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Ivet Petrova
banner.pngOn March 20-24, 2023, in Europa-Park, Germany will take place the #1 internet infrastructure event in the world, connecting the global cloud computing industry - CloudFest! Meet the Apache CloudStack Community at booth G19.

We are excited to announce that for the first year, Apache CloudStack will be exhibiting at the worlds largest cloud industry event. As an exhibitor, we will showcase the power of one of the leading open-source IaaS management solutions. People from leading cloud providers, MSPs and telcos will have the chance to discover more about the capabilities and use cases of CloudStack as a turnkey solution for cloud management.

Ivet Petrova
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2022 was a hugely successful year for the Apache CloudStack community. We collaborated on a successful major release - Apache CloudStack 4.17 bringing a bunch of new capabilities and improvements, as well as created multiple new CloudStack integrations. As well as this, the community created two minor releases as part of the LTS programme.

The community also held two successful conferences, one of which being the first in-person CloudStack Collaboration Conference since the pandemic. The new &"Year in Review" blogs series encourages us to reflect on the communitys achievements, and thus lets us brainstorm the ways we will further develop Apache CloudStack in all facets in the new year. Find out what we managed to achieve together and what is coming in 2023 in this recap article!

Ivet Petrova
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CloudStack Collaboration Conference 2022 took place on 14th-16th November. The event, which is organised by a team of volunteers from the Apache CloudStack Community, was held in the Capital Fort Business centre in Sofia, Bulgaria.

For the first time, the CloudStack Collaboration Conference was held as a hybrid event. It was streamed live on Hubilo for those who were not able to attend in-person. As it was the first time the community had collaborated in-person since the pandemic, we managed to collect a record number of physical attendees!

The conference hosted over 370 participants and 48 speakers from 32 countries. In total, there were 38 sessions from leading CloudStack experts, users and skilful engineers from the open-source world. These sessions included: technical talks, user stories, new features and integrations presentations and more.

Ivet Petrova
Cloud/IaaS Predictions

It's the beginning of the new year, and here the Apache CloudStack community shares its predictions about the state of open-source technology and the future of Cloud/IaaS. While some well-established trends (such as the migration to hybrid cloud environments and containerization) will continue in 2022, the potential for disruption caused by the ongoing pandemic will drive IT to accelerated change and improvement.

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Apache CloudStack 4.16 is the latest release of the cloud management platform from the Apache Software Foundation and is a result of months of work from the development community. 4.16 is an LTS (Long Term Support) release so will be maintained for a period of 18 months after release.

Ivet Petrova
CCC-Announcement.jpgThe Place to Meet the Most Vibrant Open-source Community

For a 9th year in a row, the global Apache CloudStack community is organising its major event - CloudStack Collaboration Conference, running from November 8 to November 12. Due to the pandemic, the event will happen entirely virtually. With this move, the Apache CloudStack community will enable even more members and people interested in the technology to learn more about it, its latest capabilities and integrations.

With two very successful events in the United Stated we know it is time to bring this conference to Europe. This time we’re gathering the community in The Netherlands. More specific, right in the center of Amsterdam in one of its historical landmarks, the Beurs van Berlage.

Starting November 20th with a hack day and continuing with a two day conference, this will be your opportunity to dive into all things CloudStack. Meet the community, discuss new ideas and learn about existing and upcoming features. We have setup the conference to provide an exciting environment to participate in workshops, attend presentations or just sit back and have a drink with other CloudStack enthusiasts.

The Call for Papers is open right now, so send your abstract to cfp@cloudstackcollab.org. If it’s relevant to Apache CloudStack development, deployment, and integration, we’re interested in what you might have to say. We can accommodate workshops, hack sessions, presentation and we want to work with you to make sure you can share what you want with the community. Check the website for more details, http://www.cloudstackcollab.org/call-for-papers

The conference website http://www.cloudstackcollab.org will be regularly updated with new content to keep you informed about the conference. Please check it regularly to be informed about the latest developments regarding the CloudStack Collaboration Conference Europe.

Important Dates

The Call for Papers will run from today (August 16th) to September 30th. We will send out notifications shortly after closing the Call for Papers.

The Conference Hack Day will be November 20th

The Conference talks and planned sessions begin on November 21th

The Conference ends on November 22th

Registration

We will announce the registration in a short while, please keep an eye on the website http://www.cloudstackcollab.org/ for more details.

Location

The conference will be at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Located in the city center it is close to quite a number of hotels and hostels in Amsterdam. We are looking at the possibility to make a deal with one of the hotels in the immediate vicinity of the conference location. We will update the conference website when we have the details.

Sponsoring

Sponsoring opportunities are available for the CloudStack Collaboration Conference. At the conference website http://www.cloudstackcollab.org/sponsors some of our sponsors will explain you the benefits in a video message. If you’d like to see the sponsorship prospectus or ask about sponsoring, contact sponsors@cloudstackcollab.org.

We’re very pleased to invite the community to Amsterdam and we hope you’ll join us! See you in Amsterdam!

Mature, open source turn-key platform for delivering scalable, full-featured Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds.

Forest Hill, MD - 25 March 2013

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 open source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache CloudStack 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.

"When CloudStack first became an Apache Incubator project, it was a well-established cloud management platform, so its codebase was already mature," said Chip Childers, Vice President of Apache CloudStack. "Our work in the Incubator has focused on growing a really strong community around the code and establishing the governance practices expected of a top-level project within the Apache Software Foundation."

Formerly the product of Cloud.com, which was acquired by Citrix in 2011, CloudStack was donated by Citrix to ASF and submitted to the Apache Incubator in April 2012. It is a well-established cloud management platform, already widely in production use by many organizations. It is used to deliver Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud computing in both private-cloud, public, and hybrid cloud environments. It has been proven to be both stable and highly scalable, underpinning production clouds more than 30,000 physical nodes, in geo-distributed environments.

Asked to comment on the importance of becoming a Top-Level Project, Childers added "CloudStack had the advantage of having many long-term, large deployments which had proven the stability and scalability of the technology. This helped us concentrate on adopting the 'Apache Way' of governance, which is well understood and open, delivering so many great pieces of software over the years."

"We know that Infrastructure-as-a-Service is the next generation of IT infrastructure, and that people will demand open standards and open governance for such an important layer in their IT stack. That is why the CloudStack project meeting the rigorous standards of ASF governance is so significant. "

When asked to comment on the Apache CloudStack community itself, Childers said: "we've managed to build a diverse, friendly and very open community around CloudStack. New members receive a really warm welcome and we make sure that all contributors are on an equal footing, whether they are writing code or helping with any other aspect of the project. Anybody thinking of getting involved in the project would quickly find what a great community we are. As well as online involvement, we've already had a global collaboration conference and there are many CloudStack groups established in many different countries. "

About Apache CloudStack

Apache CloudStack is a complete software suite for creating Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds. Target environments include service providers and enterprises. It is used by many service providers to set up an on-demand, elastic cloud computing services and by enterprises to set up a private cloud for use by their own employees. Apache CloudStack is also available to individuals and organizations that wish to study and implement an IaaS for personal, educational, and/or production use.

Further information on Apache CloudStack can be found at cloudstack.apache.org.

About Apache Software Foundation

The Apache Software Foundation, a US 501(3)(c) non-profit corporation, provides organizational, legal, and financial support for a broad range of over 140 open source software projects. The Foundation provides an established framework for intellectual property and financial contributions that simultaneously limits potential legal exposure for our project committers. Through a collaborative and meritocratic development process known as The Apache Way, Apache(tm) projects deliver enterprise-grade, freely available software products that attract large communities of users. The pragmatic Apache License makes it easy for all users, commercial and individual, to deploy Apache products.

The CloudStack Collaboration Conference schedule is now up! You can find it at:

http://collab12.cloudstack.org/schedule/

A big thank you to everyone who's submitted talks, and to David Nalley, Chip Childers, and John Kinsella for helping wade through the submissions. We were initially concerned about the quantity of submissions given the short run-up to the conference - but we were blown away by the quality *and* quantity of the submissions.

We'll be announcing keynotes shortly, and the evening events. A lot of really good stuff coming for the conference - I hope to see many of you there, you really don't want to miss it!