Apache joins the pack

Apache looks to the cloud with Deltacloud gaining Top Level Project status

Chris Mayer
Deltacloud

Looks like we’ve got another contender in the clouds – Apache drives API management project Deltacloud forward

The race for cloud supremacy appears to be well and truly on, as
yet another name joins a densely packed field, hopefully to make
sense of the noise. This time it’s the Apache Software Foundation
broadening their cloud horizons, approving Deltacloud as a Top
Level Apache Project.

Originally developed and then donated in August 2010 by Red Hat,
Deltacloud differs from the rest offering a definition
for a REST API for interacting with cloud service providers to the
open source community, meaning that many more can embrace a variety
of cloud innovators under one roof. Apache initially promoted it
from the incubator back in October, but only now has a public face
appeared. Perhaps Apache were biding their time to announce their
cloud push or it could be the more likely reason is that it took
time migrate infrastructure over.

Deltacloud also
includes a number of implementations of this API for the
most popular Clouds such as Amazon, Eucalyptus, GoGrid, IBM,
Microsoft, OpenStack, Rackspace, and more. In addition to the API
server, the project also provides client libraries for a wide
variety of languages such as Ruby, C and C++

“We are thrilled to
have the project’s growth and maturity recognized by The Apache
Software Foundation,” said David Lutterkort, Chair of the Apache
Deltacloud Project Management Committee and Principal Software
Engineer at Red Hat. “Deltacloud has shown the value of
vendor-neutral cloud management API’s, and we are excited that, as
an Apache Top-Level Project, we will continue to provide choice to
cloud users; graduation is a great milestone for our
community.”

CTO of jclouds at Cloudsoft, Adrian Cole added:
Deltacloud delivers an elegant REST API,
focused on exposing the differences between cloud services. jclouds
and Deltacloud have a strong history together, starting with
collaborating on abstraction design in 2009, spiking with our
interface to Deltacloud released last year. I’m excited to see
Deltacloud’s graduation, and looking forward to more shared code
this year.”

This is an exciting move from
Apache, as Deltacloud joins already established Apache projects
like Hadoop and Tomcat; in fact this is the second cloud API
management project to gain top billing after Libcloud, a Python
library. 

It’s going to be
interesting seeing if it gains as much popularity and can
organically grow a community, but also to see where it fits in with
its bedfellows. There doesn’t seem to be a day where there isn’t a
new cloud solution and differentiating the cloud providers in a
simple API is certainly a shrewd move.

The forecast is looking
cloudy, with a chance of bright spells later on.

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