-Meetup/events/221030703/

 - Call for Speakers for CloudStack Days Tokyo closes on 10 April http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/cloudstack-tokyo

 - The Women of ASF Luncheon will be held on 14 April at ApacheCon http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/attend/women-asf-luncheon

 - CloudStack Days will take place 16 April during ApacheCon http://cloudstack.apache.org/

 - Apache Spark Mini-Summit will take place 16 April in tandem with ApacheCon http://s.apache.org/ojh

 - Apache JMeter will be featured at the Drupal Meetup on 16 April in Sydney http://www.meetup.com/drupalsydney/events/220110457/

 - Apache TrafficServer Spring Summit will take place 16-17 April in Austin https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/TS/Spring+2015+Summit

 - The next Apache Phoenix MeetUp will be held on 5 May in Santa Clara http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Apache-Phoenix-Meetup/events/221247399/

 - HBaseCon, the fourth annual event for the Apache HBase contributor/developer/admin/user community, will take place 7 May in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com/

 - A lightning talk on Apache Calcite will take place on 20 May at XLDB in Stanford http://www-conf.slac.stanford.edu/xldb2015/

 - Apache Usergrid will be featured at {CODESHOW}SE on 21 May in Charleston https://www.codeshowse.com/

 - The next Berlin Buzzwords conference will feature Apache projects such as Lucene, Spark, Solr and Cassandra and will take place 31 May-3 June in Berlin http://berlinbuzzwords.de

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

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