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CloudStack Now a Top-Level Apache Program

CloudStack now has more contributors than just Citrix engineers

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has made CloudStack, which it took in as an incubator project a year ago, a Top-Level Program (TLP).

That's supposed to mean that Citrix, which donated the IaaS OpenStack rival to Apache after acquiring it from Cloud.com in 2011, doesn't have much, if any, control over it although it offers a commercial version of the widgetry.

CloudStack now has more contributors than just Citrix engineers and can support more than 30,000 nodes spread over different locations. Its next 4.1 release is supposed to let the stuff split a cloud deployment across multiple regions à la Amazon, make management easier and use Amazon S3 for secondary storage.

It's used by such as companies as GoDaddy and SoftLayer, which has reportedly attracted the acquisitive attention of both IBM and EMC lately.

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