We are pleased to support today’s announcement from Citrix that they have contributed CloudStack to the Apache community. For those new to CloudStack, it is an open source cloud computing software that helps organizations build and manage cloud infrastructures. It is similar to Amazon Web Services EC2 environment except that it enables organizations to build public, private or hybrid cloud environments using their own pooled computing resources.
Citrix announced today that they were reaffirming their commitment to open source by working with the Apache Software Foundation to make CloudStack 3 an Apache project, released under Apache Software License 2.0. This is yet further acknowledgement that Apache is the logical home for open source projects that are transforming the enterprise software industry. As a Gold Sponsor of the ASF and major contributor to Apache projects, Hortonworks is pleased that leading vendors such as Citrix are recognizing the value that Apache can provide in terms of accelerating development and innovation and driving adoption as the preferred destination for enterprise-class open source software.
Today’s announcement also highlights the great synergies between CloudStack and Apache Hadoop. As the first cloud platform in the industry to join the ASF, CloudStack becomes the logical cloud choice for organizations that prefer an open source option for their cloud and big data infrastructure. Hortonworks is excited to work with the CloudStack project team to identify opportunities where Hadoop components can be used to back Cloud APIs and also where Cloud APIs can be used to deploy Hadoop.
Today marks a win for the Apache Software Foundation, CloudStack, Apache Hadoop and Hortonworks. The leading open source cloud community with more than 30,000 active members today joins forces with the Apache Software Foundation. This announcement is also further validation that Apache projects are the right place for developing software for enterprise grade platforms to meet the demanding cloud and Big Data needs of the enterprise.