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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Falcon™ as a Top-Level Project
Date Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:55:10 GMT
>> this announcement is available online at http://s.apache.org/GT2

Open Source Big Data processing and management solution for Apache Hadoop™ in use at Hortonworks,
InMobi, and Talend, among others. 

Forest Hill, MD –19 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™ Falcon™ 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. 

Apache Falcon is a data processing and management solution for Apache Hadoop™, designed
for data motion, coordination of data pipelines, lifecycle management, and data discovery.
Falcon provides enterprises higher quality and predictable outcomes for their data by enabling
end consumers to quickly onboard their data and its associated processing and management tasks
on Hadoop clusters. The platform is successfully deployed across various industries, including
advertising, healthcare, mobile applications, software solutions, and technology. 

"Apache Falcon solves a very important and critical problem in the big data space. Graduation
to TLP marks an important step in progression of the project," said Srikanth Sundarrajan,
Vice President of Apache Falcon. "Falcon has a robust road map to ease the pain of application
developers and administrators alike in authoring and managing complex data management and
processing applications."

"Graduation of Apache Falcon's is a proud moment for the community who came together to solve
a very relevant problem of data processing and management in Hadoop ecosystem," said Mohit
Saxena, CTO and co-founder InMobi, one of the largest users of Apache Falcon. "I also want
to applaud the efforts of contributors, committers and user community who actively pitched
in the development of Falcon and it is only because of their conviction and efforts project
has graduated. I am hoping promotion of Falcon to TLP will increase the contribution and adoption
across the community and help Falcon achieve newer heights." 

Falcon represents a significant step forward in the Hadoop platform by enabling easy data
management. Users of Falcon platform simply define infrastructure endpoints, data sets and
processing rules declaratively. These declarative configurations are expressed in such a way
that the dependencies between these configured entities are explicitly described. This information
about inter-dependencies between various entities allows Falcon to orchestrate and manage
various data management functions. 

"Falcon has evolved over the last couple of years into a mature data management solution for
Apache Hadoop with many production deployments proving it to be very valuable for users to
manage their data and associated processing on Hadoop clusters," said Venkatesh Seetharam,
Apache Falcon Project Management Committee member. 

"As Hadoop usage patterns have matured, the highest value implementations are based on the
data lake concept. Data lakes require prescriptive and reliable pipelines," explained Greg
Pavlik, Vice President of Engineering at Hortonworks. "Apache Falcon represents the best and
most mature --and therefore essential-- building block for modeling, managing and operating
data lakes." 

"Falcon has enabled our team to incrementally build up a complex pipeline comprised of over
90 processes and 200 feeds that would have been very challenging with Apache Oozie alone,"
said programmer Michael Miklavcic. 

"I began to work on Falcon in my spare time for fun, but it quickly became interesting in
relation to my job at Talend", said Jean-Baptise Onofré, Vice President of Apache Karaf and
Software Architect at Talend. "As Talend DataIntegration provides features like CDC (Change
Data Capture), and data notification, we are in the process of integrating Apache Falcon in
Talend products." 

"Apache Falcon's graduation is a milestone for the project and a credit to its contributors.
Its open, collaborative development has effected a robust community around software essential
to the Hadoop ecosystem," said Chris Douglas, Falcon incubation mentor at the ASF. "By becoming
a Top-Level Project, the ASF recognizes its demonstrated ability to self-govern. Congratulations
to Falcon's users, to its contributors, and particularly to its new Project Management Committee
on this achievement." 

Availability and Oversight 
As with all Apache products, Apache Falcon 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 Falcon, visit
http://falcon.apache.org/ and @ApacheFalcon 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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"Apache Oozie", "Oozie", "ApacheCon", and the Apache Falcon logo are trademarks of The Apache
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