Apache Deltacloud Graduates To Top-Level Project

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Apache’s Deltacloud cloud interoperability toolkit has graduated from incubator status to a top-level project

The Apache Software Foundation’s (ASF) Deltacloud interoperability toolkit has emerged from the Apache Incubator to now officially become a Top-Level Project (TLP).

Apache Deltacloud defines a RESTful Web service API for interacting with cloud service providers and resources in those clouds in a unified manner.

It also consists of a number of implementations of this API for the most popular cloud computing environments, such as Amazon, Eucalyptus, GoGrid, IBM, Microsoft, OpenStack, Rackspace and more. In addition to the API server, the project also provides client libraries for a wide variety of languages.

Project Recognition

“We are thrilled to have the project’s growth and maturity recognised by The Apache Software Foundation,” David Lutterkort, chair of the Apache Deltacloud Project Management Committee (PMC) and principal software engineer at Red Hat, said in a statement. “Deltacloud has shown the value of vendor-neutral cloud management API’s, and we are excited about that. As an Apache Top-Level Project, we will continue to provide choice to cloud users; graduation is a great milestone for our community.”

Initially proposed for development within the ASF by Lutterkort in May 2010, Deltacloud was seeded with code developed by Red Hat. Since then, the project has continued to innovate by expanding both its committer base and the diversity of clouds it can manage.

“Ubiquity between clouds will be critical in the coming years, and Deltacloud enables developers to only have to code toward one API,” Mark Worsey, CIO and executive vice president of technology at GoGrid, said in a statement. “At GoGrid, we feel it is extremely important to continue openness within the cloud community and provide APIs that are accessible, useful and adopted by other third-party libraries like Deltacloud.”

“Deltacloud is another example of how open-source development continues to drive cloud innovation and development,” said Tim Cramer, vice president of engineering at Eucalyptus Systems.

Elegant API

“Deltacloud delivers an elegant REST API, focused on exposing the differences between cloud services,” said Adrian Cole, founder of jclouds.org and CTO of jclouds at CloudSoft. jclouds and Deltacloud have a strong history together, starting with collaborating on abstraction design in 2009, spiking with our interface to Deltacloud released last year. I’m excited to see Deltacloud’s graduation, and looking forward to more shared code this year.”

Apache Deltacloud software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the project’s day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. Apache Deltacloud source code, documentation, mailing lists and related resources are available here.

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