Now after three years of effort, Deltacloud has finally hit its 1.0 release. A 1.0 release is usually a major milestone signifying that an open source project is mature and ready for consumption. In Deltacloud’s case, the effort has already been deployed and integrated into Red Hat’s commercial CloudForms effort that officially launched in June.
“We could have probably gone 1.0 much earlier,” David Lutterkort, Chair of the Apache Deltacloud Project Management Committee and Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat, told ServerWatch.
Red Hat is no stranger to running open source efforts, though running Deltacloud as an Apache project has a number of benefits. Lutterkort explained that since Deltacloud is written in Ruby, the Red Hat community jboss.org development site wouldn’t have been a good fit for it anyway.
“Apache helped us a lot in making it clear that this is not just a Red Hat effort,” Lutterkort said. “The ASF model makes it very clear to anybody looking at Deltacloud how the project is governed, how direction is set, and how people can get involved and recognized for their contributions.”