What the … you just gave away WSO2 Stratos?!

Yes we did!

Careful observers over in the Apache Software Foundation may have noticed the proposal to create an incubator group to work on what will become Apache Stratos (yes we are also donating the Stratos name.)  This week the project was accepted as an incubator project, which does not mean Apache Stratos is a full-fledged top-level project yet but the process of building a broad community to work on the project is well underway.

So what’s up with WSO2 Stratos?  Are we parking it at Apache while we focus elsewhere?  Is this the beginning of the end for Stratos?

Not at all!  The truth is exactly the opposite — we’re doubling down hard on Stratos, which evidence suggests has the potential to have a wider impact in the industry.  To do that we’ve released a new version that is more cleanly architected to support an ecosystem of vendors at all levels: IaaS providers, cloud automation and tooling plugins, and middleware vendors (more about the Stratos 2 launch here.)  Stratos was also recently recommended by SUSE as their preferred PaaS solution on top of SUSE Cloud.  Stratos has been gaining momentum!

But for Stratos to realize the potential of this momentum we know we have to double down not just on our efforts to build the best PaaS framework, but also on making it the most open.  We already of course are committed to a high degree of openness: the Apache 2.0 License, open development and architecture lists, and adopting the Apache process for allowing external committers to all our projects.  But we knew we could do more!

Moving the project over to the Apache Software Foundation makes it easier for other organizations and individuals to contribute to the project under the neutral and respected umbrella of Apache.  It raises the awareness of the project within the industry to attract new contributors.  And it puts the project closer to many established Apache projects that users would like to access within a PaaS framework.

By opening up the project and working together we can build a PaaS framework that can be used more broadly, which continues the virtuous cycle and ensures Stratos continues to reach for the clouds.

So what exactly are we donating?  The core Stratos PaaS framework, which includes the cloud controller which orchestrates VMs through jclouds using an underlying IaaS of your choice, the code that deploys the right middleware and tenant artifacts to the underlying VMs, the service monitor, and tenant-aware elastic load balancer.  In addition we’re contributing a set of core services for logging, billing, security, registry, messaging, as well as the cartridge framework which allows WSO2 and third-party runtimes to be plugged into the PaaS.  We’re donating the cartridges that wrap PHP, MySQL, and Tomcat as well.  WSO2 Carbon middleware cartridges will continue to be available for download from WSO2 under the Apache License.

I expect the project home page will be up shortly, and the mail archives at http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/incubator-stratos-dev/ are busy with organizational matters.  Come check it out and join the Stratos movement!

Jonathan Marsh, VP Business Development
blog: http://jonathanmarsh.net/blog

If you’re going to San Francisco…

…make sure its in October for WSO2Con US!

Following the success of WSO2Con London earlier in the year, we cross the Atlantic to bring you our popular user conference to San Francisco from the 29th to the 31st of October.

While Scott McKenzie sang about making sure to wear flowers in your hair in 1967, we encourage you to come join us for 3 days of  knowledge sharing, networking and great insights into WSO2.

Call for presentation is now open for end-user case studies, industry expert vision, and hands-on development guidance on the following topics :

  • Cloud-Native Platform-as-a-Service and developing Cloud-aware Applications
  • Using APIs to extend Apps and Services
  • Implementing Enterprise Integration Patterns, ESB best practices, and achieving integration agility
  • How to follow Practical SOA and establish effective SOA Governance
  • Empowering business owners with business process and business rule based systems
  • Making better business decisions with Complex Event Processing (CEP), Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), and Big Data analytics
  • Open source strategies, communities, and adoption practices
  • Embedding WSO2 middleware in OEM and ISV products

This is only  a sample of what you can submit. If you’ve done anything with WSO2, we’d love to hear about it!

For more on the submission guidelines and to send us your proposal please visit http://us13.wso2con.com/call-for-presentations

Hurry only 2 more weeks for the deadline!


– Hasmin Abdul Cader, Director of Communication at WSO2

WSO2 and SUSE: An Open Source Stack That Extends to the Cloud

On June 12th, WSO2 and SUSE announced an alliance that ensures that customers using SUSE and WSO2 technologies together have a seamless experience:

  • A recommended commercially supported, open source stack spanning from OS to middleware
  • Synchronized releases
  • Coordinated support
  • Reference architecture for cloud

We’re very excited to be working with SUSE, for a number of reasons, of which I’ll limit myself to just three:

1) The partnership provides a greater audience for WSO2 technology as an alternative to JBoss — including areas where we have products not available in the RedHat/JBoss platform (API Management, Governance, Business Activity Monitoring backed by Big Data technologies), areas where we think we have a demonstrably stronger or more innovative offering (Enterprise Service Bus, Identity Server), and areas where we believe our vision for solving the new enterprise challenges is worthy of consideration (componentized middleware, PaaS, DevOps, BigData, API management, Mobile.)  For a more detailed comparison of WSO2 and RedHat/JBoss platforms you might want to read Chris Haddad’s high-level comparison at http://blog.cobia.net/cobiacomm/2012/08/02/red-hat-enterprise-middleware-comparison-with-cloud-native-middleware/.

2) Alignment of cloud strategy.  SUSE has been a groundbreaker in launching an open source IaaS offering SUSE Cloud, based on OpenStack. We’re honored SUSE has chosen to recommend WSO2 Stratos as the preferred PaaS to use with SUSE Cloud.  Together we’ve published a WSO2-SUSE Cloud Reference Architecture to help people get started using these two technologies together to bring the advantages of private cloud to all levels of the stack.

3) SUSE and WSO2 are great matches on the culture front.  While SUSE has a longer history of powering enterprises than WSO2, our cultures of openness, innovation, and deep customer relationships make us natural allies.  Our customers have similar characteristics and distribution around the world.  And each of us is on a mission to compete aggressively for the #1 spot in our industries!

I can’t tell you how much I’ve personally enjoyed working with a broad set of the SUSE team and am certain we will continue to deepen our relationship over the coming years with the joint aim of increasing customer delight!

Jonathan Marsh, VP Business Development

New WSO2 API Manager Introduces 2 Industry Firsts

I’m excited to announce the newest release of the WSO2 API Manager as it introduces two industry firsts. Featuring full native multi-tenancy, The WSO2 API Manager is:

  • The first API management product that can run on servers, in a private cloud, public cloud or hybrid cloud environment—all from the same software.
  • The first API management product that enables federated access to APIs across multiple entities, enabling new models for organizations to collaborate and monetize APIs.

The 100% open source WSO2 API Manager offers an API Store, for IT organizations to set up their own Apple or Google Marketplace-like store where developers can easily subscribe to and consume APIs. And also provides API publishers with complete API lifecycle governance—from creating to publishing, deprecating and retiring APIs—as well as analytics and metrics to support decision-making and enforce service-level agreement (SLA) policies. Do download the latest version and let us know what you think.

You can also join Chris Haddad from WSO2 and guest presenter, API Evangelist Kin Lane, in a webinar next week as they talk about API branding strategies. They will discuss

  • Why you should create an API brand
  • What actions and presence influences API brand success
  • How to efficiently promote APIs through multiple branded API portals

I’m sure you would not want to miss out on this one!

– Sumedha Rubasinghe is a Senior Architect at WSO2 and leads the WSO2 API Manager team. He blogs at http://sumedha.blogspot.com