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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Lens™ as a Top-Level Project
Date Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:55:56 GMT
>> this announcement is available online at http://s.apache.org/ACl
Open Source Big Data platform seamlessly enables unified, multi-dimensional queries across
multiple data stores. 

Forest Hill, MD –26 August 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™ Lens™ 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 Lens is a Unified Analytics platform. It provides an optimal execution environment
for analytical queries in the unified view. Apache Lens aims to cut the Data Analytics silos
by providing a single view of data across multiple tiered data stores. 

"Incubating Apache Lens has been an amazing experience at the ASF," said Amareshwari Sriramadasu,
Vice President of Apache Lens. "Apache Lens solves a very critical problem in Big Data analytics
space with respect to end users. It enables business users, analysts, data scientists, developers
and other users to do complex analysis with ease, without knowing the underlying data layout."

"Apache Lens is a fantastic project that enables simplified access to Big Data analytics,"
said Sharad Agarwal, member of the Apache Lens PMC. "I am very proud and thrilled to see it
graduate as a Top-Level Apache project, and, being involved with the project since its inception,
it's exciting to see its community grow." 

By providing an online analytical processing (OLAP) model on top of data, Lens seamlessly
integrates Apache Hadoop with traditional data warehouses to appear as one. It also provides
query history and statistics for queries running in the system along with query life cycle

"The query service for our data platform is built on top of Apache Lens," said Gaurav Bhalotia,
Vice President of Data Platform at Flipkart. "Lens gives us a powerful and simple abstraction
to query data consistently across tiers and storage stacks. We at Flipkart are very excited
to see it added as a Top-Level Apache project." 

"I am really thrilled to see Lens graduating so soon after getting incubated in ASF," said
Mohit Saxena, Founder and CTO of InMobi. "Lens is really a perfect example how technology
can be leveraged to remove complexity of traditional analytical platforms and provide a simple
abstraction for end user. Earlier our reporting and data retrieval system were married to
a compute and even storage engine and user had to juggle for results, Hence the need of something
like Lens arises and I am so proud that lens has solved a big problem where user can simply
use one query layer at the top while lens does all heavy lifting below it and I simply hope
this is just the beginning and it will only thrive with the help of vibrant Apache community.
God speed." 

"Apache Lens has been a truly stellar example of what an incubating project should be," said
Jakob Homan, ASF Member and Apache Lens Project Mentor. "It's grown very quickly and will
be a tremendously useful part of the Apache Big Data ecosystem." 

Catch Apache Lens in action at Apache: Big Data Europe on 29 September 2015 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-europe/

Availability and Oversight 
Apache Lens 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
downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache Lens, visit http://lens.apache.org/
and https://twitter.com/ApacheLens 

About the Apache Incubator 
The Apache Incubator is the entry path for projects and codebases wishing to become part of
the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation. All code donations from external organizations
and existing external projects wishing to join the ASF enter through the Incubator to: 1)
ensure all donations are in accordance with the ASF legal standards; and 2) develop new communities
that adhere to our guiding principles. Incubation is required of all newly accepted projects
until a further review indicates that the infrastructure, communications, and decision making
process have stabilized in a manner consistent with other successful ASF projects. While incubation
status is not necessarily a reflection of the completeness or stability of the code, it does
indicate that the project has yet to be fully endorsed by the ASF. For more information, visit

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 550 individual Members
and 4,700 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 Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook,
Google, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal,
Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow
@TheASF on Twitter. 

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