February 2014 Newsletter

[OW2 Newsletter - February 2014 - From the OW2 Management Office]

Dear OW2 Members, dear All,

OW2 is at a crossroads. The consortium is in a typical crossing-the-chasm situation and will not continue as it is today unless new support is secured before next month. The OW2 Management Office and the Board of Directors are engaged in a 90-day plan to obtain this critical strategic support, which includes signing new strategic members, securing donations, developing in-kind contributions, etc.

Fortunately, OW2 is in a unique position. Thanks to OW2, dozens of open source projects can benefit from a recognized open source community platform and access promotion resources to help build awareness in the global competitive arena. OW2 brings active community support to open source projects in three of the areas with the highest potential for growth: cloud computing, big data and internet of the future. Cloud computing: the relevance of the OW2 code base and its members' dynamism contributed to OpenStack choosing Paris for its international summit in November 2014. OW2 has also launched community initiatives along with its other two development priorities, Big Data and the Internet of the Future. Moreover, OW2 has developed its own quality program (Software Quality Assurance and Trustworthiness – SQuAT), a strong differentiator in the world of open source organisations. 

While OW2 is comprised of individual projects, members and initiatives, it is important to understand that our real added value is our synergy: "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts".

This month, at Cloud Expo Europe in London, we will be launching Open Cloud Forum by OW2, a new series of OW2-driven events to promote open cloud projects in Europe. And, next month sees the launch of our OW2 Webinar Series to promote OW2 members and projects. Stay tuned!

Thank you for your on-going support and Happy New Year of the Horse to our friends in China!

Cedric Thomas

PS: Project leaders: Do not forget to use the OW2 Forge to tell everybody about your project updates. News will appear on the OW2 forge, our home page and in this newsletter

>Project News

>Project Updates

 30 Jan 14: XWiki 5.4 Release Candidate 1 Released (Posted by: tmortagne)
 30 Jan 14: Talend Open Studio for Data Integration 5.3.2 is available (Posted by: pcoffre)
 27 Jan 14: eXo Platform 4.0.4 Released (Posted by: plamarque)
 22 Jan 14: XWiki 5.2.3 Released (Posted by: vmassol)
 09 Jan 14: XWiki 5.4 Milestone 1 Released (Posted by: tmortagne)

>Community News

CloudScape VI, February 24-25, Brussels

Calling all European cloud projects at CloudScape VI: Attend the OCEAN Session "Boost your cloud project dissemination and exploitation opportunities". Explore new opportunities for collaboration and help set the agenda of the April Collaboration workshop. More.

Cloud Expo Europe, February 26-27, London

OW2 will be well-represented at CEE 2014, both at the exhibition and at the conference through the Open Cloud Forum Visit us at booth #520 shared with CompatibleOnePrologue and Cloudwatt. UShareSoft, OW2 Corporate Member, will also be exhibiting (booth #613). More.

Open Cloud Forum by OW2, February 26-27, London

The London event, the first of the new Open Cloud Forum by OW2 Series, offers an intensive two-day program: three tutorials based on the main IaaS platforms (OpenStack, CloudStack, OpenNebula), seven presentations of European cloud projects and five presentations by the OW2 community. Registration is open and free!  More

Future Internet Assembly 2014, March 18-20, Athens

OW2 is organizing a session on open cloud at the Future Internet Assembly 2014 (FIA 2014), an event supported by the European Commission. Check out the session abstract and let us know if you want to submit a presentation. More.

Cloud Computing World Expo, April 9-10, Paris

OW2 is looking forward to organizing the second Open Cloud Forum at CCWE 2014 and, once again this year, an OW2 Village. Come and promote your open cloud project to a large audience. Contact us quickly! More.

iKoula Partnership for Cloud Resources

OW2 has teamed up with iKoula hosting company to offer new cloud services to OW2 and its projects. This partnership brings unique and new benefits and prospects for the community. More

Collaborative Project Annual Reviews

Two collaborative project annual reviews were successfully completed last month: RISCOSS, January 16, Brussels, and  OpenCloudware, January 23, Paris.

Community Events

The OW2 General Assembly will take place during Cloud Computing World Expo, end afternoon on April 9th.


OCEAN Open Cloud Project Collaboration Workshop, April 16-17, Brussels

Within the framework of the OCEAN project, we are planning to organize in Brussels, April 16-17, a special Open Cloud Project Collaboration Workshop aimed at creating gateways between open cloud projects, whether supported by the European Commission or the industry.

OW2 Webinar Series

Designed to support the OW2 community at large, the OW2 Webinar Series will be launched in a couple weeks. These Webinars include online tutorials, interactive demos and use cases. We invite OW2 members and collaborative project leaders to submit a hot topic, an abstract and presenters' names now! 

Solutions Linux, May 20-21, Paris

We are looking into organizing once again this year a OW2 Community Village at Solutions Linux. Members and partners sharing the booth will enjoy the benefit of a high visibility presentation slot in the OW2 conference track. Please contact us quickly!