The Apache Software Foundation is one of the leading non-profit organizations that supports the development of major open source software — including such well-known projects as Hadoop, Spark, Cassandra, CouchDB, HBase, Lucene, Kafka, Mesos, and many more.
To become a Top Level Project under the Apache Software Foundation, an open source software project must have not only a global user base and unique capabilities, but also broad community support and a period of incubation, during which time its committers receive guidance and mentorship from existing Apache communities. Committers and users of Apache-backed open source software, regardless of its stage of maturity, gather annually at ApacheCon North America, which was held this year in Vancouver, BC.
IBM® has had a major presence at this event since the first ApacheCon in Orlando in 2000, and this year’s conference, held the week of May 9, was no exception. Since that first event, the landscape of the Apache Software Foundation has changed dramatically — growing from a single project (Apache Web Server) to more than 350 open source projects encompassing Big Data, mobile development, web services, and more.
The New Builders podcast covers ApacheCon
Notably, this was the second year in which the new Apache Big Data event was colocated with ApacheCon North America, occurring right before it in the same location (the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver). My colleague (and cohost) Jim Young and I were part of a group from IBM Cloud Data Services who attended both events. And while onsite, we were lucky enough to conduct interviews with a variety of attendees, presenters, and keynote speakers.
- Rich Bowen: Executive VP, Apache Software Foundation
- John Mertic: Director, ODPi
- Sam Ramji: CEO, Cloud Foundry
- Aldrin Piri: PMC, Apache NiFi
- Bradley Holt: Developer Advocate, IBM Cloud Data Services
- Anshum Gupta: PMC, Apache Lucene and Apache Solr
Listen to the podcasts, and you’ll get a sense for the pure diversity among various Apache communities, which are united by a high level of engagement, dedication, and cooperation.
The New Builders Ep. 5: Apache Big Data & ApacheCon Roundup, (Semi-)Live from Vancouver
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The New Builders Ep. 6: Apache Big Data & ApacheCon Roundup, Pt. 2 – Inside 3 Apache Projects
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Open source: A “positive sum game”
As pointed out by Apache Software Foundation Executive VP, Rich Bowen, the sessions and workshops at this year’s Apache Big Data and ApacheCon showed an increasing emphasis on solutions that feature multiple Apache projects — and even multiple vendors — rather than a single Apache project, as was common in years past.
Many keynotes — including those of Cloud Foundry CEO Sam Ramji, ODPi’s John Mertic, and IBM’s Todd Moore — focused on the need for cooperation, standards, and governance in open source projects. The notion is that — per the title of Sam Ramji’s keynote — open source is a “positive sum game” in which all participants, contributors, and vendors should benefit from freely available technology.
There are at least 60,000 IBMers who agree and actually commit to Apache open source projects! IBM also has its own active open source projects, many of which you can find on developerWorks Open. The developer advocacy group here at IBM Cloud Data Services has contributed to this effort with open source projects like the Simple Data Pipe and Simple Search Service. Both of these projects have GitHub repositories where you can get involved today.
We’re looking forward to the next ApacheCon (and Apache Big Data) North America to continue to watch the growth of open source across and between communities, contributors, and vendors. See you then!
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