Apache jclouds 2.0, a Java Multi-Cloud Toolkit, Arrives
Over the past several months, we've taken note of the many open source projects that the Apache Software Foundation has been elevating to Top-Level Status. The organization incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, and has squarely turned its focus to data-centric and developer-focused tools in recent months. As Apache moves these projects to Top-Level Status, they gain valuable community support.
Apache also incubates a number of interesting cloud-centric projects. Now, it has announced the availability of Apache jclouds v2.0, which is a Java multi-cloud toolkit.
Apache jclouds lets users create applications that are portable across clouds while providing control of cloud-specific features. As a cloud-agnostic library, jclouds enables developers to work with a variety of supported cloud providers using one API.
"Apache jclouds 2.0 represents a significant milestone for the project" said Ignasi Barrera, Vice President of Apache jclouds. "We are proud to support all major cloud providers in the marketplace with a mature, stable, codebase that is ready for production."
The jclouds project entered the Apache Incubator in April 2013 and graduated as a Top-Level Project (TLP) in October of the same year. The Apache jclouds 2.0 release is the 11th release as a TLP and the consolidation of the project, with more than 13K commits (1K in the last release) made by more than 250 contributors (35 new last year).
Who uses jclouds? A number of organizations do. It's used by Abiquo, Adobe, CloudBees, Cloudify, Cloudsoft, Mesosphere, and RedHat, among many others. In addition, jclouds is supported by cloud companies and communities such as Amazon Web Services, Backblaze B2, Apache CloudStack, Docker, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, Rackspace, and many more.
Abiquo, as the creator of the leading commercial cloud management platform, relies on jclouds to give our customers the agility they need," said Ian Finlay, CEO of Abiquo. "Using jclouds and our plugin architecture we have been able to deliver support for new cloud providers and features demanded by our customers in days or weeks rather than months. This approach ensures that our service provider and enterprise customers can bring together the cloud providers they need to deliver a great hybrid cloud solution to their customers."
Apache jclouds 2.0 features include:
Wider compatibility with the Guava and Guice libraries.
Configuration of arbitrary hardware values in the compute abstraction.
Support for new cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure Resource Manager, ProfitBricks v3, OneAndOne and Backblaze B2.
Better integration with OSGi and Apache Karaf.
Numerous bug fixes and performance improvements.
For downloads, release notes, documentation, and more information on Apache jclouds, visit http://jclouds.apache.org/
Interested in more recently advanced projects from Apache?
Here is a sampling from recent months:
Allura. According to the Allura project page, new features include an Admin Nav Bar, which is a an improvement on how users customize the tools of a project. There is also a new interface. Apache encourages users to read an admin toolbar post to see how easy it is to access tool configurations and add new tools with Allura.
Brooklyn. The foundation announced that Apache Brooklyn is now 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." Brooklyn is an application blueprint and management platform used for integrating services across multiple data centers as well as and a wide range of software in the cloud.
According to the Brooklyn announcement:
"With modern applications being composed of many components, and increasing interest in micro-services architecture, the deployment and ongoing evolution of deployed apps is an increasingly difficult problem. Apache Brooklyn’s blueprints provide a clear, concise way to model an application, its components and their configuration, and the relationships between components, before deploying to public Cloud or private infrastructure. Policy-based management, built on the foundation of autonomic computing theory, continually evaluates the running application and makes modifications to it to keep it healthy and optimize for metrics such as cost and responsiveness."
Brooklyn is in use at some notable organizations. Cloud service providers Canopy and Virtustream have created product offerings built on Brooklyn. IBM has also made extensive use of Apache Brooklyn in order to migrate large workloads from AWS to IBM Softlayer.
Kylin. Meanwhile, the foundation has also just announced that Apache Kylin, an open source big data project born at eBay, has graduated to Top-Level status. Kylin is an open source Distributed Analytics Engine designed to provide an SQL interface and multi-dimensional analysis (OLAP) on Apache Hadoop, supporting extremely large datasets. It is widely used at eBay and at a few other organizations.
"Apache Kylin's incubation journey has demonstrated the value of Open Source governance at ASF and the power of building an open-source community and ecosystem around the project," said Luke Han, Vice President of Apache Kylin. "Our community is engaging the world's biggest local developer community in alignment with the Apache Way."
As an OLAP-on-Hadoop solution, Apache Kylin aims to fill the gap between Big Data exploration and human use, "enabling interactive analysis on massive datasets with sub-second latency for analysts, end users, developers, and data enthusiasts," according to developers. "Apache Kylin brings back business intelligence (BI) to Apache Hadoop to unleash the value of Big Data," they added.
Lens. Apache recently announced that Apache Lens, an open source Big Data and analytics tool, has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP).
According to the announcement:
"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."
"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 management."
"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."
Ignite. The ASF has announced that Apache Ignite is to become a top-level project. It's an open source effort to build an in-memory data fabric that was driven by GridGain Systems and WANdisco.
Apache Ignite is a high-performance, integrated and distributed In-Memory Data Fabric for computing and transacting on large-scale data sets in real-time, "orders of magnitude faster than possible with traditional disk-based or flash technologies," according to Apache. It is designed to easily power both existing and new applications in a distributed, massively parallel architecture on affordable, industry-standard hardware.
Tajo. Apache Tajo v0.11.0, an advanced open source data warehousing system in Apache Hadoop, is another new Top-Level project. Apache claims that Tajo provides the ability to rapidly extract more intelligence fro Hadoop deployments, third party databases, and commercial business intelligence tools.
And of course, Spark and other previously announced Big Data tools overseen by Apache are flourishing. Look for many more data- and developer-focused tools to move forward at Apache in the months to come.