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From Zack Shoylev <zack.shoy...@RACKSPACE.COM>
Subject RE: A Big Hairy Goal for jclouds 2.0
Date Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:52:46 GMT
Part of this at least should go to the user list (as a start)!

From: Andrew Phillips [andrewp@apache.org]
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2014 4:56 PM
To: dev@jclouds.apache.org
Subject: A Big Hairy Goal for jclouds 2.0

Hi all

We've recently seen a number of tricky but necessary technical
discussions around jclouds (e.g. [1], [2], [3]), which I think
highlight what the community already knows: for jclouds to continue to
be relevant and useful, we have some key challenges to address and
decisions to take. In order to hopefully help us make the best choices
we can, I'd like to take a step back and belatedly kick off this
second year of jclouds as an Apache TLP with some thoughts on who we
are and what the mission of this project is.

I'd like to start by noting that jclouds calls itself "the Java
multi-cloud toolkit." What that means for jclouds for the next version
and in the short term is being discussed in [1]. In order to find the
right direction for the future of jclouds, however, I think we really
need to focus on discovering what being a "multi-cloud toolkit" even
*means* in the face of some pretty big changes in cloud usage?

Here, in my view, we need to focus heavily on our users. What are they
missing in jclouds? What are their upcoming (cloud) challenges? Is
jclouds relevant to those challenges and, if not, why not? Are they
even talking about jclouds? I strongly believe that only by engaging
much more actively with our users and getting a better understanding
of these questions will we ensure that jclouds remains an active,
useful and relevant part of the JVM developer's cloud toolkit.

So my main appeal to us all at this point is *be vocal*. If you are a
jclouds user, tell us what you want to see added to or improved about
jclouds. If you are a jclouds dev or PMC member, reach out to all the
jclouds users you know and encourage them to give their input. More
than anything else, *our users* are jclouds...without their continued
interest, none of the ongoing discussions referenced above matter.

So, in parallel to work on the next version, I would like to suggest
that we kick off a drive to gather as much user input on what our
users want from jclouds as possible. Blogs, meetups, Twitter,
Hangouts, personal conversations...whatever you think works best.

Let's make jclouds 2.0 becomes the toolkit our users want for
*tomorrow's* cloud coding, not just yesterday's!



[1] http://markmail.org/thread/zvsytdvzfeg4w2zi
[2] http://markmail.org/message/32caqbdq5lwadgzg
[3] http://markmail.org/thread/gggegb2gfyz3jmct

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