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Thursday October 12, 2017

Apache Is Open.

"The Apache Software Foundation is a cornerstone of the modern open source software ecosystem – supporting some of the most widely used and important software solutions powering today's Internet economy."
— Mark Driver, Research Vice President, Gartner

Lauded among the most successful influencers in Open Source, The Apache Software Foundation's commitment to collaborative development has long served as a model for producing consistently high quality software that advances the future of open development. Apache projects power half the Internet, manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, and store billions of objects in virtually every industry. Apache software projects are an integral part of nearly every end-user computing device, from laptops to tablets to phones.


Open Source.
One of the greatest disruptors to enterprise software, Open Source solutions provide many benefits, including:
  • Lowered costs
  • Higher quality software
  • Freedom from vendor lock-in and proprietary solutions

Open Development.
Organizations of all sizes that embrace open development methodologies benefit from improved speed of development and gain business advantage through:
  • Reduced investment in re-architecting applications
  • Active community support
  • Access to common federation on the leading edge of technology

Enter Apache.

In 1995, eight individuals produced the first public release of a new server software named "Apache", and called themselves the "Apache Group". 22 years after its inception, the Apache HTTP Web Server remains the most popular Web server on the planet.


Incorporation of the ASF.
In 1999, the Apache Group formed The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) with the mission of providing software for the public good. 

  • Membership-based, US 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation
  • Ensures Apache projects continue to exist beyond the participation of individual volunteers
  • Establishes role as an Open Source incubator to foster new technologies


Since its inception, the ASF has long been recognized as a leading source for Open Source software that meets the demand for mission-critical, enterprise-grade interoperable, adaptable, and sustainable solutions. 

Open Leadership.

"The Apache Software Foundation has set the standard for modern application and infrastructure software as well as the open source collaborative processes through which it is developed."
— Matt Aslett, Research Director, 451 Research


Today the ASF develops, stewards, and incubates more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives through its leadership, robust community, and meritocratic process known as the "Apache Way".
  • "Flat" organization: Apache projects and their communities drive development
  • Project development and leadership driven entirely by individual volunteers
  • Provides organizational, legal, and financial support

Open To All.
All Apache software —project downloads, documentation, updates, patches, and more— can be downloaded and used entirely free of any license fees or charge of any kind.
  • Can be used by anyone for any purpose
  • Free of restrictions on installation or deployment
  • Distributed under the flexible, business-friendly Apache License 2.0

Open Participation.
Code for all Apache projects is written by more than 6,000 volunteer individuals and employees of corporations across six continents and contributed to the ASF at no cost. The ASF is governed by the community it most directly serves —the people collaborating within its projects. The ASF's meritocratic processes serve as best practices widely embraced by organizations and individuals alike.
  • Contributions include code, patches, and documentation
  • Select contributors earn "Committer" status, enabling them to commit/write directly to the code repository, vote on community-related decisions, and propose active users for Committership
  • Committers who demonstrate merit in the Foundation's growth, evolution, and progress may be nominated for ASF Membership by existing members

Open Community.
ASF Community Development helps newcomers learn about Apache projects, governance, and activities, and provides guidance on becoming part of the meritocratic, all-volunteer Apache community.
  • "Community Over Code" is the cornerstone of the Foundation's core tenets
  • The ASF has served as a Google Summer of Code mentoring organization each year the since the program's creation in 2005
  • More than 6,300 Apache Committers help grow and maintain the health of the Apache community

Open Project Oversight.
The ASF does not lead the technical direction of Apache projects, but rather provides operational support for projects to self-govern. All Apache projects are overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors.
  • Apache Project Management Committees (PMCs) guide day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases
  • The ASF Board appoints a Vice President to serve as Chair of the PMC
  • Vice President/PMC Chair role is administrative, and carries no additional weight or influence on a project (one vote on project matters just like other PMC members)

Open Innovation.
All code donations, established projects, and communities intending to become fully-fledged Apache projects do so through the Apache Incubator. To graduate as an Apache Top-Level Project, candidate podlings must meet the Apache Maturity Model's rigorous requirements for code integrity, copyright, licenses, releases, consensus building, and independence, among others.
  • 187 Project Management Committees oversee 312 Apache projects
  • 54 new podlings undergoing development in the Apache Incubator
  • Recognized leadership across numerous categories, such as Big Data, libraries, servers and more

Open Communication.
All official communications at the ASF are conducted via mailing lists. Asynchronous communications are required to accommodate geographically-distributed groups across time zones, as is the case for nearly all Apache communities.
  • "If it didn't happen on-list, it didn't happen."
  • Built upon the transparency-oriented culture of the Apache Group, whose collaboration took place on email lists
  • Since the ASF's founding, 340,000+ authors wrote 17.5M+ emails on 7.5M topics, which are archived on 1,247 Apache publicly-accessible mailing lists

Open Opportunity.

"... unlike other open source organizations, the strength of the ASF is its independence from corporate interests … this independence has created a safe haven for a burgeoning open source developer population."
— Matt Asay, InfoWorld

Apache projects must be governed independently of commercial influence. As a vendor-neutral, not-for-profit organization, the ASF and all Apache projects do not take sides, nor endorse or support any particular vendor over other vendors.
  • The ASF does not discourage the development of "competing" products
  • Third parties are free to pursue almost any for-profit or not-for-profit business model based on Apache projects
  • The commercially-friendly and permissive Apache License v2 has become an industry standard within the Open Source world

Continuing Growth.
The ASF has scaled more than 35,000% over 18 years with very limited resources. The ASF is responsible for millions of lines of code by countless contributors across the Open Source landscape: each day millions of people across the globe access the ASF's two dozen servers and 75 distinct hosts.
  • The ASF has grown from an inaugural membership of 21 individuals to 680 individual Members and 6,300 Committers
  • The ASF oversees 150M+ lines of code (valued at US$7B+), developed over 65,000 person-years, with an average of 18,000 Apache code commits each month
  • Nearly 300 new code contributors and 300-400 new people file issues each month

Apache Committers have the responsibility to the collective community to help create a product that will outlive the interest of any particular volunteer, and that the code committed should be clear enough that others not involved in its current development will be able to maintain and extend it.

How You Can Help.

The ASF is funded through tax-deductible contributions from corporations, foundations, and private individuals. You can help the greater Apache community by contributions in the form of:

  • Code and documentation for Apache Projects
  • Funds —become a Sponsor or Individual donor
  • Corporate matching gift program —increase your donation with your employer’s support

Approximately 75% of the ASF's US$1.5MM annual budget is dedicated to running critical infrastructure support services, including bandwidth, connectivity, servers, and hardware: the ASF Infrastructure team keep Apache services running 24x7x365 at near 100% uptime on an annual budget of less than US$5,000 per project. Donations to the ASF also helps offset day-to-day operating expenses such as legal and accounting services, brand management and public relations, general office expenditures, and support staff.

Join the hundreds of donors who have helped support the ASF this year. Every dollar counts! http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html



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Thursday June 29, 2017

The Apache® Software Foundation Announces Annual Report for 2017 Fiscal Year

Apache's community-led projects bring billions in value to users, developers, and critical applications; organization poised to foster continued growth

Forest Hill, MD —29 June 2017— 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 the annual report for its 2017 fiscal year, which ended 30 April 2017. 

Now in its 18th year, the ASF's operational highlights include:
  1. 35M page views per week across apache.org;
  2. Web requests received from every Internet-connected country on the planet;
  3. ASF's 100M functional lines of code (out of 150M+ total) have been developed over 65,000 person years, valued at US$7B;
  4. 65+M lines of code committed over the past year;
  5. 20% of all Apache lines of code are comments (nearly 3x the entire Linux codebase);
  6. 3,300 Apache code Committers made 214,398 commits;
  7. More than half of all contributions made by individuals new to Apache;
  8. Nearly 300 new code contributors and 300-400 new people filing issues each month;
  9. 25,154 authors sent 2,105,992 emails on 834,045 topics over the past year;
  10. Approximately 9M source code downloads served from Apache mirrors on a yearly basis (excluding convenience binaries);
  11. 64 new individual ASF Members elected, bringing the total to 684;
  12. Exceeded 6,000 code Committers;
  13. Remains all-volunteer for all code/development-related activities;
  14. 182 Top-Level communities overseeing 300+ Apache projects and sub-projects;
  15. Dozens of Apache projects continue to dominate the enterprise Big Data ecosystem
  16. Record 64 "podlings" undergoing incubation during FY2017 (59 at end of FY2017);
  17. New innovations include IoT, Microfinance, Machine Learning, and Cryptography;
  18. 22nd anniversary of the Apache HTTP Server (18 years under the ASF umbrella);
  19. Apache OpenOfficeTM exceeded 200M downloads (value to users $25M+ per day);
  20. Apache GroovyTM downloaded 12M times during the first 4 months of 2017;
  21. 976 Individual Contributor License Agreements (CLAs) signed;
  22. 42 Corporate Contributor License Agreements signed (totalling 384);
  23. 30 Software Grant Agreements signed;
  24. Apache License remains one of the most popular Open Source licenses;
  25. Apache Infrastructure services running 24x7x365 at near 100% uptime on an annual budget of less than US$5,000 per project;
  26. New "Gitbox" service launched to allow communities to host their read/write Git repositories on GitHub;
  27. Continued reduction in Infrastructure costs by moving select services to the Cloud;
  28. Improved buildbot and Jenkins build farms for continuous integration, testing, and automated Website generation;
  29. Increased trademarks, brand management, and legal support for dozens of projects;
  30. Launched new Apache Community survey, newsletter, and social media resources;
  31. ASF serves as a mentoring organization in Google Summer of Code for 12th consecutive year;
  32. Participated in hundreds of events globally, including ApacheCon North America and Europe;
  33. Increased corporate backing, with 51 ASF Sponsors and 11 Infrastructure partners;
  34. Improved individual giving program and outreach tactics;
  35. Completed first-time budgetary planning with five-year projections;
  36. FY17 ended with a 15.3-month cash reserve (more than double the industry average);
  37. ASF operational areas (Brand Management, Fundraising, Marketing and Publicity, Infrastructure, Conferences, and Travel Assistance) now supported by professional staff overseen by appointed ASF Members;
  38. FY17 tapped as an investment year, with resources committed to core Infrastructure and Marketing & Publicity services.

The full report is available online at https://s.apache.org/FY2017AnnualReport

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 680 individual Members and 6,000 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cash Store, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, ODPi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, Target, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit https://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Apache Groovy", "Groovy", "Apache HTTP Server", "Apache OpenOffice", "OpenOffice", and "ApacheCon", are registered trademarks or trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Monday April 17, 2017

The Apache® Software Foundation Recognizes Apache Innovations Integral to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers Investigation

Apache Open Source library, search, and document management tools used in investigating the biggest leak in journalism history.

Forest Hill, MD —17 April 2017— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the role played by several Apache projects in the investigation of the Panama Papers.

At 2.6 terabytes of data, the Panama Papers is the largest leak of all time, comprising 11.5M financial and legal records sent from an anonymous source. The journalistic cooperation involved more than 400 journalists from 100 publications on six continents over the course of a year. The discovery exposed a complex system of criminal and corrupt activities secretly hidden by offshore concerns. The investigation recently received a Pulitzer Prize in the Explanatory Reporting category.

"The Apache Software Foundation incorporated 18 years ago with the mission to create software for the public good," said ASF President Sam Ruby. "We are honored that Apache software played a critical role with the Panama Papers, and congratulate the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and their media partners on this prestigious award."

The discovery, exchange, and management of information that involved 214,488 entities was made possible by:
  • Tika --toolkit that detects and extracts metadata and structured text content from various documents. Used for document processing.

  • Solr --enterprise search server, based on the Lucene Java search library, with advanced highlighting, faceted search, caching, and replication capabilities. Used for search and indexing.

  • PDFBox --Open Source Java library for working with PDF documents. Used for capturing text from PDF documents.

  • POI --Open Source Java library and APIs for various file formats based on Microsoft Office. Used to extract and manipulate Excel, Word, and PowerPoint files.

  • Commons --40+ projects for reusable Open Source Java components. Used to boost cross-platform development and productivity.

In addition to Apache software, a number of other Open Source projects were also integral to the investigation. This includes Tesseract-ocr (whose optical character recognition engine was used for capturing text from images), Project Blacklight (used as a discovery interface), and Jackcess (used for reading and writing MS Access databases): three examples of the millions of software solutions distributed under the Apache License v2.0, that allows for their free use, modification, and sharing.

Apache Open Source Projects
Many of the ASF's 300+ projects serve as the backbone for some of the world's most visible and widely used applications in Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, Big Data, Build Management, Cloud Computing, Content Management, DevOps, IoT and Edge Computing, Mobile, Servers, and Web Frameworks, among other categories.

Programmers, solutions architects, individual users, educators, researchers, corporations, governments, and enthusiasts worldwide depend on Apache software for development tools, libraries, frameworks, visualizers, end-user productivity solutions, and more.

75% of Apache's 150M lines of code have been developed over 65,000 person years, and are valued at US$7B. The ASF serves approximately 9M source code downloads from Apache mirrors on a yearly basis, excluding convenience binaries. Worldwide dependency on Apache software continues to grow, with Web requests received from every Internet-connected country on the planet.

The Apache Incubator is home to 63 projects undergoing development, with emerging innovations Big Data, communication protocols, connected devices, cryptography, data science/machine learning/analytics, development frameworks, microfinances, remote desktop access, serverless computing, and more.

All Apache products are available to the public-at-large completely free of charge. All software development and project leadership is done entirely by volunteers. As a not-for-profit charitable organization, the ASF is funded through tax-deductible contributions from corporations, foundations, and private individuals. Approximately 75% of the ASF's US$1.2M annual budget is dedicated to running critical infrastructure support services that keep Apache services running 24x7x365 at near 100% uptime on an annual budget of less than US$5,000 per project.

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 620 individual Members and 6,000 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, ODPi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Apache Commons", "PDFBox", "Apache PDFBox", "POI", "Apache POI", "Solr", "Apache Solr", "Tika", "Apache Tika", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Thursday January 26, 2017

ApacheCon: Tomorrow's Technology Today.

Since 1999, The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has been recognized as a leading source for Open Source software and tools that meet the demand for interoperable, adaptable, and sustainable solutions. 

The all-volunteer ASF develops, stewards, and incubates dozens of enterprise-grade Open Source projects that power mission-critical applications in financial services, aerospace, publishing, government, healthcare, research, infrastructure, and more. From Abdera to ZooKeeper, the ASF's reliable, community-driven software continues to grow dramatically across many categories, including Cloud, IoT and Edge Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, Mobile, and Big Data, where the Apache Hadoop ecosystem dominates the marketplace.

Today, many of the ASF's 300+ projects serve as the backbone for some of the world's most visible and widely used applications in Big Data (Cassandra, Hadoop, Spark); Cloud (CouchDB, CloudStack, Mesos); Search and CMS (Derby, Jackrabbit, Lucene/Solr); DevOps and Build Management (Ant, Buildr, Maven); Web Frameworks (Flex, OFBiz, Struts); Servers (HTTP Web Server, Tomcat, Traffic Server); among others.

Apache technologies also command some of the most sought-after career skills. Hiring managers surveyed in the 2016 Open Source Jobs Report state that Open Source recruitment will increase more than any other part of their business over the next six months. Knowing which are the essential skills is simply not enough: keeping current with Apache projects and actively participating in their communities are essential in understanding how to address business needs and how to best apply the tips and tools available.

The ASF's official global conference series, ApacheCon, is one of the most effective ways to quickly gain competitive advantage. Over the past 17 years, ApacheCon has drawn attendees from more than 60 countries to learn about core Open Source technologies directly from Apache project developer and user communities --independent of business interests, corporate biases, or sales pitches. Highlights include:

  • Timely Content --learn first-hand from the largest collection of global Apache project communities through detailed sessions, and standalone tracks such as Apache: Big Data, Flex Project Summit, TomcatCon, Apache: IoT, and CloudStack Collaboration Conference. Breaking industry news? You'll hear it here first.

  • Innovation Insight --presentations from the Apache Incubator (the ASF's hub for Open Source innovations, where a record 64 projects are currently undergoing development) include the latest developments in data science, Cloud, embedded systems, and many other categories, as well as industry-specific areas such as climate, microfinances, and cryptography. Learn what's next.

  • Knowledge Exchange --meet the people behind dozens of Apache projects through ample networking opportunities including BarCampApache, hackathons, BoFs, and corridor discussions. Driving a project in new directions? Starting a new initiative? Ideation sparks here.

  • Education --gain the latest skills with in-depth tutorials, trainings, and workshops with low student-to-instructor ratio. Classes are often led by the original creators and companies behind some of the most popular projects in Open Source.

  • Sponsor Showcase and Expo --engage with some of the commercial products and service providers behind Apache project communities in a friendly, relaxed, non-sales environment. 

Join individual developers, Fortune 500 companies, start ups, educators, consultants, and Open Source enthusiasts at the largest dedicated gathering of the collective Apache community at ApacheCon North America 16-18 May 2016 in Miami, FL.

Important Dates:

 - Call for Participation now open through 11 February 2017 http://apachecon.com/
 - Travel Assistance applications open through 8 March 2017 https://www.apache.org/travel/
 - Conference Schedule published on 9 March 2017
 - Early registration and lodging incentives available through 12 March 2017 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/attend/register-

For more information, visit http://apachecon.com/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheCon

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Monday November 21, 2016

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

Open Source Big Data in-memory data grid used by hundreds of enterprises to power mission-critical low latency, high concurrency transactional applications at extreme scale.

Forest Hill, MD —21 November 2016— 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® Geode™ has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

Apache Geode is an Open Source in-memory data grid that provides transactional data management for scale-out applications needing low latency response times during high concurrent processing.

"Graduating as a Top-Level Project marks an important milestone for Apache Geode," said Mark Bretl, Vice President of Apache Geode. "Our community is proud to champion a diverse group of developers and users whose support has helped Geode reach a sustainable level of maturity."

The Geode codebase was originally developed by Gemstone Systems in 2002. GemFire, the original commercial distribution of Geode, was first widely adopted by the financial sector as the transactional, low-latency data engine used in Wall Street trading platforms. Pivotal®, which owns the GemFire technology, submitted the Geode code to the Apache Incubator in April 2015.

"We are excited to see Geode graduate from the Apache Incubator to a Top-Level Project. It's quite a feat to transform a mature commercial product into a widely adopted open source project," said Elisabeth Hendrickson, VP of Big Data R&D at Pivotal. "The committers in Geode have worked hard at building community and making the project accessible to newcomers, paving the way for developers everywhere to benefit from a proven in memory data grid technology."

Since entering the Apache Incubator, the project has had significant increases in the number of independent developers contributing to the code, as well as organizations incorporating Apache Geode in their deployments and solutions. Today, over 600 enterprises use the technology behind Apache Geode for high-scale business applications that must meet low latency and 24x7 availability requirements, such as financial risk analysis systems, high volume eCommerce Websites, and transportation & logistics management.

"zData has been deploying big solutions with the technology of Apache Geode well before it became open source software. We look forward to helping more of our customers enjoy the speed, reliability, and scale that Apache Geode brings to any application architecture."
-- Dillon Woods, CTO, zData Inc.

"Apache Geode is an important component of Capgemini's Business Data Lake and fast reacting business scale out analytics solutions. Capgemini congratulates the Apache Geode community on becoming a top level project in The Apache Software Foundation." 
-- Steve Jones, Global Vice President, Big Data, Capgemini

"Apache Apex provides direct support for Apache Geode. Geode helps Apex deployments by providing fast, fault-tolerant storage and query support for stream processing data. Data Torrent welcomes Apache Geode as a peer project of Apache Apex".
--Amol Kekre, CTO at Data Torrent

"Apache Geode is an important component of Ampool Active Data Store. It provides scale-out in-memory processing with transactional consistency. We've been enthusiastic users of Apache Geode since its beginning, and look forward to this next phase".
-- Milind Bhandarkar, CEO at Ampool

"Through the incubation process we have worked to create an open and collaborative community for developers and users to work together, and look forward to seeing new contributions, feedback, bug reports, and subscribers to the Geode email lists," added Bretl.

The Apache Geode project welcomes contributions and community participation through mailing lists, face-to-face MeetUps, Geode Clubhouse online, and other events such as the Apache: Big Data conference series.

Availability and Oversight
Apache Geode 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 project updates, downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache Geode, visit http://geode.apache.org/ and @ApacheGeode.

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 620 individual Members and 5,500 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, OPDi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Geode", "Apache Geode", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Wednesday October 12, 2016

The Apache OpenOffice Project Announces Apache® OpenOffice™ v4.1.3

[translations available at https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/OOOUSERS/AOO+4.1.3+Announcement ]

Leading Open Source office application and personal productivity suite for Windows, Linux, and Mac now more secure and available in 41 languages


Forest Hill, MD —12 October 2016— Apache OpenOffice, the leading Open Source office document productivity suite, announced today Apache® OpenOffice™ v4.1.3, now available in 41 languages on Windows, Linux, and OS X.


Boasting more than 200 million downloads, OpenOffice includes a word processor ("Writer"), a spreadsheet ("Calc"), a presentation editor ("Impress"), a vector graphics editor ("Draw"), a mathematical formula editor ("Math"), and a database management program ("Base").


"As an Open Source project led by an all-volunteer community, occasional lulls in momentum are not uncommon," said Marcus Lange, Vice President of Apache OpenOffice. "Such was the case with OpenOffice until recently. We wanted to change this, starting with a new bugfix release."


Under The Hood

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3 features include:


  • Key security vulnerability fixes;

  • Support for new language dictionaries;

  • Numerous bug fixes, including installer and database support on Mac OS X; and

  • Enhancements to the build tools (for developers)


"This release symbolizes a resurgence in the project," said Patricia Shanahan, Release Manager for Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3. "We are proud to continue development of one of the most visible and widely used Apache projects."


The complete list of features and enhancements are available in the release notes at https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/OOOUSERS/AOO+4.1.3+Release+Notes


Apache OpenOffice is used by millions of organizations, institutions, and individuals around the world. In addition, OpenOffice plays an integral role in many governments, in response to their mandates to use files in the ISO/IEC standard Open Document Format (ODF).


OpenOffice supports localized versions in more than 120 languages; those that are 100% translated and maintained are officially released.


As with all Apache projects, Apache OpenOffice is available to all users free of charge, and, as Open Source software, its C++ source code is readily available for anyone who wishes to enhance the applications.


"This is not all, as more can be expected from the project," added Lange. "We invite those wishing to help support us to strive forward with development or in the many other areas to participate."


Availability and Oversight

Apache OpenOffice 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 more information on Apache OpenOffice, visit http://openoffice.apache.org/


Get Involved!

Apache OpenOffice welcomes contribution and community participation through mailing lists as well as attending face-to-face MeetUps, developer trainings, and user events. Those wishing to get involved in the project can find out more at http://openoffice.apache.org/get-involved.html


About Apache OpenOffice

Originally created as "StarOffice" by StarDivision and after further development as an Open Source product under the name "OpenOffice.org" at Sun Microsystems. The project continued development after Oracle Corporation acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010. OpenOffice entered the Apache Incubator in 2011 and graduated as an Apache Top-level Project in October 2012. 8 releases have been made under the auspices of the ASF, with more than 200 million downloads recorded to date. Visit http://openoffice.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheOO for more information.


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 550 individual Members and 5,300 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, OPDi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF


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Tuesday September 20, 2016

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Kudu™ v1.0

Open Source columnar storage engine for the Apache Hadoop ecosystem in use at Xiaomi, JD Mall, and RMS, among others.

Forest Hill, MD —20 September 2016— 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® Kudu™ v1.0, the Open Source columnar storage engine built for the Apache Hadoop® ecosystem.

Apache Kudu is designed to enable flexible, high-performance analytic pipelines.Optimized for lightning-fast scans, Kudu is particularly well suited to hosting time-series data and various types of operational data. In addition to its impressive scan speed, Kudu supports many operations available in traditional databases, including real-time insert, update, and delete operations. Kudu enables a "bring your own SQL" philosophy, and supports being accessed by multiple different query engines including such other Apache projects as Drill™, Spark™, and Impala (incubating).

"The Apache Kudu 1.0 release represents a major milestone for the project," said Todd Lipcon, Vice President of Apache Kudu. "One year after the first public beta, the community is confident that Kudu is ready for production for critical business use cases."

Apache Kudu 1.0 is the project's first milestone release since first joining The Apache Software Foundation a year ago, and includes a number of important features that include:
  • Support for redundant and highly available Kudu Master nodes;
  • Support for manual management of range partitioning, critical for time series workloads;
  • Rewritten integration with Apache Spark, including Spark SQL and Data Frame APIs;
  • An officially supported client library for Python; and
  • Substantial performance improvements both for random access and analytic workloads.

These features, along with hundreds of other improvements, bug fixes, and optimizations, represent the work of more than 40 contributors in the Apache community.

Apache Kudu is in use at numerous organizations around the world, spanning industries such as retail, online service delivery, risk management, and digital advertising. Early users of Kudu include Xiaomi (the world's fourth largest smart-phone maker), JD Mall (China's largest B2C online retailer), and RMS (the market leader in catastrophe risk modelling).

After three years of prototyping and development, Kudu was first unveiled to the world at Strata/Hadoop World NYC in September, 2015. Several months later, Kudu was submitted to the Apache Incubator, where the project began to attract a community of active developers and users. In July, 2016, Kudu graduated as an Apache Top-Level Project.

"Kudu 1.0 is the most performant, full-featured, and stable release of Kudu yet. Every day we see new users joining the community, deploying Kudu alongside other Apache projects such as Impala and Spark to solve valuable real-time use cases," added Lipcon. "Kudu expands the Apache Hadoop ecosystem's capabilities, enabling real-time data ingestion and updates while also serving high performance analytics with a substantially simplified architecture."

"The availability of Kudu 1.0 is an exciting milestone and my data science team is eager to evaluate it. We do a lot of work with time series workflows in science data systems and the speed-ups there should really help in our deployment of Kudu," said Chris Mattmann, Chief Architect in the Instrument and Science Data Systems Section at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and member of the Apache Kudu Project Management Committee.

The Apache Kudu project welcomes contributions and community participation through mailing lists, a Slack channel, face-to-face MeetUps, and other events. Catch Apache Kudu in action at Strata/Hadoop World, 26-29 September in New York City, where engineers from Cloudera, Comcast Xfinity, and GE Digital will present sessions related to Kudu.

Availability and Oversight
Apache Kudu 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 Kudu, visit http://kudu.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheKudu

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 550 individual Members and 5,300 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSIGMA, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, OPDi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® CouchDB™ v2.0

Pioneering Open Source database that scales from Big Data to Mobile in use at Apple, Deutsche Telekom, DHL, and IBM, among many others.

Forest Hill, MD —20 September 2016— 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® CouchDB™ v2.0, the database that scales from Big Data to Mobile.

Apache CouchDB is widely recognized as the pioneering NoSQL database that first brought the simplicity of JSON and HTTP to the database world. CouchDB's seamless multi-master synchronisation make it ideal for Big Data applications and mobile devices.

"CouchDB 2.0 finally fulfills the project’s original vision to bring reliable data sync to Big Data and Mobile in one seamless solution," said Jan Lehnardt, Vice President of Apache CouchDB. "The team has been working tirelessly to make that vision a reality, and we're extremely proud of the resulting 2.0 release."

Apache CouchDB 2.0 is the result of the donation and subsequent merger of IBM Cloudant's BigCouch project to The Apache Software Foundation, giving the project significant features and production-ready code in one go. CouchDB 2.0 features include:
  • Built-in clustering for Big Data-scale and high-availability (based on the Amazon Dynamo paper);
  • 99% API compatibility with previous versions (most applications will continue to just work);
  • "Mango", the new, developer-friendly querying language;
  • Significant performance improvements in all areas, specifically replication and compaction; and
  • Completely rewritten and modern admin interface.

Apache CouchDB is in use at an array of global organizations such as Apple, Deutsche Telekom, and DHL, among many others. It is at the core of the emerging Offline First movement (as identified on the ThoughtWorks Radar in November 2015) with its cross-project Couch Replication Protocol implemented by independent sister-projects such as a) PouchDB (targeting in-browser as well as Node.js JavaScript environments), b) Couchbase Lite (for iOS and and Android), and c) Cloudant Mobile Sync. This ecosystem of projects and products allows developers to build offline capable Web- and native applications that provide a superior user experience, even in the face adverse network connectivity.

CouchDB was instrumental in providing offline-first applications in the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, allowing first-responders to help more people more efficiently, including launching an Ebola vaccination trial in Sierra Leone. No other technology was suited to face the adversity of the lack of network infrastructure and a challenging human crisis spanning five countries.

In addition, CouchDB drives innovation at industry giants like IBM, through their Cloudant acquisition as the core of its Cloud Data Services portfolios, solving Big Data as a Service for startups and the enterprise.

"CouchDB 2.0 is the result of several years of hard work, bringing Cloudant's clustering code back into the project from which it sprang," said Robert Newson, member of the Apache CouchDB Project Management Committee and Senior Database Engineer for Cloudant, IBM. "2.0 reinvigorates the CouchDB project with new features and better performance. I hope the CouchDB community is as thrilled as I am to reach this milestone in our journey and hope many of you will be active participants in the journey ahead."

"CouchDB 2.0 really takes CouchDB to the next level. The new Fauxton interface is gorgeous, and the long-awaited debut of real clustering should satisfy any scaling needs," said Nolan Lawson, Web Platform PM at Microsoft Edge and PouchDB project maintainer. "And of course, we've been making a lot of effort on PouchDB to ensure it stays compatible – CouchDB 2.0 and PouchDB are a solid combination for modern Web development."

"Using Apache CouchDB we can focus developing features on our cross platform scenario, without the high and unpredictable cost of implementing our own sync," said Dr. Marten Schönherr, CTO of immmr GmbH, 100% subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. "With CouchDB 2.0, replication performance will be vastly improved."

"We encourage everyone interested in CouchDB to have a look what we have to offer with version 2.0, and we are looking forward to many success stories of existing users upgrading," added Lehnardt.

Availability and Oversight
Apache CouchDB 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 CouchDB, visit http://couchdb.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/CouchDB

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 550 individual Members and 5,300 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSIGMA, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, OPDi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "CouchDB", "Apache CouchDB", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Tuesday September 13, 2016

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Syncope™ 2.0

Open Source, enterprise-grade solution brings Identity Management (IdM) to mission-critical applications, domains, databases, and objects across the Internet of Things (IoT)

Forest Hill, MD —13 September 2016— 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® Syncope™ 2.0, the digital identity and access management system.

Implemented in Java EE technology, Apache Syncope is a powerful and flexible system designed to keep enterprise identity data consistent and synchronized across repositories, data formats, and models.

"Syncope 2.0.0 is a major milestone for the community," said Francesco Chicchiriccò, Vice President of Apache Syncope, and one of the original creators of the project. "The numbers of this release look great --new features, new components and tools, new contributors, more enterprise appeal, and even more extensibility."

Syncope was originally created at Tirasa and entered the Apache Incubator in February 2012. The project has had 30 releases since becoming a Top-Level Project (TLP) in November 2012.

Under The Hood
Apache Syncope 2.0 features include:
  • Domains - built to facilitate multi-tenancy, with physical separation of all data of different domains (e.g. tenant) into different database instances;

  • Any Objects - in addition to managing users and groups, Syncope is now also able to define and manage object types such as workstations, printers, folders, sensors, services and more. This positions Apache Syncope at the forefront of bringing identity management to the world of IoT (Internet of Things);

  • New Admin and End User UI - completely revisited Web administration console with new look, features, and self-service Web application allows users to edit details only pertaining to him/herself; and

  • Documentation - brand new Getting Started and Reference guides enable users to become productive quickly and efficiently.

"We are particularly proud of our new documentation, which is quite possibly the most widely claimed missing feature of many Open Source projects," added Chicchiriccò. "Apache Syncope documentation is here to eliminate this Achilles' heel. We're looking forward to welcoming new Syncope users."

Apache Syncope is in use at ARAG, Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova, Bibliotheek.nl, iWelcome, Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona, PTC Vuforia, Stadtwerke München (SWM), SURFnet, University of Helsinki, University of Milan, and UShareSoft, among many others.

"We chose Apache Syncope as the Identity Management platform because of the simplicity and flexibility of its REST API and also for its support to import users from various sources," said Ben Sorek, Director Software Engineering at PTC. "Syncope's extendibility was important in the implementation of the complex workflows required by Vuforia."

"Of all the Open Source systems available, we selected Apache Syncope as it met our requirements in the POC evaluation," said Päivi Pääkkö, Team Leader and IT Specialist at University of Helsinki. "As the home university of the developer of the Linux system, we have no doubts concerning the use of Open Source solutions."

"We rely on Apache Syncope as the fulcrum of our Identity infrastructure," said Andrea Badaloni, IT Director at Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona. "In the public healthcare sector we need to consider several factors when selecting products, and Apache Syncope has proven to be the winning choice."

"Talend has been deploying Apache Syncope for several years as an Identity Management solution, both on-premise and in the Cloud," said Thomas Steinborn, Director Product Management Cloud and Realtime, Talend. "Members of our team actively contributed to the 2.0.0 release and are looking forward to leveraging its latest advancements in Talend's Integration solutions."

Availability and Oversight
Apache Syncope 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 more information on Apache Syncope, visit http://syncope.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/syncopeidm

Get Involved!
Apache Syncope welcomes contribution and community participation through mailing lists as well as attending face-to-face MeetUps, developer trainings, and user events. Those wishing to get involved in the project can find out more at http://syncope.apache.org/contributing.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 550 individual Members and 5,300 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, OPDi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Syncope", "Apache Syncope", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Monday August 22, 2016

Announcing Apache® CloudStack™ v4.9

Mature, easy-to-deploy Open Source Cloud computing software meets the demands of the world's largest Cloud providers

Forest Hill, MD —22 August 2016— The Apache CloudStack project announced today the immediate availability of Apache CloudStack v4.9, the latest version of the turnkey Open Source Cloud computing software platform used for creating private, public, and hybrid Cloud environments.

Apache CloudStack Clouds enable billions of dollars worth of business transactions annually across their Clouds. Its maturity, stability and ease of deployment has led it to become the Open Source platform of choice for many service providers offering on-demand, elastic public Cloud computing services. CloudStack is also leveraged by many enterprises to provide private or hybrid Clouds for use by their employees.

CloudStack includes an intuitive user interface and rich APIs for managing the compute, networking, software, and storage infrastructure resources. It supports a broad range of integration points for both traditional and Cloud-native workloads.

"We're delighted to be releasing Apache CloudStack 4.9," said Will Stevens, Vice President of Apache CloudStack. "This version brings many new and exciting features, with the continued emphasis on making Apache CloudStack the easiest Cloud platform to deploy and most reliable platform for running IaaS environments. This release is the culmination of many months of hard work by our diverse developer community."

CloudStack 4.9 reflects dozens of new features and improvements, including:
  • Out-of-band power management of hosts through IPMI, iLO, DRAC
  • Enhancements to CloudStack networking model including deeper integration with Nuage VSP SDN
  • User defined security roles
  • More than 180 minor enhancements and issues fixed
A complete overview of all new enhancements can be found in the project release notes at http://docs.cloudstack.apache.org/projects/cloudstack-release-notes/en/4.9.0/

Apache CloudStack has been used by thousands of organizations worldwide and is in use/production at Alcatel-Lucent, Autodesk, BT Cloud, China Telecom, cloud.ca, Cloudops, Codero Hosting, DataPipe, Exoscale, Globo.com, GreenQloud, Hokkaido University, IDC Frontier, Ikoula, Interoute, KDDI, KT/Korea Telecom, LeaseWeb, NTT, Orange, PCextreme, Schuberg Philis, Shopzilla, Slovak Telekom, Tata, Telia Latvia, Trader Media Group, TomTom, University of Melbourne, University of São Paolo, Verizon, and WebMD among many others. A list of known users of the software can be found at http://cloudstack.apache.org/users.html

"At Codero, we have been running our Public Cloud flawlessly on CloudStack since 2012 having selected it to power our Public and Hybrid Cloud due to its amazing stability, ease of use, and versatility," said Emil Sayegh, CEO and Chairman of Codero Hosting. "We are excited for the release of the next version of Apache CloudStack with its new features and capabilities that cement it as the Open Source platform of choice for leading hosting providers."

"Apache CloudStack has enabled us at Exoscale to build a public Cloud infrastructure offering that targets Cloud native teams directly," said Marc-Aurèle Brothier, Senior Developer at Exoscale. "CloudStack's flexibility lets us choose standard components for most workloads and then swap in our own code where our product and customers' needs demand it. We're excited to have contributed to CloudStack and also for the future of our CloudStack-based business."

"Apache CloudStack has been at the very foundation of Telia CLOUDY SERVICES already for more than 3 years," said Mārtiņš Paurs, CCO of CLOUDY SERVICES by Telia Latvia. "After starting with regular IaaS services, during time it has taken over orchestration of Cloud based video surveillance, CDN and video lifecycle management workloads, all for the benefit of our customers. And CloudStack does it really well! The ease of use, stability, professional and community support, powerful features  and scale we can achieve by using CloudStack has turned upside down the way and pace we innovate together with the very demanding market."

"cloud.ca is an avid supporter of Apache CloudStack not only because we value the stability and robustness of the platform, but because we highly value the power of the CloudStack community to drive innovation," said Mike Gero, Vice President of Product & Business Development at cloud.ca. "We look forward to benefiting from the myriad of improvements and fixes in CloudStack 4.9, as well as beginning to work with new features like the enhanced networking model."

"At University of São Paulo we are proud to be part of the Apache CloudStack community. We see the community playing a very strong role in solving many issues and providing ongoing effort to improve Apache CloudStack through recent versions, including 4.9," said Professor João Eduardo Ferreira, IT Office CIO, and Cyrano Rizzo, Sao Paulo IT Office Director, at University of São Paulo. "We are very happy to have adopted Apache CloudStack since 2012 as our main tool to run our infrastructure private cloud initiative of +500 hosts. Apache CloudStack is a professional-grade and very robust tool: we continue to use and encourage other institutions to use the same architecture."

Availability
CloudStack 4.9 is available immediately as a free download from http://cloudstack.apache.org/downloads.html. Apache CloudStack software is released under the Apache License v2.0.

Governance and Oversight
Apache CloudStack 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.

Get Involved!
Apache CloudStack welcomes contribution and community participation through mailing lists as well as attending face-to-face MeetUps, developer trainings, and user events. Anybody wishing to get involved in the project can find out more at http://cloudstack.apache.org/contribute.html

About Apache CloudStack
Apache CloudStack is a mature, turnkey integrated Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Open Source software platform that allows users to build feature-rich public and private Cloud environments. Hailed by Gartner Group as "a solid product", CloudStack includes an intuitive user interface and rich APIs for managing the compute, networking, software, and storage infrastructure resources. CloudStack entered the Apache Incubator in April 2012 and became an Apache Top-level Project in March 2013. For downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache CloudStack, visit http://cloudstack.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/CloudStack

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "CloudStack", and "Apache CloudStack" are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Monday June 06, 2016

The Apache® Software Foundation Announces Annual Report for 2015-2016 Fiscal Year

Trusted community recognized for accelerating Open Source innovation and advancing the future of open development.

Forest Hill, MD —6 June 2016— 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 its annual report for its 2015-2016 fiscal year, which ended 30 April 2016. Highlights include:

Open Source Leadership -- 

  • 21st anniversary of the Apache HTTP Server Project
  • 17th anniversary of The Apache Software Foundation
  • 175 committees managing 291 Top-level Projects (TLPs) and dozens of sub-projects
  • Millions of people worldwide access the ASF's two dozen servers and 75 distinct hosts each day
  • Apache featured more than 400 times in Gartner Magic Quadrant reports

Innovation --

  • 20 new Apache Top-level Projects (TLPs)
  • Record 55 podlings undergoing development in the Apache Incubator, plus 39 initiatives in the Apache Labs
  • Apache Hadoop® ecosystem continues to dominate the Big Data marketplace
  • 743 repositories managed
  • 33% increase in signed Individual Contributor License Agreements (CLAs)
  • 3,425 ASF Committers and 5,922 Apache code contributors (21% increase) added nearly 20M lines of code; average 18,000 code commits per month
  • 315,533,038 Lines of code changed (65% increase)

Community --

  • 58 new individual ASF Members elected
  • Apache projects overseen by 2,000+ Project Management Committee (PMC) members
  • Launched new "Help Wanted" application to match volunteers with Apache projects and activities seeking assistance
  • Held hundreds of events globally, including ApacheCon Europe and North America, plus countless conferences, workshops, and regional MeetUps
  • Participated in the Google Summer of Code as a Mentoring Organization for 12 consecutive years

Operations --

  • Apache services running 24x7x365 at near 100% uptime on an annual budget of less than US$5,000 per project
  • Launched new home.apache.org and lists.apache.org services
  • Initiated experiment with Github to automate user management and group permissions for 5,000+ Apache users
  • Launched new ASF brand identity
  • Ongoing trademarks, brand management, and legal support for dozens of existing and new projects
  • Bolstered organizational backing, with 37 ASF Sponsors and 11 Infrastructure partners
  • The ASF exited FY 2015 with revenue at $996K, ahead of projected budget

The full report is available online at https://s.apache.org/Ccml

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Tuesday March 08, 2016

The Apache® Software Foundation announces Apache Flink™ v1.0

Advanced distributed stream processing framework performs 50x faster than other real-time computation systems

Forest Hill, MD —8 March 2016— 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® Flink™ v1.0, the advanced Open Source distributed real-time stream processing system.

Apache Flink is an easy to use, yet sophisticated Open Source stream processor, with recent test results clocking in at least 50x faster than other distributed real-time computation systems.

"Releasing Flink 1.0 is the most important milestone in the project since graduation to a top-level Apache project one year ago," said Stephan Ewen, Vice President of Apache Flink and co-founder/CTO of data Artisans. "This is a collective achievement of more than 150 individuals that have contributed code to date."

Under The Hood
Flink uniquely supports a combination of features that include flexible windowing on event time, out-of-order stream handling, high availability, and exactly-once guarantees, together with high event throughput and low processing latency.

V.1.0 furthers Apache Flink's maturity, making it significantly easier to program, deploy, and maintain Flink pipelines at scale by:
  • initiating backwards compatibility of public APIs against all 1.x.y versions;
  • introducing functionality for complex event processing (CEP);
  • supporting large state beyond memory limits;
  • supporting state versioning and savepoints; and 
  • improving the system's monitoring functionality

"Flink v1.0 is indeed a testament to the maturity of the platform, which now enjoys production use at Fortune Global 500, as well as leading tech companies," said Kostas Tzoumas, member of the Apache Flink Project Management Committee, and co-founder/CEO of data Artisans.

"Google congratulates the Apache Flink community for this achievement," said William Vambenepe, Lead Product Manager for Big Data on Google Cloud Platform. "Flink is unlocking the richness of stream processing at scale, and delivering on the promise of the Dataflow Programming Model for all users, anywhere. We look forward to continuing to work with the Flink community, including further unification of APIs as part of Apache Beam (incubating)."

"At King.com we are using Flink to process more than 30 billion events daily, leveraging Flink's stateful streaming abstractions," said Christofer Waldenström, Team Lead for Streaming Platform at King.com. "We find that Flink provides a convenient way to interact with real-time data for complex streaming use-cases involving large state beyond memory."

"Apache Flink proved to be a valuable framework in our day-to-day business. It helps us to process log events, aggregate tracking information, apply filters and decide upon message routing," said Christian Kreutzfeldt, Senior Solution Developer & Architect at Otto Group BI. "We are still excited to see how fast new applications can be implemented and deployed. Even complex requirements do not constitute a significant challenge. For the upcoming version 1.0 we are looking forward to see a stabilized API and the advanced monitoring features. Especially the back pressure monitoring could become a great tool to understand internal processing behavior much better. Furthermore from an enterprise user perspective we are happy to see that Apache Flink finally reached version 1.0 which typically opens the door to the broader enterprise market."

Flink originated at the Stratosphere research project that started in 2009 by the Technical University of Berlin, along with several other European universities. The project was submitted to the Apache Incubator in April 2014 and became an Apache Top-Level Project in December 2014. 

Today, Flink among the ASF's dynamic Big Data projects, with more than 150 contributors to date, a wealth of production deployments, and commercial support by data Artisans, a company founded by the core team that originally developed Flink.

"The two things that have always struck me about Flink has been the excellence of the code and the excellence of the team," said Ted Dunning, Vice President of the Apache Incubator and Chief Application Architect at MapR. "This pattern is continuing with this release."

Get Involved!
Apache Flink welcomes contribution and community participation through mailing lists as well as attending face-to-face MeetUps, developer trainings, and the following events:
  • QCon (London, 7-9 March 2016)
  • Strata/Hadoop World (San Jose, 28-31 March 2016)
  • Hadoop Summit (Dublin, 13-14 April 2016)
  • Kafka Summit (San Francisco, 26 April 2016)
  • Apache: Big Data (Vancouver, 9-12 May 2016)
  • OSCON (Austin, TX, 18-19 May 2016)
  • Strata/Hadoop World (London, 31 May - 3 June 2016)
  • Berlin Buzzwords (Berlin, 5-7 June 2016)
  • Flink Forward (Berlin, 12-14 September 2016)

Availability and Oversight
Apache Flink 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 Flink, visit http://flink.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheFlink

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 550 individual Members and 5,300 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Apache Beam (incubating)", "Beam (incubating)", "Apache Cassandra", "Cassandra", "Apache Flink", "Flink", "Apache Hadoop", "Hadoop", "Apache HBase", "HBase", "Apache Kafka", "Kafka", "Apache MapReduce", "MapReduce", "Apache Storm", "Storm", "Apache YARN", "YARN", "ApacheCon", and their logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Tuesday December 08, 2015

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

Open Source petabyte-scale Big Data Distributed Analytics Engine in use at eBay, Exponential, JD.com, Meituan, MiningLAMP, and NetEase, among others.

Forest Hill, MD –8 December 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 Kylin has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

Apache Kylin is an Open Source Distributed Analytics Engine designed to provide a SQL interface and multi-dimensional analysis (OLAP) on Apache Hadoop, supporting extremely large datasets. 

"Apache Kylin's incubation journey has demonstrated the value of Open Source governance at ASF and the power of building an open-source community and ecosystem around the project," said Luke Han, Vice President of Apache Kylin. "Our community is engaging the world's biggest local developer community in alignment with the Apache Way."

A leading OLAP-on-Hadoop solution, Apache Kylin fills the gap between Big Data exploration and human use, enabling interactive analysis on massive datasets with sub-second latency for analysts, end users, developers, and data enthusiasts. With these capabilities, Apache Kylin brings back business intelligence (BI) to Apache Hadoop to unleash the value of Big Data. Kylin originated at eBay, and was submitted to the Apache Incubator in November 2014.

"Apache Kylin brings Big Data to the enterprise and enables petabyte scale analytics on all the existing enterprise BI tools," said Debashis Saha, Vice President of Commerce Platform and Infrastructure at eBay. "We are extremely happy to do this in a community-driven manner and we look forward to continued innovation and collaboration of community members to advance Big Data OLAP."

"Apache Kylin provides a fantastic solution which enabled us to do 'real' interactive analysis on large-scale data without significant query latency anymore," said Yinan Wu, Lead of Data Platform at NetEase (NASDAQ: NTES). "Many thanks to the Apache Kylin team. Apache Kylin will definitely benefit more users who are interested in OLAP for Big Data."

"As one of the mentors for Apache Kylin it was a pleasure to work with the team," said Henry Saputra, ASF Member and Apache Incubator Project Management Committee member. "The team learned the Apache Way very quickly and have been developing in the open as part of decision-making and adding new committers. As a mentor of the project it was just a matter of providing guidance in the right direction to go --the team just executed to deliver high quality releases."

In addition, Kylin has relationships to several other Apache projects. "We have tightly integrated Apache Calcite as our SQL Engine, and we provided Kylin Interpreter to Apache Zeppelin," added Han. "Also, Kylin is big consumer of Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, HBase and Zookeeper, together with these other key members of the Big Data family, ASF is a natural home for Kylin."

Global adoption of Apache Kylin
Apache Kylin is in use at different organizations world wide, with rapid adoption as a critical analytic platform for the fastest growing Big Data market in China.

"It is great to see Apache Kylin graduate to a Top Level Project within a relatively short period of time," said Seshu Adunuthula, Director of ADI at eBay. "It has been an exciting journey seeing the community evolve around Kylin, adopting it and contributing to its newer capabilities. Several companies in addition to eBay are now using Kylin as their Big Data OLAP engines."

"Apache Kylin and its low query latency with ANSI SQL on extreme datasets feature helped us to replace legacy RMDBs of JD.com's JCloud Open API platform, which eliminated the challenges of extreme data growth and smoothly expanding our capacity," said Ling Zhu, Sr. Director of Cloud Platform at JD.com (NASDAQ: JD). "With insight on JOS API statistics data, growing by more than 700 million records every day, Apache Kylin enabled us to do multi-dimensional analysis on tens of billions of reconrds with latency in seconds."

"We have helped many of our customers with Apache Kylin to set up end-to-end business intelligence solutions," said Shicong Feng, CTO at MiningLAMP. "Apache Kylin has proved to be a very useful and powerful tool for multi-dimensional data analysis and reporting in the Big Data area, I would recommend Apache Kylin to anyone interested in making BI solutions on massive amounts of data."

"Apache Kylin is the best Open Source project for Meituan's data warehouse requirements among of other analytics technologies, with its great features including sub-second query latency on a billion records with high scalability and seamless integration with BI products," said Wen Li, Sr. Researcher of Engineering and Technology at Meituan.com. "The excellent support from Apache Kylin community enabled Meituan's Big Data team to respond quickly for a variety of needs from multi-product lines. We are looking forward to Apache Kylin continuing their good work and quickly evolving to bring more value to Big Data industry."

"Apache Kylin is the best OLAP engine on Big Data so far," said Wilson Pang, Senior Director of Data Services and Solutions at eBay. "At eBay, we collect every user behavior on every eBay screen. While other OLAP engines struggle with the data volume, Kylin enables query responses in the milliseconds. Moreover, we are also starting to leverage Kylin for near real time data streaming storage and analytics engine. All together, Kylin serves as a critical backend component for eBay’s product analytics platform."

"Working with the Apache Kylin team to bring Kylin through incubation to top-level status has been really exciting for me," said Ted Dunning, Apache Kylin incubator mentor, Vice President of the Apache Incubator, and Chief Application Architect at MapR Technologies. "The technical aspects of Kylin are exciting, of course, but just as exciting is the way that Kylin represents a growing involvement of Asian countries like China in the Open Source community."

Availability and Oversight
Apache Kylin 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 Kylin, visit http://kylin.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheKylin

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 550 individual Members and 4,700 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, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Kylin", "Apache Kylin", "Calcite", "Apache Calcite", "Hadoop", "Apache Hadoop", "HBase", "Apache HBase", "Kafka", "Apache Kafka", "Spark", "Apache Spark", "Zookeeper", "Apache Zookeeper", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Monday November 23, 2015

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

Open Source framework for modelling, deploying, monitoring and managing applications in use at Canopy, IBM, SWIFT, and Virtustream, among others.

Forest Hill, MD –23 November 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™ Brooklyn™ has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

Apache Brooklyn is an application blueprint and management platform used for integrating services across multiple data centers as well as and a wide range of software in the Cloud.

"We're very proud of the work that our community has done to bring us to graduation," said Richard Downer, Vice President of Apache Brooklyn. "Our time in the Apache Incubator has given us the opportunity to grow the project, both its community and its code. Users of Brooklyn can now be confident that this is a project that is going to be around for a long time to come."

With modern applications being composed of many components, and increasing interest in micro-services architecture, the deployment and ongoing evolution of deployed apps is an increasingly difficult problem. Apache Brooklyn’s blueprints provide a clear, concise way to model an application, its components and their configuration, and the relationships between components, before deploying to public Cloud or private infrastructure. Policy-based management, built on the foundation of autonomic computing theory, continually evaluates the running application and makes modifications to it to keep it healthy and optimize for metrics such as cost and responsiveness.

Cloud service providers Canopy and Virtustream both recognize the value of having an application-centered view of services and have created product offerings built on Apache Brooklyn. IBM has also made extensive use of Apache Brooklyn in order to migrate large workloads from AWS to IBM Softlayer.

Apache Brooklyn is in use at SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication), creators of the industry syntax standard for financial messages. "Apache Brooklyn fills a gap in orchestration of service delivery," said Otmane Benali, Manager of Messaging Integration at SWIFT. "Its use of the CAMP standard provides operations a single window to managing heterogeneous platforms, very common in large enterprises."

Brooklyn was created by ASF sponsor Cloudsoft Corporation in 2011, and was submitted to the Apache Incubator in May 2014. The project recently released version 0.8.0, and is continuing to evolve fast, with the aim of making a stable, well-featured 1.0 release in the first half of 2016.

"Congratulations to Brooklyn for becoming an Apache Top Level Project," said Hadrian Zbarcea, Apache Brooklyn Incubator Mentor, ASF Member, and President of Apifocal. "As a standards based, modular, extensible framework for modeling, monitoring and managing Cloud applications through autonomic blueprints, Brooklyn offers a new paradigm for Cloud platforms deployment and has the potential to create new markets --similar to what virtualization meant for the Cloud computing space."

In addition, Brooklyn has relationships to several other Apache projects. "We are big consumers of Apache jclouds, and contributors to it, so that we get strong cross-Cloud portability," added Downer. "This made the Apache Software Foundation a natural home for Brooklyn. In addition, the Brooklyn community offers off-the-shelf blueprints for many well-known Apache projects, from Cassandra and Qpid to Mesos and Hadoop."

Catch Apache Brooklyn in action at Cloud Foundry Summit Asia in Shanghai on 3 December 2015 http://cfasia2015.sched.org/event/4jwB

Availability and Oversight
Apache Brooklyn 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 Brooklyn, visit http://brooklyn.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheBrooklyn

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 550 individual Members and 4,700 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, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Brooklyn", "Apache Brooklyn", "Cassandra", "Hadoop", "jclouds", "Mesos", "Qpid", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Monday July 20, 2015

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

NSA-originated Big Data automation system acquires and delivers data easily, securely, and reliably across enterprise systems in real time.

Forest Hill, MD --20 July 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™ NiFi™ has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

Apache NiFi tackles a very old but increasingly relevant problem, which is how to automate the flow of data between systems. NiFi was built to address critical gaps in traditional systems where other solutions lacked sufficient security, interactivity, scalability, and data lineage.

"We took a project with more than eight years of development in a closed source environment and transitioned it to a very open and collaborative space," said Joe Witt, Vice President of Apache NiFi. "How easy that transition was speaks volumes to the effectiveness of the Incubator process and the community around Apache in general."

Based on the concepts of flow-based programming, NiFi is easy to use, powerful, reliable, and highly configurable. Two important features of NiFi are its powerful user interface and its fine grained data provenance tools. The interface allows users to intuitively understand and interact with the data flow directly in the browser, promoting faster and safer iteration.

The data provenance features allow the user to see how an object flowed through the system, replay it, and visualize what happened to it before and after key stages, thereby simplifying data flows that are often large, complex directed graphs involving transformations, forks, joins, and more.

"NiFi's seamless user interface, robust security features, and powerful data provenance offer a unique set of capabilities for solving the challenges of managing distributed systems," said Rob Bearden, CEO of Hortonworks. "We are proud NiFi participants and congratulate the NiFi community on becoming a top-level Apache project."

"NiFi's well designed, mature API has made our integration process remarkably straightforward," said Mike Bishop, Chief Systems Architect at Prescient Edge. "With it, we're able to track the origin, transformation, and persistence of data throughout our analytic processes."

In addition, NiFi uses a component based extension model to rapidly add capabilities to complex dataflows. Out of the box NiFi has several extensions for dealing with file-based dataflows such as FTP, SFTP, and HTTP integration as well as integration with HDFS. One of NiFi's unique features is a rich, Web-based interface for designing, controlling, and monitoring a dataflow.

"The NiFi user interface and ease of extension have made it extremely easy to get up and running and even customize," said Craig Connel, CTO of Leverege. "It is great that it also easily integrates with other parts of the Apache Big Data world like Spark, Kafka, and Hadoop."

NiFi originated at the National Security Agency (NSA) as Niagarafiles, and was submitted to the Apache Incubator in November 2014 as part of the NSA Technology Transfer Program.

"The contributions we've seen from the community over the past few months are really exciting," added Witt. "It is a good sign that while this project has been around for more than eight years by moving to the ASF we've really only just started." 

Catch Apache NiFi in action at OSCON in Portland, Oregon, on Friday 24 July 2015 http://www.oscon.com/open-source-2015/public/schedule/detail/42463

Availability and Oversight
Apache NiFi 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 NiFi, visit http://nifi.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/apachenifi

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 550 individual Members and 4,700 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.

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "NiFi", "Apache NiFi", "Hadoop", "Apache Hadoop", "Kafka", "Apache Kafka", "Spark", "Apache Spark", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 

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