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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: August-October 2015
Date Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16:06:13 GMT
>> this announcement is available online at http://s.apache.org/M0R 

Second Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (August-October 2015) 

"From the Apache HTTP Server to Apache Spark, via Apache Hadoop, Apache Geronimo and Apache
CloudStack and almost 150 other projects, the Apache Software Foundation has set the standard
for modern application and infrastructure software as well as the open source collaborative
processes through which it is developed." --Matt Aslett, research director, 451 Research 

> President's Statement: Another quarter of growth for the ASF in almost every respect.
We welcomed a number of new sponsors, organizations and individuals we remain deeply grateful
to. Without these "no strings attached" sponsorships we would not be able to provide the vendor
neutral collaboration space we create for our communities. Talking of money and sponsorship,
did you know that from May to October this year we spent a few cents over $2,035 per project,
at that spend rate we will spend a shade over $4,000 per project for the full year. Where
else can you find software that changes the world for such a low overhead cost? 

We manage to achieve this through our unique governance approach which rewards those who invest
time and resources into our projects. For Apache cash (and the things cash can buy) is not
what builds viable open source communities. At the ASF the creation and management of a vendor
neutral space is the key. Over the last 20+ years our model has proven successful time and
time again. That vendor neutral space enables communities of collaborating software developers
to flourish, even where those individual developers are gainfully employed by competing organizations.

It is our sponsors who give us the freedom to create this space, it is our volunteers who
create the communities and code within that space. We salute them all. 

Talking of communities, during the last quarter, we gradated 5 incubator communities to Top
Level status: 

- Apache Ignite - High-performance, integrated and distributed in-memory platform for computing
and transacting on large-scale data sets in real-time 
- Apache Lens – A unified analytics platform 
- Apache Serf - high performance C-based HTTP client library built upon the Apache Portable
Runtime (APR) library 
- Apache Usergrid - The BaaS Framework you run 
- Apache Yetus - A collection of libraries and tools that enable contribution and release
processes for software projects. 

We also had the honor of welcoming 5 new communities into our Incubator: 

- Apex - an enterprise grade native YARN big data-in-motion platform that unifies stream processing
as well as batch processing 
- HAWQ – an advanced enterprise SQL on Hadoop analytic engine built around a robust and
high-performance massively-parallel processing (MPP) SQL framework 
- MADLib - Big Data Machine Learning in SQL for Data Scientists 
- Rya – a cloud-based RDF triple store that supports SPARQL queries 
- Unomi - reference implementation of the OASIS Context Server specification 

This brings the total of communities in the ASF to 171 Top Level Project communities and 44
Incubating communities. For more information on our projects see the Apache Projects Directory

We've also had a busy quarter with respect to events. ApacheCon Europe was joined by the inaugural
Apache Big Data Europe in Budapest (thanks to the Linux Foundation who produce these events
for us) while ApacheCon Roadshow returned to China for the first time since 2011 (thanks to
KAIYUANSHE for producing this one). There have been far too many meetups around the world
for us to list here, but we have a page showing the next two weeks worth of Apache related
meetups (http://www.apache.org/events/meetups.html; updated weekly). Our Travel Assistance
Committee helped a good number of people attend the event, an initiative that helps to ensure
those not normally able to afford travel and conference tickets to engage directly with our
communities – again we must thank our sponsors for their support of this work. 

Finally, the Call For Papers for both Apache BigData NA (http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america/program/cfp)
and ApacheCon Core NA (http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp)
is now open. Please send us your proposals. 

> Community and Events: ApacheCon EU took place in Budapest in October. This was the first
time we split the event into two components, one with a Big Data focus, the other with an
Apache Community focus. Combined attendance was over 600 a number kept artificially low by
the political situation in the region at this time. Nevertheless, the events were a great
success and we are repeated the dual conference approach for ApacheCon North America May 2016
(see http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america and http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-core-north-america
for CFP and registration details) 

For the first time Apache will have official representation at FOSDEM in Belgium, Jan 2016.
We look forward to meeting you there. 

Travel Assistance for our conferences is another area that received focus this quarter. Since
we partnered with the Linux Foundation to produce the Apache Con events we have been able
to work with the Linux Foundation to extend support to more people by combining the Linux
Foundations and our own assistance programs. We've worked to simplify the process of applying
for support and look forward to supporting more people in their journey to ApacheCon in 2016
and onwards. 

> Committers: One of the key roles of the ASF Secretary's office is to ensure that new
committers have their paperwork processed quickly so that they can get on with writing great
code within our projects. During the initial stages of contribution there is no need for any
paperwork, however, once an individual is granted write access to our repositories they must
submit an Individual Contributor License Agreement. This is a good measure of the growth of
our foundation in terms of the number of active committers we have. 

In this quarter the Secretary processed 237 ICLAs. That's 237 more people with direct write
access to one or more of our projects. These individuals join the thousands of existing committers
who accept and process contributions from even more thousands of contributing individuals.
The activity of these committers and the community of contributors they serve can be seen
at http://status.apache.org/#commits 

> Brand Management: The brand management team continues to work on educational materials
to help promote our many Apache project brands, as well as showing our volunteer communities
effective ways to police third party use of Apache project brands.  We now have a detailed
list of trademark and branding resources available for our communities as well as vendors
who work with Apache projects: http://www.apache.org/foundation/marks/resources 

Along with presenting on trademark basics at ApacheCon conferences, Shane Curcuru, our VP
of Brand Management, was invited to speak on a panel discussion about community owned trademarks
at Columbia Law School, at SFLC's annual conference.  Improving awareness of the importance
of trademarks to our communities as well as to the Foundation is critical in ensuring long-lived
and widely-contributed to software projects. 

We are also continuing to seek US trademark registrations for projects that ask for one, as
well as improving our ability to register selected Apache project brands in other countries
with our limited budget. 

> Infrastructure: During this quarter, the main focus (outside of keeping our services
running) has been on improving logging and reporting from our systems. In August we reported
that we had a "decent baseline of metrics". These monitoring tools are now driving an increased
awareness of the performance of our core services, allowing us to focus on areas of pain for
our projects. Having said that, as can be seen from the uptime graph below, our service stability
has been increasing for some time, and continue to do so. We are very proud of ensuring our
projects have a reliable infrastructure on which to collaborate. 

[please refer to image at https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/mediaresource/09822d33-73a6-44bd-b764-952ae9f7f5f2

For some time now we have been focusing on automating the configuration of our machine in
order to allow us to more easily recover from hardware failures and to perform updates. During
this quarter we saw what was probably the best example of how our monitoring and automation
work is paying off. In August, we lost an LDAP server. This this caused a number of services
to cease being useful. Our alerting detected the problem in a timely manner, our infra team
were alerted and, thanks to our resilient architecture and configuration management, we were
able to provision a new host and have it working again within 12 minutes. A 12 minute Mean-Time-to-Recovery
is a stunning statistic that we are very proud to report. 

We experienced a DDoS attack on our download mirror redirection CGI script – a script that
redirects users who click a download link to their geographically nearest mirror. This took
around 12 hours to fully resolve. The resolution included a complete rewrite of the redirection
script, which has resulted in a much more efficient process. 

In terms of service improvement we have been working on revamping our Mail archive infrastructure.
This will provide both a more efficient processing of the huge amounts of mail traffic our
projects generate as well as presenting a more useful user interface for the archives. At
this time we are focusing on proof of concept work and expect to be moving to production soon.

A complete view of the status of our infrastructure, with uptime graphs, can always be viewed
at http://status.apache.org/ 

> Financial Statement: 

[please refer to the image at https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/mediaresource/91325e5c-3e14-497c-aefb-56ddf19051ff

> Fundraising: The ASF thanks its sponsors for their continued support. Hadrian Zbarcea
and Jim Jagielski, our VPs of Fundraising, continued our outreach activities and maintain
open communication channels with our sponsors. This quarter we added one new silver sponsor:
Private Internet Access. We also have an open dialog with a few other organization who expressed
interest in sponsoring the ASF. 

Currently we are enjoying the support of the following sponsors: 

- 8 Platinum Sponsors: Citrix, Cloudera, Facebook, Google, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal,
and Yahoo 
- 6 Gold Sponsors: Bloomberg, Comcast, Hewlett Packard,  Hortonworks, IBM, and PhoenixNAP

- 10 Silver Sponsors: Budget Direct, Cerner, Huawei, InMotion Hosting, iSIGMA, Private Internet
Access, Produban, Red Hat Software, Serenata Flowers, and WANDisco 
- 7 Bronze Sponsors: Accor, Basis Technology, Bluehost, Cloudsoft Corporation, Samsung, Talend,
and Twitter 
- 11 Infrastructure Sponsors: OSU Open Source Labs, No-IP, Symantec, Rackspace, Ping My Box,
PagerDuty, Bintray, SURFnet, Sonatype, Freie Universitat Berlin, and HotWax Systems 

Fundraising is a very important activity for the ASF. The ASF experiences steady growth. Every
month there are new promising projects entering the Apache Incubator as well as maturing ones
that exit the Incubator to become Top-Level Projects. We rely on our sponsors' generous help
for smooth operation, especially for infrastructure which is our main cost center. 

We want to use this opportunity to express again our gratitude to our sponsors for being part
of our journey. 

# # # 

Report prepared by Sally Khudairi, Vice President Marketing & Publicity, with contributions
by ASF President Ross Gardler; Shane Curcuru, Vice President Brand Management; Chris Mattmann,
ASF Treasurer, and Tom Pappas, Vice President, Finance & Accounting at Virtual, Inc.;
and Hadrian Zbarcea, co-Vice President of Fundraising.
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the ASF Blog at http://blogs.apache.org/, and the @TheASF feed on Twitter. 
(c) The Apache Software Foundation 2015 

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