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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Samza™ as a Top-Level Project
Date Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:00:56 GMT
>> this announcement is available online at http://s.apache.org/8pU

Open Source Big Data distributed stream processing framework used in business intelligence,
financial services, healthcare, mobile applications, security, and software development, among
other industries. 

Forest Hill, MD –27 January 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™ Samza™ 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. 

"The incubation process at Apache has been great. It has helped us cultivate a strong community,
and provided us with the support and infrastructure to make Samza grow," said Chris Riccomini,
Vice President of Apache Samza. 

Apache Samza is a distributed stream processing framework, designed to handle fault tolerance,
stateful processing, message durability, and scalability. Samza helps users to write light-weight
processors that consume streams of data from messaging systems such as Apache Kafka. These
processors empower organizations to understand and react to their data in real-time. In addition,
Samza uses Apache Hadoop YARN to provide fault tolerance, processor isolation, security, and
resource management. 

Samza represents a different approach to stream processing. It has been purpose-built first
and foremost as a production-grade system with operability and scalability in mind. Samza
integrates tightly with Apache Kafka, which makes it a natural fit to those already running
Kafka in their data pipeline. The framework also introduces the concept of stateful processing
and aggregation as a first-class feature. Stateful processing gives Samza developers a completely
new paradigm for aggregating stream data. These features help organizations do high performance
stream processing at scale. 

Created to process tracking data, service log data, and for data ingestion pipelines for realtime
services, Samza originated at LinkedIn, and was submitted to the Apache Incubator in July

"LinkedIn is thrilled to see Apache Samza experience such strong adoption and now graduate
to a Top-Level Project. Samza was developed to help solve some of LinkedIn's  toughest stream
processing challenges and has become a central piece of our infrastructure," said Kevin Scott,
Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations at LinkedIn. 

Apache Samza is used in an array of industries, applications, and organizations, including:

- DoubleDutch, developers of mobile apps for events and conferences, uses Samza to power their
analytics platform and stream data live into an event dashboard for real-time insights; 

- Forstcales' Big Data security analytics solutions use Samza to processes security events
log as part of the data ingestion pipelines and on-line machine learning models creation process;

- Happy Pancake, Northern Europe's largest internet dating service, uses Samza for all event
handlers and data replication; 

- Advertising technology provider Improve Digital uses Samza as the foundation of a realtime
processing capability performing data analytics and as the basis for an alerting system; 

- Jack Henry & Associates uses Samza to process user activity data across its Banno suite
of products for financial institutions; 

- MobileAware uses Samza as a foundation for two mobile network products: real time analytics
and multi channel notification (push, text message and HTML5); 

- Technology startup Project Florida uses Samza for real-time monitoring of data streams from
wearable sensors, for preventative healthcare purposes; 

- Quantiply, providers of Cloud-based micro-applications, uses Samza to bring together user
event, system performance, and business operational data for real-time visibility and decision
support; and 

- Social media business intelligence solution VinTank uses Samza to power their analysis and
natural language processing (NLP) pipeline. 

"We've had great experiences with Samza at Improve Digital where it has enabled us to  build
out our streaming data platform," said Garry Turkington, CTO of Improve Digital. "It's fantastic
to see it graduate to a top-level project." 

Jay Kreps, CEO of Confluent, said "Samza is a fantastic piece of infrastructure, and a great
complement to Apache Kafka. We at Confluent are really excited to see it added as a top-level
Apache project." 

"Fortscale has been using Apache Samza successfully to build online machine learning algorithms
and detect insider threats," said Dotan Patrich, Software Architect at Fortscale. "It's been
a great experience building large scale streaming solution and using Samza's and enjoying
it's unique state management architecture. It's fantastic to see it graduate to a Top-Level

"I've been involved in Apache Samza's community since its inception. It's been thrilling to
watch the community grow, and I'm very proud and excited to see that the project is graduating.
Samza has a bright future, and I'm looking forward to what's to come," added Riccomini. 

Availability and Oversight 
As with all Apache products, Apache Samza 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 documentation and ways to become involved with Apache Samza, visit
http://samza.apache.org/ and @SamzaStream on Twitter. 

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 500 individual Members
and 4,500 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 Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks,
HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco,
and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow https://twitter.com/TheASF.

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